Love Happens When You Least Expect It — NOT!!!


I was talking with a client today and she told me that her friends laughed at her when she mentioned she’d be working with me.

“You don’t need a dating coach,” they crowed. “You’re amazing, successful, and confident. Just take care of your work and family and love will take care of itself.”

Not quite.

“Love Happens When You Least Expect It” is a myth, and it’s a myth I want to dispel from your mind forever.

In this myth, good things happen to you because you’re worthy.

In this myth, the universe provides because you think happy thoughts.

In this myth, the laws of physics and logic do not apply.

Why do I suggest that falling in love without effort is a fantasy?

Because your real life isn’t built for falling in love. If it was, you would have done it already.

“Love Happens When You Least Expect It” is a myth, and it’s a myth I want to dispel from your mind forever.

What is your life built for? Well, take a look at your schedule. Maybe it’ll be obvious.

6:30am-7:30am — Wake up, hit the gym.
8:30am-9:00am — Drive to work. Love those wacky Morning Zoo guys.
9:00am-6:30pm — Work. But don’t date at work. You know how that story ends.
6:30-7:15pm — Drive home from work. Commuting is fun!
7:15-8:30pm — Decompress from work, make dinner for one.
8:30pm-10:30pm — Nighttime activity: TV, book club, surfing the web, putting the kids to bed.

This schedule varies, of course. You may go to the gym after work. You may not commute. You may find television to be a huge waste of time. But chances are, if you’re working, this is approximately what your life looks like during the week.

On weekends, you have more freedom. So, what are you doing with your weekends?

Errands that you can’t do during the week.
Relaxing that you can’t do during the week.
Catching up with friends you don’t see during the week.

Well, at least you could potentially meet someone while you’re dropping off your dry cleaning, right? At least you can go to a bar for a drink and meet someone cute, right?

Sure, you can!

So let me ask you: how many times last year did you get a great date out of someone you met “in real life”?

And, if I might pry, where are those great guys now?

What you’ll probably see when you take a good, clear look at your life is that “meeting quality new people for potential life partnership” is not built into your schedule.

Yet, you probably feel that love should just “happen” because “it’s more organic” when you can just “feel chemistry” with a cute stranger from across the room.

But what stranger? What room?

Your office? Your bedroom? Your living room?

Where are you meeting these promising new romantic prospects?

If love happens when you’re least looking for it, why isn’t it happening to you now?

The reason I’m an advocate of online dating isn’t because it’s perfect. Far from it. It’s because “real life” doesn’t provide for nearly as much opportunity as you need.

If love happens when you’re least looking for it, why isn’t it happening to you now?

To be clear, I’m not saying you need a dating coach. Seriously. If you’ve got a social life like the women from Sex and the City, you probably have no shortage of opportunities.

But you most likely don’t. You probably work long hours, have a bunch of friends who are way over the bar scene, and you have no idea where to meet the love of your life.

And while I can’t promise you that it’s on Match or eHarmony or JDate, I can promise you that it’s NOT happening while you’re on the Stairmaster, while you’re watching TV, or while you’re hanging out in your married friends’ homes.

For some reason, we’re conditioned to think that love should be effortless.

But what, in life, is effortless?

You took classes to get into college, you took classes to learn to drive, and you’ve probably taken classes to learn to cook or play tennis or sell real estate.

Wouldn’t it make sense to take a class on something that’s been eluding you, like love?

Understand: being proactive about love is not the same as being desperate.

Creating room for a social life doesn’t mean you go on 5 blind dates each week.

All I’m talking about is improving your process of meeting single people. That’s it.

If you only go on a handful of dates a year, you’re not giving yourself much of an opportunity to find love. That’s not fair to you, and it’s unlikely to be successful in the long run.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” — Ben Franklin.

Keep waiting for love to happen to you, and you’re pretty much ensuring that comes true.

Love takes effort. If you make that effort, I will help you succeed.

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  1. 21

    Ben Franklin  did not say  “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” nor did Albert Einstein. And that is most certainly NOT the the definition of insanity.

    Aside from that seemingly un-Katz-like lapse, this is a  worthwhile piece,  and I agree wholeheartedly that you cannot expect love to simply fall into your lap. Examples of that happening are not persuasive arguments against his point, which is not that it NEVER happens, but that it is unlikely and  hence it is not productive to sit around waiting.

    Furthermore, none of the anecdotes of this sort  prove that it is in any way harmful to be proactive. Even if you are actively dating, you still have to visit the frozen pea aisle. (By the way, do frozen peas really get an entire aisle?)

  2. 22

    Ahhh #21, where do I begin?…
    “…my experience is that about 75% of women I message offer no reply at all.   Maybe they’re not serious or just weren’t socialized well, but nonetheless, the effort is wasted.”
    Uh, why on earth do I owe someone I’d never heard from before a detailed explanation of why I believe we won’t work out as a couple, an explanation that will most likely just enrage him? My pet peeve are people that disappear without a trace after a second, or third date – I think you should say something after the first date even, if it went well and especially if you ended it with saying “we should do this again next week”. I’m still pretty upset at the guy who, after the first date, told me to “keep the next weekend open, I’ll call you and tell when I can meet” and I never heard from him again. Dude, in case you’re reading this, I actually kept my weekend open like an idiot. Was it so hard to cancel via a short text?! So yeah, after you’ve had a few meetings in person, I believe the person that wants to end it does owe the other one an explanation, but after an initial email? Nope. OK you sent me what is basically an offer to look at your profile, I did, and from what I’ve read on it I concluded that we’re not going to work out together – why do you need that in writing?? To continue with the job search analogy, do you expect a written reply from every employer you’ve sent your resume to?
    “There is scientific evidence that liking someone in email has ZERO ability to predict liking them in person, so I expect women to meet me relatively soon (after 2-3 messages).   Therefore, if a woman refuses to meet in short order, NEXT!”
    Why are you doing this to yourself? Why do you want to waste your time and money (and the other person’s) meeting someone you’ve only exchanged TWO brief messages with? At a bare minimum, do a phone screen first, save yourself some time. I have found a phone convo a pretty good indication of what will happen on the actual date. And yeah, I’ve pulled the plug on a few people as a result of how our phone conversation had gone. (in case you’re wondering, yes I sent each of them a message apologizing and saying that I don’t think it’ll work.)
    “A not insignificant minority of women online, about 30% in my case, lie about their appearance, age, and/or marital status (posing as divorced when actually only separated).     I instantly end dates where deception is discovered, so they can’t really be counted.”
    My advice is, if it’s an inch or two, a couple pounds, or a year or two, it’s worth it to give the person a break. I’m curious though, how do things end with the remaining 70%? What happens?
    From my experience so far, I’m not a huge fan of online dating myself, but for reasons different from what you’ve mentioned – too much pressure, expectations to meet too soon, to commit too soon before we actually know each other… also the demographics on for my age group and location doesn’t seem to be what I’m looking for. I meet single men IRL every week that are a lot better than what match has to offer. I’ve got four months left on my subscription so I’ll stick around, but really, meh. That said, from your post it appears that you could get a lot more out of OD if you just tweak your process a little.

  3. 23

    Karl R (#18), you are writing as if people who believe “love happens when you  least expect it”  think they  never have to speak to another human being  but will wake up one morning wearing a wedding band.  You are taking the  idea too far.

    Your dating  the woman you met in the diner actually  seems to me to be a pretty good example of just the sort of thing such people are talking about. All of your efforts took place in that moment, as opposed to putting in lots of work over time, like Evan is saying is generally  necessary.

  4. 24

    The lifestyle described in the original post is sort of dreadful. There’s so much you can do to expose yourself to people – instead of going to gym join a running group, go to happy hours after work, go to singles events instead of watching TV at night, throw a party at your place, join a dinner club, etc. If your life consists of work and TV, you’re probably so boring that your match dates will not work out either, who wants to be with a person like that?

  5. 25

    Node #21

    What you are forgetting is that since you do have access to hundreds of people at a time, you do have to put some time and effort in to reading and weeding out profiles. Is it more effort than hanging out for a few hours at a bar, hoping to strike up a conversation with one or two women in the hopes that one of them might be interested? With online dating, at least you have the opportunity to find out a little bit more about a person up front. While chance encounters are great, and certainly more romantic than meeting online, how often do they happen in real life, especially to older singles?

    Why do you insist on every woman following your script? Some women might feel more comfortable exchanging a couple more emails, and some may insist on a phone call first. So what? For me, having a phone conversation has helped me to weed out the undesirables – or given me an even better feeling about someone. And if someone doesn’t respond to your email after a week, do you really need a special message telling you they are not interested?  

    I can understand that someone lying about their marital status would be a problem, or if a person’s photos are 15 years old. But if you like and are attracted to someone, and they fudged their age a bit or are a few pounds heavier, is that so bad, provided that they are honest about everything else?  

    Lisa had asked about dating before online dating. We also used personal ads! Because there were no photos, you had to spend even more time actually meeting people blindly. The ability to see photos helps.   

  6. 26

    My take on this is that one should not be desperate and that sometimes love happens with someone who is older/younger/shorter etc than what we thought we wanted.

  7. 27

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I get the impression that with a lot of women (those stuck love-wise) working-at-love and/or finding someone online just doesn’t “gel” with the fantasy / idea of how they thought they should meet someone and hence just gets tossed out the window… the thought of having to admit to someone – or themselves – “Oh, we met on match” – causes the whole inner sense of self to collapse…
    This is SO true for a lot of women! (Not me though, lol. Well, not anymore!)
    Actually, I’ve always found most “how we met” stories to be rather boring, unless they are really VERY random… like, we met in Italy and were staying at the same hotel and found we were really from the same small town in Indiana!
    But most stories usually are something like, “We met at school/church/temple/work/friend’s party.”   And that’s great, but even those rather normal stories are elevated into ones that rate highly on the “awwwww” factor because they seem random. People put a lot of stock into the method of meeting, even to the point where some people disdain a woman’s proactivity in attempting to meet the man (some religious groups).
    Even though I was an early adopter of online dating, part of me (back then) hated the idea that i actually had to work to find a partner, while other people seemingly took the easy and traditional road of meeting their mates through school/church/temple/work/friend’s party/someone’s wedding. Or they got “lucky” and met a guy at the bus stop or in the frozen pea aisle, while poor me wasn’t good enough for whatever reason to find a mate organically, and had to rely on a personal ad!
    Luckily, I got out of that mindset… like Karl said and as I’ve heard from others, we never hear the stories of HOW they got to the point where they were able to meet their partner. I know one woman who did indeed meet her current partner in the grocery store, but the only reason she was in the grocery store on that day and at that time was because she cut back on activities that were all female and took a lot of time away from her goal of meeting men for dating and more. So while it appeared a relationship happened when she least expected it, she admits that it wouldn’t have happened without her change in mindset, which led to a change in her daily behavior.
    Funny though, people actually are intrigued about my meeting story NOW because they never actually met an “internet married” couple. Then they admit that they shouldn’t have told their single female friend to stay away from the Internet because there were crazies out there. Argh… crazies are everywhere!

  8. 28
    Karl R

    CJC said: (#25)
    “All of your efforts took place in that moment, as opposed to putting in lots of work over time, like Evan is saying is generally  necessary.”

    I did almost 4 years of non-stop dating where I was putting in effort on at least a weekly basis, if not a daily basis. I dated lots of women during that time, and asked out probably twice that number.

    To the woman in the diner, all my efforts took place at that moment, because that was all she saw. I was also meeting women online, at church, at yoga and out dancing. And I was making an effort in all those different places too.

    With that particular woman, all my efforts took place in the moment. That was out of necessity. If I didn’t have a phone number by the end of breakfast, I was unlikely to see her again.

    If you put in a few years of constant effort, it’s second nature to take advantage of the dating possibilities of any situation you find yourself in. If you’re just going through life on autopilot waiting for love to “happen,” you’re ignoring the same opportunities that someone else would act on.

    And if you’re putting in the effort, you’re putting yourself into environments where those opportunities will exist frequently. They don’t happen when you’re unwinding from work in front of the TV.

    I met my fiancée (and almost half the women I dated) through dancing. That’s a passion of mine which consumes 8 to 12 hours per week.

    CJC said: (#25)
    “Your dating  the woman you met in the diner actually  seems to me to be a pretty good example of just the sort of thing such people are talking about.”

    I went on two or three  dates with the lady in the diner.

    90% of the “how we met” stories end the same way. It didn’t work out. But if you’re putting time and effort into it, you’ll end up meeting a lot more potential dates.

  9. 29

    Hallelujah! I knew that phrase was a load of bollocks! I got so tired of married/ about-to-be-maried people telling me that I just needed to relax–love will find me! This advice, of course, came from people who all met “the one” in high school or college. I suppose for my older brother that advice might have been true, because I can’t imagine anyone expecting to meet “the one” wandering the halls of their high school. In fact, if I had married the guy I was dating in high school, I would be very, very unhappy now; I escaped a bullet there. It took a while for my parents to understand that I didn’t want to come home for a visit with them that would consist of hanging around the house all weekend. I had to tell them that, for me, going out a lot–bars, movies, restaurants, etc–wasn’t just for fun, but that I had to go looking, becuase cute men weren’t going to just pop out of my toaster or fall out of my fridge when I open the door.

    Also, I hate it when people who married at 21 or 22 tell ME not to settle. Really? Really?!? I remember when I first started to hear that phrase around 27, and I knew the logic was flawed, but I couldn’t pinpoint why. When I read “Something Borrowed” by Emily Giffin, her character narrates the problem with that statement beautifully. Rachel is at a baby shower surrounded by women who married right out of college and then moved back to their hometowns. “Their collective advice: don’t settle. Keep looking. Find Mr. Right. That’s what they all did. And by God, I think they believe it. Because nobody who marries at the rip age of twenty-three can be settling. Naturally. That is a phenomenon that only happens to women in their thirties.”

    I simply refuse to listen to advice from anyone who married before 25 anymore. The circumstances are too different, the perceptions are too skewed. Of course they met someone out of the blue…in their trig class. Of course this person seems like the most perfect person ever, because they haven’t had to deal with the whack-os and weirdos (The guy who spent the whole date talking about how hot his ex is? The guy who isn’t technically divorced from his ex-wife and who also has a baby on the way with a different woman?).

    So, sure. I suppose for the some people, love did find them. But for the rest of us, we are going to have to work at it, and that is fine with me.

  10. 30

    Ella, your post rings so true. I remember going to a Speed Dating event about a decade ago (when I was 25, actually) and some married woman in her 40s said, “I simply can’t believe a woman as cute as you needs to be doing THIS to find a mate!”
    I gave her a dirty look, and she stepped back a bit and said, “well, I guess I don’t know how it is. I married my college sweetheart at 22.”
    So if this was in 2002 and the woman was 40-something, she married in the late 70s or early 80s. Do you know how much things have changed since then??? I know the 70s and 80s aren’t ancient history, but a LOT has changed in the dating/marriage world since that time!!!
    The other thing I hate is currently married women in their late 20s/early 30s who have regrets and then tell their never-married single female friends that marriage is overrated and she should just not push it and keep waiting… uh, how long is she supposed to wait? She’s already 35!
    I really hope I don’t get married tunnel vision after a while. I hope that marrying in my 30s will give me a balanced perspective on both sides — a decade or more in the dating jungle and the period after that!

  11. 31

    I have a friend who says I have too much experience with people.. but that comes with my way of life.

    So what have I done so far to meet new men/people regularly. I did dating sites my time, and then chats.. but not so much anymore.

    Last couple of years… We have this singles group here called “Euro singles”. In the site there are couple of hundred men and women meet to see art shows, go together to summer music festivals, have skiing trips, go boating to Greece etc.  
    All of that is done in a non-commercial way; anyone can arrange a trip and write an email to the collective mail list, and it is is sent to 8000 + singles (male and female).  (I get about 1-2 emails / day those because  
    I have said I am interested in all kinds of meeting/trips ect.)
    If you get enough participants to your paying trip, 10 participants pay their own trip + 10 % extra, which pays your trip expenses too.   Free walks, cycling trips are arranged almost daily, now in the summer, and trips that cost 50-100 euros are arranged almost every weekend.  

    The Euro singles actives also arrange speed dates maybe 7-10 times a year in 2 age brackets. One for   those under 45 and another for those over 45. In each speed date they have 15-25 men and about same amount of men to meet for 3 minutes.
    I have been to couple of their speed dates, and I just have to say: The men are ok, (a lot of same men are online) but they are just not for me.. I am not interested in them, as they have almost no curiosity or wonder of life left in them.

    #24 Goldie said:
    “At a bare minimum, do a phone screen first, save yourself some time. I have found a phone convo a pretty good indication of what will happen on the actual date. And yeah, I’ve pulled the plug on a few people as a result of how our phone conversation had gone. ”

    I HATE talking with strange men on the phone. Men are are just plain_boring_ on the phone, unless they really have a sexy voice and then they could read a phone book and I would listen that like I was hypnotised. =D
    But normally I hate those long silences that spring up, when they try to think something to say. At that time I ask them something, but most of the time the answer I get, I have heard it from so many men before that there is nothing new there. Second option to continue is that I start talking about myself, but even if I am pretty self-centered and opinionated, having a soliloquia gives nothing new for me to learn either.  

    A few years back (before my principle of not giving my phone number to strangers) I met for coffee this one guy. After the date  the next few months  every time he was wasted, he  started calling me later several times a night.
    It took me ages to get him stop – even said I am not interested but he had to try over and over again if I have changed my mind about meeting him again. At last I got him to delete my number. I refused to answer but each time he called I sent him a sms. After couple of nonanswered phone calls he started writing sms to apologise. It took me 20 sms’s to get through to him…   in each just I ordered him to delete my number and forget I existed. What a pain in the butt.
    No thanks, never again, I learned that the hard way, no phone conversations. =o
    I rather meet a man for the coffee or lunch soon IRL, and then the chemistry at that first meeting tells me if I want to meet him again.

    There is a draw back.. there are those men who don’t meet me as they think I am playing them when they don’t get a contact info… But I’m not willing to risk a change of my phone number to please them either, nor do I want to have a prepay number for their sake.

    All in all, after 500+ dates online (and those other similar ways, like chat room meetings) over last 10 years or so, and 2 speed dates within this last year alone (40 men met that way) what is common:
    – about 1% of men show in my radar as sexual creatures, and the rest are just forgotten as soon as my eyes leave them.
    Without a sexual interest why would I meet a man for second time?  Why lead them on with a second date, as I know they are not just for me?
    A man  either is a Man in my eyes, or he is just a human, who could be a woman for all I care, and I’m not interested in women.  I know with experience that that non-interest won’t change…  So I have stopped meeting those men for second time with whom I am not attracted to.  

    BUT.. for last 5 years or so, it has been my own choice to do locum jobs. I get to meet a lot of new people, and I get to learn new things in my field. Those whom I locum are thankful to find a professional in their field, who is willing to relocate for a few months and do what I do.    
    The pay is good and it is a way for me to scan new towns, and I get enough free time to travel abroad too.
    Maybe there is somewhere someone who is single with whom there is mutual attraction. Who knows? So far the interesting men have been in a relationship, so it has not gone any further.

    If/when I meet someone I really like and he fancies me too, then I start thinking of finding a regular job.. until that happens, I enjoy the freedom and multitude of choices I get living this way. =)

  12. 32

    I really should use open office to check what I write..

    -In each speed date they have 15-25 WOmen and about same amount of men to meet for 3 minutes, and then change to next partner. –

  13. 33

    For me the saying was to relax a bit.   And have a full life with hobbies and interest.   Some people are so  fixated on a relationship to the point    of being obsessed.   Not good.

  14. 34

    I’m on the fence on this one. The statistic that’s always advertised on TV says that 1 out of every 5 couples meets online, that means 4 out of 5 couples don’t. While I believe that dating online and being proactive increases your odds of meeting people, it doesn’t work for everyone. Additionally, there are lots of people who are dating and mating who aren’t involved in the “how to find love” conversation and they manage to find it.

    I think the “love happens when you least expect it” theory is more about living your life and not putting it on hold simply because you haven’t met the right person yet. Because the reality is even if you have a busy schedule, there are still lots of people who are meeting at the gym, work, etc…It’s interesting that people here have mentioned talking to married people about how they met their spouse in some “weird” way or by “fluke” and yet these people are married, and they met their partners in the ways that we think are low odds. Now if you spoke to 10 couples and ask how they met, I wonder how many of them went the “it happened when I least expected it” route?

    I also think some of it has to do with your preoccupation to get married. Take two women of the same age, say, 35, and they both get married at 37. One may have dated like a while banshee for 2 years while the other met her future husband at a party. Both may feel comfortable with their approach to dating.

    Dont’ get me wrong, I’m an online dater and I think people should do it, but many of us do it like it some kind of insurance policy against being alone for the rest of your life, and it’s just not.   I think there’s a way to do a little bit of both.

  15. 35

    Do you mean me? =D

    If I was, as an example I could take a man I met couple of months ago,as he likes me as I am.. but I am not interested in him. He went after me, and I thought that nope.. but he was persistent and as I worked with him, we got to know each other..  I knew it was a mistake but  since sex is not that big of thing, why not?
    He is well hung, and eager to please me but nope, it didn’t get any better.. My sexual interest to him wasn’t that great to begin with, and I lost the interest I had within a week, and I lost my patience with his idiosyncrasies with the sexual interest. It was hard for him to get over the idea, that sex was over. Luckily the season ended and I left, and I still feel so liberated when I was able to go. Never ever that mistake again I decided.

    I am restless, I like my hobbies, I like my freedom.. but sure, if I find someone interesting, I will look at it.  
    Even if he doesn’t fit to my lifestyle at the moment, if he is interesting enough I will adjust my lifestyle to him.
    The thing is IF.. since so few men are that interesting to begin with, that has not been an issue as such, I have not seen any single men like that for ages.
    They even may look great, but that is not enough.
    I’m not looking for perfection, but I do know what is important.

  16. 36

    A very good female friend of mine thinks that if she has faith and think happy thoughts love will come to her when she least expects it. do women who have been in bad relationships have this expectations more than women who don’t? The sad part is if you ask her when was the last time you have been on a date or singles function she will tell you a long time ago. She doesn’t go out that much and its work home dinner on her own. She doesnt have a social life that will entail meeting single eligible men or just participating in hoobbies that she likes. It pains me when I tell her to come lets go dancing or for a meal. She is always reluctant and will be defensive when you bring up ways to meet men. She wants a relationship but thinks it will happen just like that and yet she will do her best to get on courses or finds a new jobs etc, no one has ever put a new job in her lap, but will expect that of a mate for life!!

  17. 37
    Bree Talon

    I’m for online dating; I have found using  it especially helpful in determining criteria for what you’re looking for in a partner. Whether you meet your future husband or wife online or not, actively thinking about what you want and what you have to offer when you’re filling out your profile is a great exercise, and helps us be discerning when we’re meeting someone ‘organically’ or from I may not have met my ideal guy through online dating, but all the work I did in figuring out what qualities he should and shouldn’t have, and what I was willing to bend on sure helped me recognize him when he showed up in my real life.

    I agree #16, nathan, the backstory is where it’s at in success stories.  

    Online dating is just an expansion of our  options –  being willing to meet  different people and learn about them is always  a chance to enrich our own lives and  learn more about  ourselves.  

    In my opinion anything I wish to be successful at – from fitness, my career, love, communication –  taking an active role and exploring  different options is a good strategy.

  18. 38

    The only time it happens all by itself is when we are all in school and single. After school when you go out into the working world it is much harder to meet singles the same age. Working really takes up a lot of time and then the prospects SHRINK.

    I was once involved in over 5 different sporting clubs with regular workouts and races. I did not meet anyone single my age who asked me out – because they are so focused on the race or workout. BUT I did meet people online who were in the same races! At that moment they were working.

    One more thing is that if you are a single parent your life is about your kids – there is no way to be “that social” and if you are out with kids most people think you are married.

    I also think that the stats that say 1 in 5 couples meet online should take out the college kids and be more up to date – I bet in that case the stats would be different!!

    There is no better way than match, eh or jd! I would rather screen them on the computer than risk a bar situation with strangers who put no effort into the dating process. Online is great – people have to put up pictures, write an essay and contact other people – it costs money and it is a lot of work. Sure, there might be people you don’t like but that is okay – that is dating. i have always said that the wonderful thing about OLD is that it brings the world to your door but that is also the challenge.

    Anyone who says don’t worry it happens all on its own is not single in this world trying to meet someone!

  19. 39

    From Steve #22:

    “Chance favors the prepared mind”
    – Louis Pasteur  


    With that said, I do agree with you, Evan, that you have to put a little work into your love life and can’t just expect everything to fall into your lap.

    I ALSO believe love can happen when you least expect it, but it involves keeping an open mind and being cognizant of new opportunities, which isn’t necessarily a conscious act that we must put on our to-do list every day.
    I myself have had phases of actively “putting myself out there” to find someone, and I ended up dating people that really were a waste of time. And now most recently, when I was actually quite against the idea of dating, someone wonderful came along and completely changed my mind.

    You are right: it helps to put the effort in, but it’s amazing how great a situation can end up when there aren’t the pressures of “Will this be the one that works out?” and “Where is this going?”.

    Sometimes, it’s nice to just let the chips fall where they may.

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    Both theories, of 1. love happens when you least expect it and 2. love happens when you are putting effort are both BS!
    I’ve been searching for a meaningful relationship for quite some time and have yet to find one. I am taking a break and ‘giving up’ for now. And I have put in lots of effort to socialize and be proactive. I am the poster child for proactive so I think there’s more to the story then just be proactive.
    I’ve done the self examination and questioning if I am sabotaging, etc. Sometimes I think it’s karma and I think if we think we run the show of our lives, we are just fooling ourselves. Life is a combination of being proactive and letting the universe run the show. We can only do so much and the rest is up to the universe

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