Added 4/19/13- I've decided this isn't for me. I tried, but this is not a venue that seems to work for me. I just feel like we should all get off the computer and go out. It would be so much easier to just talk to you in person. Oh well. There sure are a lot of nice people out there. Too bad we can't just find each other out in the real world! :)
Okay, so I've never been the damsel-in-distress type, but let me just say this much...I really hope you're some kind of Prince Charming coming along to rescue me from the odd perils of dating at this age and stage of life. :) I know that there must be people out there in the same boat as I am, and why we don't run into each other out in the real world, I'll never know. So perhaps you're here...
And now I will attempt the awkward task of trying to sound like "me" in a forum where I could not possibly sound like "me." So here's the Reader's Digest version: I am as real as they come, and I am hoping for the same. I say what I mean, and I mean what I say, and I am hoping for the same. I am positive and grateful for all that I have in my life, and I am hoping for the same. I have values, strong ones, and am hoping for the same.
That's the bare bones of it, I guess. And if I met you in person, you'd probably know all of this in a matter of moments, as I've got no skills when it comes to pretending to be someone I'm not. If you want/need more info, read on.
I am down-to-earth, friendly, and easy to get to know. I am an energetic, independent woman with a zest for life...I like to make the most of every day. I am looking for a confident, interesting man who has a full life of his own. I don't like drama, and I'm not a game player. I am a lifelong learner- curious and dying to learn new things. I believe we only get one chance to live our lives, and ought to live it to the fullest. I fill my days with the things that matter to me most and don't sweat the small stuff.
My teenage kids are the light of my life- I enjoy them and their lives tremendously, but try to make sure I also have my own. I am a busy person, but always make time for the people who are important to me. I have amazing friends who keep me doing fun things, but am always looking to expand my horizons. I believe in human relationships, community and doing things for the greater good. I believe in remembering to tell people you love them, maintaining strong relationships with friends and family, and living in the present.
I like to be around people who are positive and confident. I'm a good partner and love spending time with someone I care about, but I also wholeheartedly believe that each partner in a relationship needs his or her own interests and pursuits as well. I am a supportive and understanding partner and hope to find the same. I don't expect perfection by any means and actually really appreciate people's little imperfections of all kinds. I laugh readily, smile easily, and will always look you straight in the eye. I have a romantic side and appreciate little gestures that show me you really know me and embrace who I am.
Truth is, I never imagined that my marriage would not last forever, and I will admit it has been a very difficult adjustment. There is no question the marriage is over, and has been 100% done for 5 years now. While the end of my marriage was not my idea, I have certainly come to terms with that and the idea that everything happens for a reason. There must be something out there for me that I was meant to experience. I have a relatively amicable and civil relationship with my ex-husband and we co-parent effectively together, so that should not be an issue.
There you have it, more than you ever wanted or needed to know, I'm sure. So who knows how this story ends, but we'll never know unless we give it a try, right?