The newest season of 'The Bachelorette' has inspired me to start back up and write (at least it is something). I watched the premiere and while I think the show is more scripted than genuine, it still has a great angle. Who has the chance to meet men/women all across the US and date them? This opportunity is only presented should you choose to partake in a reality TV show. You get to explore the world and enjoy a complimentary vacation while you vie for someone's love. What is not to love?
I think the closest thing we have to a more practical version of 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' is Tinder. You can travel from state to state, set your mile radius to what you see fit, and swipe away. The one major problem: you leave shortly after you swipe someone decent.
What the show really touches on is finding love. Living in New York, you get a sad reality check that not many people are here to find love. When I think back to the 'Sex and the City' movie and Jennifer Hudson talking about moving to New York to find love, I laugh. Perhaps that happens but, more often then not, people move to the big apple to find a career. I got that sad wake up call about year ago from my old co-worker who has been living in the city almost her entire life; she is middle-aged and still dating away.
While I am perfectly content in my life right now (despite your typical challenges), it would be nice to meet other like-minded individuals. Finding friends, let alone someone you would consider dating, is not an easy task. A few months back, I was walking my dog and met this girl outside of my apartment. She was walking home from the subway and stopped to tell me how cute Rigby is. I was pretty cold and not looking to chat; however, she was very nice and had a cute dog as well. We talked for maybe 5 minutes and then I asked if she had a card. We both agreed it would be great to have a new friend and it was settled! One month later we are taking pottery classes and she invites me to her wedding in Spain (before I have even met her husband!). Now that is how I like to live my life.
If there is any point to this whole thing, it is that life is worth exploring. It is worth taking chances and not turning something down just because it doesn't sound practical or may appear to be crazy. Why not find a pen pal in another state (even if they came from Tinder). The best stories in life come from taking chances. XO