After Amy’s divorce, she didn’t think she was capable of loving again. The final break up from her ex husband had drained her emotionally, that all she did after the divorce was focus on her job. When her son left for college, the feeling of loneliness started to slowly descend on her. She would come home in the evening to her empty house with nobody to talk to. Then one day, as she was talking to her brother on the phone, he suggested that she should get back into the dating world. At first, it sounded like a joke. She couldn’t possibly imagine meeting someone who can love her and weave back her broken pieces together.
Amy’s brother and his friend convinced her that there is a possibility of falling in love again if only she can put herself out there. This is how she ended up creating a profile for an online dating site. She needed someone who can understand her and give her the love that she was craving for.
It didn’t take long before she started getting responses from people who were interested in her. At first, she was apprehensive because of the many stories she had heard about the dangers of online dating. But she decided to give it a shot and respond to all the messages of interest she got. There was a man living in her neighborhood who wanted to meet, but she didn’t think they were a good match. What she was looking for was an easy going guy who can make her laugh and sustain her interest.
In less than two months of chatting and checking out other people’s profile, she was able to meet someone who captured her interest. He had a clear photo of himself, and he was fun to chat with. His name was Joe and even though he had never been married before, he was looking for a serious relationship. Amy was hooked. He sounded like a nice guy, and within a very short time, they were able to open up to each other, and crush the barriers of distance that was between them.
It didn’t take long before they moved their conversations to other social sites like Facebook and twitter. With that, she was able to see his interactions outside the online dating site, and engage him more. Then they started calling each other. With each call they made to each other, they could both feel themselves getting closer and closer. their phone calls lasted longer every time, until they both decided to jump in and meet.
For Amy, it was both exciting and scary. So many questions crossed her mind: “What if they don’t hit it off when they meet in person, what if things go wrong, what if…..”
They agreed to meet in a restaurant near her place of work. And the moment he shook her hands and smiled at her when they met, she knew they would make a great couple. By the time their first date was ending, they both felt like they had known each other forever. The connection was unbelievable.
One year down the line, after numerous dates and visits, they decided to get married. Joe told his friends during his bachelor’s party that he had been looking for love for many years, and he never thought that he would find the love of his life online. And that he is glad he dared to believe that love can be found everywhere; even online.
They always share their story with anyone who cares to listen, especially those who have a hard time believing and trusting online dating. “Love happens, you only have to believe, trust your instincts and put yourself out there.” That’s what they say about their love that was brewed online.