Cherise and Thomas
When Cherise met Thomas, she thought that she had finally met the man of her dreams. He was intelligent and charming. After dating for three years, they decided to marry. It seemed as if everything was going smoothly until two years later, after their first child was born. Thomas began to seem distant and withdrawn. When Cherise confronted Thomas, he confessed that he had fallen in love with someone else. He planned on leaving Cherise, and he was unwilling to go to couples counselling.
Cherise was devastated. She looked back at their marriage and could only see happy memories. How could this have happened? She felt utterly blindsided.
After some time of being single, Cherise started to worry that she would never find anyone. She felt like she was too old to find anyone. A lot of her single friends had told her that all of the good men were taken. This seemed to give her even less hope that she would find someone. One of her friends convinced her to set up an online dating profile. Her online chats seemed to feel shallow. She went on one or two dates but struggled to find the connection.
Dating After a Breakup or Divorce
Dating after a breakup or a divorce can be difficult because we are looking to find that secure connection with our past partner. This is unfair to your date because they just met you. That connection won’t be there because you haven’t had time to get to know each other.
When you are still in love with your ex, it isn’t easy to give anyone new a chance. You don’t have the emotional space to let anyone else in. No one will be able to live up to the pedestal that you have placed your ex onto.
Here are 5 things to consider when you decide to put yourself out there:
1. Work on you
Spend the time that you spent on your ex on yourself. What do you want with your life? How is your mental and physical health? What would you like to learn and grow into?
2. Go with where you are at
No one is perfect, so don’t think that you have to be perfect to find someone. Accept yourself for who you are and work on the areas of your life that need improvement. Everyone is looking for someone different; maybe you are what someone is looking for, just as you are.
3. Let go of your ex
If you genuinely want to move forward, you need to let go of the past. Allow yourself space to grieve and heal. Please do not talk to your ex; go on their social media or ask friends about them. Please get rid of any evidence of them that causes you pain.
4. It’s a statistics game
You might have to go on several dates before you meet the right person. Some will be fun, and some will be boring. Some people you will like and some people will like you. If someone doesn’t want to see you again, it is ok to ask why. Try not to take it too personally. They might not be looking for the same thing that you are.
5. Have a positive attitude
Not all of the right people are taken. If you feel like there is no hope to have a good date, you will act this out on your date. When you find someone you do like, you might cling too hard to them because you are afraid there isn’t anyone out there. On the flip side, if you do connect with someone, don’t dismiss them because you have too many options.
Modern-day dating can be challenging to get used to. Over time you will figure out who you are, what you want, and what you don’t want. It takes time, so be gentle and patient with yourself and the process.
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