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Online Dating, Fix Ups & a Cat Lady Future

by Ilana Angel

April 14, 2013 | 9:48 pm

Well it happened.  After feeling sorry for myself, crying, and drowning my sorrow in red wine and cosmos, I have rejoined the dating world.  It was a surprisingly easy decision.  People give the advice that after a break up you need to heal and give yourself time, but the truth is that you never heal from lost love.  I was in love, the relationship ended, and life goes on.

When you drink too much and wake up with a hangover, they say you should have a drink to take the edge off.  The same applies to love in my opinion. When a man breaks your heart, you need to find another man to heal it.  The only thing that can fill a hole carved out by love, is love.  So, I’m back in the game, and after a couple of days of online dating, I am drinking heavily.

I have joined JDate and Match.com and it has been painful.  There are men dating online who are using the same picture they did 10 years ago. There are men who list The Notebook as their favorite movie, and men who insist they are bringing no baggage into their next relationship.  In short, online dating has a lot of men, and a whole lot of lying.  Shoot me now.

In searching through the countless men, I realized two important things. One:  Beyond frogs, there might be actual toads in my future.  Two: Love is grand and I can remember more good than bad, so love is possible.  When you are dating, online or otherwise, the most important thing is to know that love is out there.  If you believe it is possible, it will in fact be possible.

I feel sad to be starting over. I am 47 years old, have a son with one foot out the door, and I will spend my new dating life just one bad date way from another cat.  The sadness is there, but the hope is greater.  I have hope that I will find love and during the process not have a date so bad I want to get another cat, bite my nails, cut my hair, or damage my liver too badly.

I am going to stay positive, approach it all with a sense of humor, and pray that I avoid killers, convicted felons, and the toothless.  I am also going to publicly state that I am open to fix ups.  I know a lot of people, and those people know a lot of people, so someone has got to know a nice Jewish man to fix me up with.  How hard can it be?  Needle in a haystack hard!

So it begins.  I am officially single and looking.  I’m a little older, a little wiser, a little thinner, and a little bitter.  At the end of the day I am also fabulous, funny, pretty, kind, giving, and sexy.  I am going to find a man who sees it, appreciates it, wants it, and is made better because of it.  Here we go people.  I am taking you all along with me, so lets keep the faith.

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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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