Dating During a Pandemic

In all my life- I never imagined to see, let alone write those words above.

They don’t prepare you for these types of things in romantic comedies. Though, I do anticipate seeing it someday.

Picture it: A whole movie of people texting from home in their pjs… Ok maybe the idea is almost as bad as enduring it in real life. I promise you it isn’t that bad- let me explain.

Dating under normal circumstance takes patience and good communication. Imagine having to navigate it with social distancing guidelines, state mandates regarding curfews and restrictions, mask wearing… you get the gist. It surely makes for an interesting time. Is it terrible? No. Impossible? No. Does it take a little adjusting? Definitely.

It is a whole new ballgame and I had/have no idea how to play.

I’d imagine that meeting someone online has never been more popular. With many places still being closed or on the verge of closing and with circles being tighter than ever- it was an obvious choice for me to try online dating during this time. Now, I have online dated in the past due to location and work life balance so this wasn’t all together new to me. It just seemed like the best option given the circumstances.

Virtual dates are a thing and they aren’t that bad. For someone who fancies themself to be a homebody, virtual dates surely take a lot of pressure off. It’s like having the home field advantage and makes meeting the person much easier.

I never thought I’d need to decide on which mask to wear to meet someone for the first time. In case you are wondering- I wore light pink. Did it match my outfit? Not really and yes, that bummed me out.

It’s important to be on the same page as the other person when it comes to COVID19. Like any other topic- your comfort level is of the utmost importance. I know that the pandemic can be slightly controversial. Some people are more strict with their personalference s and some are more relaxed. No matter your feelings, be open and honest about what you are comfortable with. I cannot say this is an actual conversation that was had but it was more of a gradual move towards meeting in person. A quiet restaurant in a nearby city was a great choice for dinner- it was well maintained, guidelines were followed and the staff was very cautious.

Let’s be honest: 2020 has robbed us of so many things. It felt like much of our lives got put on hold due to COVID19. I never imagined putting such an important part of my life- my personal life, on the back burner. Thankfully, with a little help from technology, there are options to keep yourself in the game.

“If you don’t fill your days with love, you are wasting your life. “

Until next time,

xoxo

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