Your bigger challenge will be expressing your interest.
How am I supposed to meet a girl while living a dirtbag life, particularly options other than Tinder? I don’t think girls will be your problem; you’ll be climbing and exploring and running into all sorts of like-minded folks.
I’m hitting the road for van life and hopefully to up my climbing game.
A guy traveling in a van, though fun and sexy and exciting, doesn’t exactly scream “potential romantic partner.” After all, wouldn’t he rather be hitting the road? Would he need to get, like, a permanent parking space? Suddenly they’re thinking of single friends to set you up with.
You may find that women, even single women who think you’re totally cute, are reluctant to see you as a potential boyfriend. Let’s say you make some new climbing buddies and they ask if you have a girlfriend or boyfriend (which they will, because relationship status is the Age/Sex/Location of in-person encounters). And if someone’s interested, they’ll hear through the grapevine that you might be, too.
Let’s be straight here: This is the opposite of a problem. It’s that you’re meeting someone new, and maybe they’ve stalked you on Instagram, but this date is in real life, which means that instead of seeing the “best” photos that show your nose only from the precise angle that makes it look best, or that one group selfie from a night out that happened to be the only night you went out all summer, they’re going to see your unfiltered face and body and skin. Here you are, wanting to be seen and cherished and loved—and you’re about to introduce your date to the precise parts of yourself that, on your worst days, make you fear you are unlovable. The way your cheek twitches when you’re trying not to smile. The fact that you never leave dishes in the sink and always remember your friends’ birthdays.
You are the envy (and the secret hope) of every person to ever go on a first date. They’re going to hear your loud voice, or your stutter, or the fact that you squeak when you sneeze.
The parts of yourself that would never make the Instagram cut, that you’d delete from your deleted files rather than risk posting by accident.
It’s all extra-terrifying because the person on Instagram, the person your date has glimpsed, is the precise person you wish you were.
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