Discouraged from online dating
Take some pressure off yourself and you'll feel better.
Also, I never dated a man I met in a bar or online so look around you in everyday and ordinary places.
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Background about myself: I've been single for almost 3 years now (wow never thought about the length until now), and I've been actively dating. I'm not the most attractive guy, but I know I'm not ugly, I'm about 5'8" 200 lbs, I have a few extra lbs but I consider myself muscular and I'm very active in sports and working out.
The only way you are truly going to know if that potential is there is by dating someone; there's no magical formula that will help you decide this beforehand. Bottom line: lower your marriage expectations and have fun with it. When you take a break, you get a fresh perspective and a fresh mind when getting back into it.The thing that stood out to me in your post is that you said you won't date someone unless you feel there's a really strong connection and marriage potential.Having a strong connection is a good thing but the marriage potential?Plus, I wonder if you have told potential dates this. Dating doesn't have to always be a prelude to marriage. Think of it like one of those word search puzzles, you stare and stare and nothing pops out but, as soon as you turn your head away or take a break, wallah! If you have been single this long, what's another few months??Take a break and start over in the new year, maybe Feb or March. I think for men especially dating just doesn't come as easily as a woman looking.