Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Taking it All In

Life seems like a whirlwind lately. I know it's cliche, but it is.  I went from having little else to do outside of work and sleep to barely a free minute in only seven months.

So what happened?

I was sitting at home alone one night, bored. A commerical came on for eHarmony... I had been making fun of the commercials for months, claiming that it likely didn't work. But this night, this night was different.

"I'm sure they ask ridiculous questions." I told myself of the survey that eHarmony users are supposed to be matched on.  "How could they possibly match two people without even knowing them?" I was skeptical to say the least.

EHarmony was having a free communication weekend, so I thought I'd fill out the questionnaire.  What could happen, right?

I filled out the questionnaire and waited while it searched for compatible matches. And then the results: "We're sorry, but there were no matches returned at this time" or something to that extent. I hate to admit it, but I was devastated.  There were no matches? Really? Of the thousands and thousands of users?? I hadn't even limited the search results that much. I had given myself a three-hour radius.  I live in a Midwest state, so that is pretty much the whole state.

I went to bed, even more set in my belief that I was doomed to be alone forever. The next day, I woke up and checked again, "just to see".  Lo and behold, there were matches!

I was intrigued and wanted to know more. The guys I was matched with sounded interesting...but surely there was something wrong with them. Why else were they online dating, after all...nevermind the fact that I was doing the same thing!

I ended up paying for the service so that I could view my matches' pictures. It was the best thing for me.  My matches went from a disheartening zero to hundreds very quickly. Soon it was overwhelming.

Not long after my first foray into the online dating world, I met my guy. We started by sending each other emails through the security of eHarmony -- no need to share personal emails or phone numbers. A first date soon followed.  I was so nervous!

Luckily, things worked out for the best! I can't imagine my life without him now. No more sitting at home alone. Instead, it's off to hockey games, family functions, vacations, meetups with friends, and all that life has to offer two busy people.