Growing up, I had all the same misconceptions that I think most girls do.
The One would come along nice and easy. I assumed I would date boys in high school, go to university, meet the love of my life in my last year, we would get awesome jobs, and end up married with dogs and kids in the suburbs living happily ever after.
THIS NEVER HAPPENS
I am, however, living the beginning of my happy ending. I found The One.
I got a job I hated, changed careers, and ended up as an estate agent. Long story short, I ended up on Tinder searching for women. Years of dating and flirting with some very wonderful and some very awful people, I swiped right on the love of my life, M, at the grand old age of 28.
There were a hundred times I thought I would be alone, just in 2015.
So here are my 9 reasons why you should keep dating and find The One:
When the world grinds you down all week, you have someone that will hold your hand and pretend nothing is happening whilst you cry uncorrelated buckets of tears at Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and release a week’s worth of tension.
2 Someone to share the burden with
You’ll have someone who will brush and blow your hair when you’re poorly and just can’t handle it. Even just having someone to split household chores with makes life just that little bit more bearable.
The thought of finally getting home to slippers, pyjamas and The One will get you through your sixth hour of traffic jams in two days.
4 Excitement keeps you young
Butterflies in your stomach. Forever. So worth it.
5 Someone to share with
When you’re in a restaurant and you can’t decide between two meals, you have someone to order the other so you can try both. When you see a beautiful rainbow, you have someone to send it to.
6 A problem shared is a problem halved
There’s always someone to make you see another side to the thing you’re worrying incessantly about.
7 There’s no place like home
You’ll have someone that, no matter where you are in the world, no matter how bad you feel, when you’re with them, you are home.
Morning cuddles. A hand to hold in the cold. Kisses in the rain. Enough Said.
So please. Don’t give up on dating; don’t give up on yourself. You deserve to be loved. Your reward for all things good will come, exactly at the right time. Say yes to the man in the coffee shop. Ask the girl in the park if she wants to share a coffee. Tweet that person with the hilarious gifs that retweets you. Load that dating app and Swipe Right. Whatever avenue you want to take to date town, stride boldly and enjoy the journey!