First comes love, then comes marriage… and in this day and age the statistical follow up seems to be then comes divorce, then comes dating, then (omg cringe) SEX then maybe love again.
Sheesh, I'm getting a mild migraine just contemplating it.
So how do you 'restart' dating?
When you have spent a significant portion of your life as one half as a duo and suddenly find yourself a solo act, the very thought is daunting. Modern dating isn't just another world, it's an entirely alien star system, despite any fantasies you might harbour about being snatched from your bed in the middle of the night and probed (eww).
Listen to me on Mamamia's new podcast Restart. This week, I chat to Rebekah Campbell, who set herself the challenge of going on 138 dates in one year to try and shake herself out of a dating slump. Post continues after audio.
I know it's all about dipping your toe in the pool, but for me, the dating pool now is less of the Olympic variety, and more inflatable toddlers paddling.
No one is going the distance, staying in their lane or striving for gold when it comes to online dating. It’s a more soupy mess of tangled toys, tantrums and inflatables. Too many bodies and grinning faces crammed in too small a space with about as much romance as a public toilet, and often used for the same purpose... so I'm not sure how keen I am to dive in.
Running with that metaphor, I tend to look at dating like a toddler would a bowl of soup; looks good, I'd like to try it, but I've got absolutely no idea how to do it, what to do with it, or if I have the requisite skills to manage it.
There is little that doubt things will get messy...
Talking 'the talk' of dating presents the first hurdle. I have a long-term love affair with wordplay but never realised the dating scene would open up an entirely new language for me to explore.
There's ‘ghosting’ which involves hooking up once or twice, then DISAPPEARING FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.
Then there is 'catfishing'. What I thought was the national water sport of Mississippi is in fact grooming and forging an online relationship with someone under a false character, then infiltrating and blowing up their life WITHOUT EVER MEETING THEM.
I know! Wild, right? What it has to do with either cats or fishing, I'm not sure but I'm gonna roll with it.