I ask myself as I post a smiling photo. I learned self-criticism along with my times tables. In spite of mine, I returned to online dating at 70 last month with a new mission and a new attitude. This is my second go-round in the world of virtual match-making. I no longer need to prove myself lovable. I am and I know it.
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My friends from college, family, and even complete strangers, were so excited to offer their support. I was surrounded by encouragement, pre-date pep talks, outfit recommendations, funny first date stories, and an abundance of dating advice. When I look back on all of the advice I was given, there is no doubt in my mind that it was all well-intentioned. After that first date with Joseph who is now my husband!
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Leaving out the obvious Internet factor, relationship seekers seem to have much less patience now than they did back then. Yes, there were blind dates, but it began as a connection made through someone you knew. You might have a couple of dates in a week, and they were with different women. This notion that you had to date one person exclusively from first date to break-up was nearly unheard of. There were no text messages or emails to hide behind.
Thirty years ago, dating was relatively simple. Yeah, they had weird matchmaking services where you had to send in a videotape of you talking about how much you enjoyed aerobics and monogamy and curling up in front of a nice warm fire but, compared to now, it was cake. Here's our breakdown of why it was easy, why it's gotten so tough, and -- courtesy of the panel of experts we enlisted for our very Mandy Moore-esque "How to Deal" tips -- how you can slice through the BS and make it easy once again. Deciding where to go was easy.