The princess on the pea or finding the needle in the haystack

What happened to the princes? Why are there only frogs?

Okay, so we all do not want to spend our life alone at least most. So why is it so hard to find someone? Even online where you have an abundance of choice it is still hard to find the fitting suitor. I do not believe that my requirements for my partner are unreasonable but I also do not want to settle for less. I know I will have to make a few compromises but I am not willing to compromise on everything. I believe a lot of people share my sentiment. So why has it become so hard and why is there seemingly less choice? Have we become less flexible or have our standards gone up?
I am sure as so many things in life the more available, accessible and advanced things become the more our requirements go up, e.g. like having a fridge or not in the 1950’s.

Where do I go from there in this catch 22 situation?

I mean I would like a reliable, loyal partner with ambition, humour and the same outlook and goals in life. Someone I can share my day with, surprise, have a laugh with, spoil and enjoy the finer things in life with. Ideal would be if he were educated, handsome and had a nest egg, but those are not the be all and end all of this.

So why did I get dealt so crappy hands?

I know my friends say you picked them. I am not quite sure that comment is fair. Seeing choosing a weirdo can always happen to anyone and the older you get the more faulty produce is left on the shop shelf, that is my saying.

Once upon a time and a whole lot of WTF

I will let you into some weird anecdotes of my dating experience of the last few years and yes there is a vast amount of weirdos.

  • We had plans to go for brunch (his idea, his choice of venue, really expensive restaurant), he came with a bag which I commented on (supposedly for fitness, more like weapon of excuse). Then he mentioned he had already eaten at home even before I sat down and did not want to order. The waitress was not impressed as they are only open for brunch, not drinks. I decided to have brunch. He listened to me, never told me really anything about himself. I wanted to finish by getting a fruit bowl, he said he needed to go to fitness. So my reaction was let me eat this then we can go. His answer no I really have to go to fitness and fled. Then it turned out he did not even pay for his drinks. Thank god the waitress was understanding and did not charge me. By the way, met this guy on an elite dating app and not tinder.

 

  • Another chap was even more disrespectful. He went on a drinks date, decided to invite his friend along after spending the hour before bragging about how well hung he is as he is Mexican. We went out as he and his friend smoke. Outside he was eyeing up another girl. The second time he went for a smoke I decided to stay indoors. He dragged the girl in and in all honesty tried to sell this drunken chick as an old acquaintance. However, they had not yet made the connaissance of my savvy self and slammed him in the floor by saying I know all and your bird will be going home with her male BFF as they have already been together that is why he is hanging on to her and drooling all over her. Congratulation you have just won the 1st prize for the shittiest date and I am off clubbing without you. Good luck on getting laid tonight.

 

  • This one is similar to the first and actually originated from the same app. Is it only me that sees a pattern? He showed up for the second date. All well and good we went for drinks and then when it came to paying he wanted to but his card got declined. He works as a financial lawyer. He only has one card? Mhhh I was annoyed but paid. The next day we met for lunch. Shortly after ordering he disappeared to the ATM, to only come back and beg me to pay. Are all these supposed hotshots pathological liars or con artists?

I am sure there are a few more that I cannot think of at the moment. Let me know what your experiences are and if you have a super partner how you found them. I am really curious.

In the mean time I will be analysing and thinking of ways how to find mr. right for me.

 

 

Weeding through rubbish

How many more?

I had a very insightful and productive conversation with my neighbour regarding online dating. Her impression was either side of the fence gay or not it is hard and no matter what gender you date, we all struggle with the same. Her point of view was also that I would have to go on dates with maybe 10 shitty guys, to then go on dates with another 10 that are okay, to then find 5 that I might be interested in. That is true however I do believe reality is harsher.

My analogy to dating:

You have a bowl of popcorn. That is the total global male population.
Half of that bowl of popcorn can get axed as they are too old or young. Then you can kill a quarter as they are taken, then you can half and that quarter and kill the 8th as they are gay, from the leftover 8th you can exclude the 12th as they are incompatible for reasons like education or do not speak the same language etc., the 1/24 do not want or have the same outlook, the 48th are commitophobics, and the last 96th are guys that are not my type. So in the best case scenario of a global male population of 3.08 billion, I just have to sieve trough roughly¬†39’583’333 Million men all over the globe. Mhh seems doable. Sarcastic cough. Plus that is not encompassing the more precise breakdown of it which at the end leaves me with a crumb of a popcorn due to wishes and values that should match up.

My whole analogy is realistic but got labelled harsh. Yes, life is harsh and with online dating, it has become this much harsher. Everybody a poke or swipe away. Everything has become the chase for the next best thing, always trying to see if there might be something better that could tweak my interest.

Yes, life is harsh and with online dating, it has become this much harsher. Everybody a poke or swipe away.

Without the meandering possibility, the past presented itself simpler. I believe there was not the vast amount of possibilities so people did not think of looking for something better. In the two pools of very small communities I know in which people share the same wishes, hopes and values people seem vastly less picky and seem to settle easier. They seem happier and stick together.

Also, gender shifts, attitudes, fights and all that goes with equality, lead to more pressure and strain on relationships. It becomes harder to find someone who has the same wishes and expectations. Not to mention globalisation where people of all sort of socio-ecological background are now mingling whilst mangling the dating scene. Adding to the intricacy. We are all becoming more complex leading to our disintegration.

I love diversity but too much choice inhibits…

 

Getting back on the horse

Online Dating and First Impressions

Online Dating can be super brutal and even worse when you have a low self-esteem or are within the narcissistic spectrum.

I had heard so much bad about online dating lately, especially in terms of Plenty of Fish and Tinder.  Having tried another online dating website that was a horrible experience, I was very reluctant to try another one with the prospect of it turning out the same. After the facebook ad kept popping up in my feed and it seemed nice I decided to join. The inner circle is like a small world, Instagram, elite singles and tinder all rolled into one.

The first impressions of all the guys on that page were wow. Handsome, ambitious, educated and super successful. My first thought was am I enough. I always feel like I am not slim enough, attractive enough or successful enough despite being told otherwise. I do believe it has to do with my experience with men. I tend to get looked at as a piece of meat, a fling, a nice past time, a nice face but nothing serious at least not with the ones I am interested in. That it is like an old wound that does not want to heal and keeps gaping open.

My first thought was am I enough. I always feel like I am not slim enough, attractive enough or successful enough despite being told otherwise.

So there I went against all odds and my inner voice. I added my Facebook data as the app only works with that. I dragged in my old pics, I added some new ones and started typing. At first, my profile was common I am like this and you should be like that blabla. It did not stand out or seem special in any way, shape or form. The first 24 hours were tough, I felt unworthy to be on this dating platform. I was close to giving up and wondered if anyone would ever write.

Change your mindset, stand out and be uniquely you

After the first day, I decided to change things. I had remembered what my mentor had said, “hey you are smart how come do you not know how to market yourself?” I am a typical girl, which means we are not brought up to boast or market ourselves but rather to stay discreetly in the background. If I wanted to attract sensible guys I would have to change that. I would have to stand out make my personality shine and become a little more brazen.

So I researched the internet on tips carried them all together and made kind of a mashup off all the tips. That resulting in the best profile I had ever made of myself. My male friends thought it really capture my personality and said it stood out from an average dating profile.

I will share my tricks with you for a successful dating profile:

  • Have about 5-6 pictures, one headshot for the main, one full body no bikini shots that gives off the wrong impression, the other few showing your favourite hobbies. Yes first impressions count unfortunately here it are Never use photos with sunglasses if you can help it your eyes say so much about you and avoid posting only pictures with friends as how else will they know which one you are? Please no selfies, especially mirror ones or toilet ones and at all times no peace signs, duckfaces or anything like that or have you ever heard anyone call those pictures classy?

 

  • The main picture preferably being a black and white headshot candidly taken, not looking into the camera but smiling with your teeth showing and wearing your hair up. For a man please take a black and white too, looking straight into the camera and smiling without showing your teeth. Most people use colour so black and white really stands out. Headshot should be just you and please no selfies. The other suggestions are based on statistical ascertainment on what the genders deem enticing.

 

  • Never and I repeat never use to old pics. Half a year is acceptable everything else is cheating and will leave your opposite feeling cheated.

 

  • Use the simple but logical formula, who I am, You, a relationship or alternatively what you are looking for.

 

  • Write a zingy text. It does not have to be long but it should show your personality. Keep it short and simple and think about what makes you uniquely you. Feel free to be quirky or make jokes.

 

  • No false modesty. Shine your own light. Be your biggest cheerleader because if you do not find yourself cool why would anyone else? Let’s face it we all attracted to confident people. If you feel like putting a flaw in or otherwise you will feel like hypocrites. You can do that but apply the same rule as in a job interview make it look like a positive. Something along the lines of “I am like Eva Longoria super steamy hot, fiery hot tamales, so much so I can burn a fried egg in a second to a charcoal heap” ;).

 

  • Avoid negative wording. Do not say things like I hope to find the perfect man. That already sounds resigned with hoping. Say something along the lines of my ideal man is……

 

  • Do not look hot and heavy, desperate or all in one. Tone it down. Keep it breezy still stating your expectation but without applying pressure. I want to find someone to settle down with and have a family but if I put that anywhere into my profile any man even the nice ones will feel pressured and run a mile.

 

  • Sex sells but mind the pitfalls and the slim line between slutty and sexy. Suttle sex appeal goes a far way but it can become sultry very quickly. Avoiding things like I am a very sexual being and go for a flexible yoga pic without a comment or say something like, I can tie knots into to cherry stems with my tongue, build something like that into your profile. Or else you might be reduced to a. just sex or b. you take the mystic away from them. Men like the chase, the mystery.

 

  • Do not limit yourself by being too picky. Having standard is good and knowing what you want but I you turn up with a long wishlist you might be excluding somebody who is fitting but not in little details. Keep an open mind and be flexible, you are only going on dates and not mail ordering a groom.

 

  • Do not say things jerks, players and iditios move on, as that might be understood as a challange and as the law of attraction states by naming them you are actually inviting them along for the game.

 

  • Make yourself accesible by having conversation openers. The worst profiles are the ones that interest you but you do not know how to start a conversation with that person as they never provided you with a gateway.

 

Be direct while exuding mystery, be modest while flaunting what you have got, be open while explaining what you need. Be yourself, be flirty, not too cute and keep it brief. Do not lie, exaggaerate, intimdate or irritate.

Happy flirting everybody and may you find your soulmate, as I believe it is never too late in the game to have a second chance.