Melissa Alvarez, writing below, is a 29 year old Film Industry professional living in Los Angeles. That's a very critical environment where everyone is aiming for the sky so unless you have a "gimmick", you will not be noticed
And I am fairly sure what her problem is: She is not pretty -- not by the Nordic standards that prevail in Hollywood, anyway. That makes you invisible in Hollywood. But for her never to have had any sort of real relationship is sad. She might be better to move to Texas. Her dark Hispanic looks would be more normal there
Looks do matter and it is rare for a relationship to begin without the pair liking one-another's looks. At my age (78) I would have to have very unattractive looks. And so I have found it. When I became single again a couple of years ago, I spent a lot of time approaching women online and got a heap of rapid knockbacks. But eventually along came a lady of around my age who DID like my looks, much to my surprise. We now have a very warm relationship. I like her looks too. We do of course have other things in common but looks were the starting point
So that's how it is with Ms Alvarez. Without good looks you have to wait a long time. I only hope she gets as lucky as I did. The only thing that would probably help her would be to get a boob job. Sorry to be so crass but in the world she lives in that is probably orthodox advice
So, I’m 29 years old. I’ve never had someone ask me to be their girlfriend. I’ve never called someone my boyfriend. I’ve dated a lot of people who wanted a casual relationship. Men I met off of apps who said they were looking for a relationship, but in the same breath said they were just having fun. I’ve been involved with a lot of men who didn’t see me worthy of commitment. I’ve also dated a lot of men who were in transition in their life.
Men who voiced that I was intimidating. Men who wanted to get their life together before they ventured into a committed relationship. I found this odd because they had relationships before. They might have been talking to someone else. I didn’t pick up on the fact that they weren’t actually interested in me seriously or romantically. It wasn’t until afterwards that I realized they were feeding me fboy jargon.
I only realized after their IG engagement announcement.
This is not something I’m super stoked on sharing. I’ve gone through a lot of trial and error. I’ve accepted the bare minimum a lot, in hopes that the person I was dating would change their tune about commitment once they saw how great a relationship would be. Or once we were in a relationship for all intents and purposes.
I was willing to accept scraps. I didn’t fully understand how people romantically behaved.
I was always looking for a relationship, but would settle. It felt like everyone was just looking for casual. Now, I don’t believe that. I believe the types of men I was going after were looking for casual. I tend to go after men who possess the same characteristics my mother does. That’s a whole nother article in itself — that relationship is complex.
I feel like I wasted a lot of time being involved with casual dudes. I wasted a lot of time where I could have been happy single.
I feel too old to have a relationship, just to have a relationship.
At my age, the question of marriage comes up a lot. My girlfriends who are in long term relationships are anticipating that they will marry their boyfriends. The marriage question is coming up in their lives. There are a lot of men who are secretly looking for who they’ll settle down with, even though they say they’re not. They’re just not looking to settle down with, you. They keep the casual girl around until their match comes along. So, now I’m worried. I don’t want my first boyfriend to be the man I marry.
If I’m not looking to get married, I don’t want that to make me a target for getting used for sex.
I didn’t get to have a lot of relationships. I didn’t get to have healthy ones, or ones where I was secure in where I stood. I want that, but I’m not looking to get married in a certain time frame. I’m not looking to get married in a few years. I want to date someone for real, I don’t want to be casual, but I’m not ready to settle down either. I fear that that sounds like a catch22.
Nonetheless, that is simply how I feel.
I think a lot of us are in a tough spot. We’ve been on the shifty dating scene too long. We didn’t come out on the other side of apps with multiple ex- boyfriends.
We emerged with lessons.