I am having another wave of dating at the moment... went out for dinner and wine Monday night with a very nice high school acting teacher. He looked cute in his profile but the pictures were angled such that I couldn't see his build. I may have mentioned I prefer conscious, intelligent lumberjack types - partly because I'm a solid gal myself. :) Anyway, when we met, I noticed he had a smaller build, which lessened the attraction. * Sidenote: As anyone who had online dated can attest, these small disappointments are commonplace, as of course we are all going to put our most flattering photos online or perhaps have photos that don't fully show how we look, and human nature is to project what we want to see.
But he was really nice and warm and interesting, so we had a lovely conversation with good connection, laughing, and some flirting, as well. It's one of those situation where I could talk myself into pushing forward, even though the attraction is not quite there, but I don't want to put myself or him through the place where that strategy has led me in the past. Sooo, even though we indicated we would see each other again, and I know I would have a good time if a did, I'm thinking probably no. What do you think?
There are a couple other men I have been communicating with and will likely meet with soon. One guy seems really interesting in terms of his art and activism work in SF, but initially I did not see much depth in his profile. Strangely, a few months later, his profile now seems to have more depth. I think when I initially read his profile, he had recently ended a relationship and was in a not-so-great place so maybe he is more open now. In any case, I'm more excited to meet him now and will probably have a coffee date in the next week or so if all goes well.
Related to my dating attitude: During a recent coaching session (a guy from my leadership program and I are continuing to co-coach each other), he said something like, "What if there is someone out there who will love you just the way you are, right now." I think this was in response to me sharing how I feel not-so-attractive right now and like I need to lose a few pounds, etc. When he said that, however, it really landed with me and I have been thinking of it periodically ever since. There are people out there like me - skinnier, heavier, more attractive, less attractive - who find people and fall in love. So why not me? Am I so hideous that no one could love me? There are men out there who would love me just as I am. This is very comforting to recognize and sit with.
I guess that's about all for now. I found a possible roommate, so this has expanded my housing search possibilities. More on that later... xo