Love can be elusive, but does it have to be? In an age of abundance, is it possible that you are overlooking those that could be your perfect match? The older we are, the more established we become in our habits, routines, locations, likes, and dislikes. You have an amazing career, a place to call home that you love, and a very comfortable routine. Where do you plan on fitting someone into that? What happens when you meet someone that may not think your home is their perfect sanctuary? What if they prefer a different routine or lifestyle? You love steak, how could you ever date a vegetarian?!
Instead of looking for someone to fit into your present, find someone you can build a future with.
Regardless of age, many of us are guilty of having blinders on when looking for love. If they don't "fit" into our current life, we move on. However, who are you leaving behind? There is an incredible benefit to embracing the openness that is often left behind in our 20's. Your perfect match may not fit your mold. They may break it all together. However, that love could last a lifetime.
So how do you redirect your focus and avoid the puzzle trap? Here are five ways to focus on the future, and prevent searching for that "missing" piece:
- Qualities are key. Focus on the qualities of the person, and create a connection based on mutual values and priorities. They may not share your love of skiing, but hold a high value of family. That value has the possibility of building a strong foundation for a lasting relationship. A hobby is transient.
- Be open to a change in scenery. Does it really matter where you live when you are in an amazing loving partnership? Sure, you can have a desire for a certain location, and compromise, but be open. Home is where the heart is.
- Reframe your thoughts. How many times do you hear a "buzzword" from a date, and all of a sudden your interest level drops? For example, you live to eat clean and your date professes his love of burgers and beer. So what? Does that change your compatibility on a deeper level? No. Have opposing views in politics? That doesn't mean you can't have a soulful relationship.
- Focus on the feelings. Anyone that works with me, knows I believe strongly in the energy of people. We all have a different "vibe" and someone that fits your "vibe" might not be exactly who you had in mind. Are you comfortable with them? Do you feel happier in their presence?
- Give love a (second or third) chance. If you have any connection with a date, go out with them again. In an age where a new potential date is just a click away, we are quick to discard. However, first dates are often anxiety filled and don't give you a real picture of the person (not just their credentials). A second and third date lets you see the real person underneath, not the first date jitters.
Love is worth it. Give it a chance.