Dating at 62
Even the word scares me a little. I am, at 62, attempting to get out there and find someone. It's not that I mind being alone, it's that I DO NOT want to be lonely for the rest of my life. So...
I attempted to get out there. Gentleman #1...not working out because he has too much going on. He and I are not going on. Moving on.
Plenty of Fish...online dating. OK...met a really nice guy!!! Meeting next week. Constant chatter via email and talked 2 hours on the phone. I am nervous. He is intelligent (ck), funny (ck), nice (ck), smart (ck), has a job (ck), and is literate (ck). He has his own car, is somewhat of an entrepreneur, and ambitious (ck, ck, and ck). There's a LOT of my personal boxes checked off there! AND...he's not fugly! Did I just unknowingly hit the jackpot???
I have not dated for 5 years. I am admittedly woefully unprepared for that new world. At a friend's suggestion, I joined Meetup here in Denver, but so many of the events are on weeknights. Many nights, after watching my grandchild all day and caring for my mom, I am plum tuckered out! I finally will be going to an event in May.
I mean really--not until May?? Are you serious Alita?
Well, yes. I find it daunting to go to these events without a friend to stand beside. I am a bit shy (those of you who know me will laugh until your sides hurt at that), and meeting new people is a challenge. Once I know people, I'm ok. But it's that interim time that scares me a little. No, scares me a lot. WAY out of my comfort zone. But I am putting on the big girl panties, as they say, and going for it...even if it is 3 weeks away.
I think it's funny that I can do shows with strangers and never flinch. But go to a coffee event alone, and my guts are in turmoil just considering it! I used to do that stuff all the time. Go out by myself. But now...I am more unsure. At 62, I am body conscious (I don't have the body fantastic), my face has laugh lines, my hair has a mind of it's own sometimes...WHAT AM I THINKING?
Then I take a breath.
I am an amazing woman. I have raised 2 wonderful boys alone, with little outside help. I have accomplished SO many things in my lifetime, and these things have left me with a wealth of information and tools for living. I actually LIKE myself. I would want to be my friend. I am smart and intelligent and funny and caring and giving and strong within. I am talented, gifted, and pretty well rounded. I am financially solvent, have all my own teeth and hair, clean up nicely, and am at home with power tools.
What I am is a catch! And anyone who takes the time to get to know me will discover just how amazing I truly am.
So...I am going to get out into the world and have some fun. No...have a LOT of fun. And if you'd like to walk that path with me, just send me a message.
And to that POF guy who was smart enough to know a good thing---see you next week!