I’ve come to realize that for me dating is a lot like traveling to a foreign land! It is about meeting new people, making new friends, exploring other cultures, being open to new beliefs, and connecting with other intellectuals. It is far less about romance, though that is a goal, it is a byproduct of the rest.
If we all looked at dating like this rather than as a job interview (which it can sometimes feel like!), we might come away with an expanded circle of friends and increased wisdom rather than just another two hours with a stranger. Finding others to connect with is often clouded by inappropriate expectation and even a bit of dread and what the “date” may hold. Better to advance with an open heart, an open mind, and open eyes and come away with the unique gifts each individual brings.
There are reasons we meet everyone, so if we are open to the lessons and experience we will be that much richer for it. MG