I’ve been divorced for five years and I only recently started dating again.
Now that I have, I’ve come to the realization that I waited too long.
If you’re divorced, or have ended a long-term relationship, well-meaning relatives and friends may encourage you to start dating again soon.
But how will you know when you're ready for a new relationship?
However, if you wait too long, some things happen that make dating more difficult.
After some time, you start to enjoy the freedom that comes with being on your own. If you don’t feel like making your bed, there’s no one there to get mad at you for it.
“Everyone ends a relationship by grieving the emotional investment.
You can stay in your pajamas and watch chick flicks on Netflix, or you can get up early and run non-stop all day. The longer you wait, the more scared you are to enter the dating world, especially if you were married a long time and enjoyed the comfort and security of a loving relationship.
The thought of fielding pick-up lines from guys at bars can make you hyperventilate.
Especially the people you want to attract, aka awesome men.
I went out with a girlfriend in Montclair, NJ, to a fun place called Just Jakes. It was a little deceiving, sure, but I thought telling the guys I was a single mom would influence their answers—and I wanted raw thoughts.
This may start as a simple coffee date down the street on Saturdays in between feedings when your babysitter or relative can stop by.