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In Response to RE: Why Are Women Better At Being Alone? In response to by marymac59
I can certainly understand how a woman might feel after going through what you described. Men experience this differently, and many also become numb to the dating process.
This is a particularly tough time for seniors who want to date, but don't want to go through the frog kissing process any more.
Perhaps stepping back for long enough to consider your options, and then choosing one might help. I advocate for online dating for no other reason than that it works for me. I recently met an incredible woman online who I never would have met any other way. But, I also admit that I met dozens of women who weren't what I was looking for.
It's hard to define exactly who we want to meet, and that's one reason I put myself out there and meet a variety of women. Even though I always felt I had a "type", in truth, the woman with whom I'm in the early stages of a relationship, wouldn't have been on my "type" list.
Sometimes it helps to look beyond what we've traditionally felt was life partner material. Be a bit adventurous. But chemistry still plays a major role in this process. I may not know for certain whether or not a woman is perfect for me, but I sure know when she isn't.
Other than online dating, I recommend joining a local club that features your passions, such as hiking, bicycling, singing, playing in an orchestra, various art forms, and a myriad of other activities available in most communities.
But, you're going to have to be willing to get out there again and engage in the process, no matter how daunting that may feel.
Is finding a partner mandatory? Of course not, but unless you choose to spend your life without one, you're going to have to make the effort.