Calling all my single ladies! Cue the Beyonce music!
Online dating. Zoom ‘meet-ups’ during Covid. Texting. Social media. Awkward conversations. Countless numbers of dating apps. Break-ups. Make-ups.
Oh, and don’t forget all of the endless swiping involved in search of “Mr. Right”.
Sheesh – modern dating is not for the faint of heart! And that is coming from a girl who considers herself a pioneer, if you will, of the online dating world!
That’s right! This is exactly how Justin and I met… 17 years ago!
Not even around for a decade at the time, and still very taboo, I met my husband on Match (back when it wasn’t just for dating but primarily for making friends!).
I laugh thinking about it because it was something that you just didn’t do then! So instead of owning it, Justin and I agreed that we would tell friends and family that we met at the coffee shop where we had our first date. (Pretty sure we were not the only ones to have developed this ploy.)
I wouldn’t have known it at the time, but that one cup of coffee would soon turn into a friendship, followed by an exclusive relationship, followed by a marriage of almost 14 years and counting.
So trust me, I am by no means knocking online dating! I actually love how socially acceptable it has become!
But! I do think that I may have had it a bit easier 17 years ago when the selection of sites was limited. Oh, and the dating jargon more easily understood!
(If there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that 17 years ago birdboxing, breadcrumbing, caspering, and haunted housing were not a part of my vocabulary – as hilarious as they may be!)
So, am I single right now? Nope. However, I can definitely empathize with the hardships of a “waiting season” just as easily as the next girl. Except that my wait is no longer for a husband, it’s for a family.
I think we can all relate to that waiting season actually.