Here we are in quarantine, and to think about dating is probably one of the strangest things to think about, although dating apps and sites have made it easy to date from a distance, that isn’t what this post is about though.
In my life, dating is a very quick and easy story to tell. That’s because It is almost non-existent. I could say it was because I was overweight and unattractive to the world, because that’s what it felt like, but it wasn’t that. It was all combination of everything you can possibly think of. Being overweight and being un happy, being lazy and being unhappy, not having confidence in who I am and being unhappy. I think the trend is pretty clear being unhappy was a very large factor in what I was doing or not so much doing, because when you can’t even see yourself as somebody worth something, you’ll never have any kind of chance of really doing anything social.
To separate my weight loss and just overall confidence is an important part of this journey, I really started to throw myself in this world right away after finally being able to look in the mirror and saying WOW, I don’t recognize myself anymore so maybe the people who never wanted me before may want me now. As ridiculous as that seemed, it worked, sort of.
I immediately downloaded two of the most common dating apps Bumble and Tinder and the world I thought I was ready for was thrust upon me like an ever-building tidal wave, it was swiping left and right, this almost skill I had to rewire right away. Like was I really one to be judging someone based off of their looks, to say they are attractive to me so swipe right. That was its whole thing to consider, but consideration went out the window when I was shipped right on.
I didn’t know how to talk to these girls. All the thoughts that could run through your mind when you start talking to someone attractive were running through mine. What do I say? Do I try to be Funny? Do I play hard to get? Now if you knew me then, you know just how hilarious that is. No matter what I tried, I could never figure it out, conversations always died off and things never really came to fruition. I can tell you though it wasn’t because of a lack for trying. I enjoy talking and I enjoy learning about people, it would just somehow never seem natural and again never really turn into anything. For a while it became so discouraging so seemingly pointless, because here I am finally confident in myself not only physically but mentally because finally, I felt like I was being seen. When it would have been so easy to give up and go back into being so negative again, one thing became clear. Consistency and learning as you go was going to be my new normal.
As I had to pep talk to myself again and again, “you worked every day to lose weight and now you have to keep the consistency here too because nothing happens overnight”. Experience though was the key. Each day, each swipe and each interaction would show me something. I could see my communication changing and my confidence in myself continue to grow. Conversations became better with matches and meetings became a thing (whole other serious of post). I was finally starting to figure this out, or so it seemed.
With anything you do in life where you go from one thing to another, it’s all about learning along the way. For me it was learning how to not shy away from situations and opening myself up for something that was so foreign to allow myself to experience everything and honestly no overthink something that is so easy to overthink. Understanding that if someone is meant to be in your life they will be, and if you truly experience the path your own, good things will come from it. Dating can be such a bumpy road, but if you open your heart, and yourself the good and the bad will teach you so much more than shutting yourself off from the world.