Dating often gets a bad rap and I have certainly been a contributor to that notion.A string of bad dates over the course of several years can lead you down the path to Bitter Town. I then of course, download the album/band that my date is gushing over. Dating is also a universal topic, and one that everybody is interested in, whether by sympathy, solidarity, or in some cases, thinly veiled pity.The truth is, I love being single, and I think dating is fun. Yes, but I’ve been able to forge a writing career out of what are arguably questionable choices. And so, if you’re newly single, or a seasoned veteran like I am, here are five reminders as to why dating is awesome. I get the conundrum; good boys give you a sense of security and bad boys give good cake by the ocean.A string of bad dates over the course of several years can lead you down the path to Bitter Town.Heed this warning: while you may stop there from time to time, Bitter Town is not a place you want to set up residence in. More often than not, I find myself on a date with a really cool human, and I have zero attraction to them.
Maybe you are the type of person who enjoys dating.Heed this warning: while you may stop there from time to time, Bitter Town is not a place you want to set up residence in. More often than not, I find myself on a date with a really cool human, and I have zero attraction to them. I’m constantly on the lookout for new adventures of the gastronomical kind, and letting your date choose where to have dinner has led me to some pretty incredible places around the Calgary. My i Pod is eclectic, erratic, but I’m no longer limited my high school playlists of Nickelback, the Offspring, and West Side Connection. I’m a natural story teller, and the fodder I gather from going on so many dates provides endless entertainment. You’d think that after all this time I’d have my nerves under control, but I don’t.The truth is, I love being single, and I think dating is fun. Yes, but I’ve been able to forge a writing career out of what are arguably questionable choices. And so, if you’re newly single, or a seasoned veteran like I am, here are five reminders as to why dating is awesome. It’s not a bad date, it’s just your regular, run-of-the-mill date where the conversation is fun, but you’re feeling that friend zone approaching faster than the speed of light. It’s also expanded my food comfort zone, and added some expensive wine to my list of favourites. As well, when people find out what I do for a living, they can’t wait to add to my story collection. Every first date has the potential to be my last first date, and there is something so profound in making that statement.I’ve already expressed my argument for why in two posts: one on how critical it is to find the right life partner and how seriously we should take that quest, and another on why going to bars is a terrible life experience.The first step in ending up with the right person is meeting the right person, and for something so important in our lives, we’ve had for doing it efficiently and intelligently.The way the current trend is heading, what will dating be like in 2030, and will that be a better or worse time to be on the dating market than 1995? I think the term “online dating” is part of the problem and makes people who don’t know much about it think it refers to people forming entire relationships online and only meeting in person much later.Simply considered as online meeting people, it makes a ton of sense.I’d die alone in my cabin in the woods, surrounded by my twelve cats and have them eat my rotting carcass before I ever crossed over into code-WTF-desperate.) Now that we cleared that up—pun intended—let’s move on. Biological Clock: From age 28 to now, mine has sounded like Big Ben. And dating while raising kids is like playing the worst game of Go Fish ever.The whole time you are thinking, “Does my date have the cards I need to make a set or don’t they?I’ve tried to settle on someone my father could bro out with — which I understand to be the litmus test for good relationship, right?A nice, law abiding man that will make your parents and friends proud and worry less for your emotional wellbeing?