My love life was non-existent in high school, which, looking back was probably a good thing. I was a self-conscious, self-involved, self-pitying tool when it came to dating. I would ask girls out, and when I was endlessly rejected I just got bitter. Some of my problem was the fact that high school students are by and large incredibly shallow, but most of my issue was that I wanted to date just to date. I didn’t ask people out because I knew them and thought we’d be good together, I asked them out because it was the thing to do.
Enter adulthood and the internet. I had a couple of relationships after I moved out of my parent's house and started college. I learned a lot about myself and came out of each experience as a better person, but nothing ever really “clicked.” I really don’t like the whole party or bar scene, and socializing has never been easy for me. I decided to try something else.
I would have never met the love of my life without the internet. Using a dating site (I used OkCupid) allowed me to put myself out onto a page and show that page to lots of women without letting me bungle the real life introduction.
I was a 99% match with Sylvia. We hit it off immediately. We went on our first date, our second three days later, and our third two days after that and didn’t go a day without seeing each other after the first two weeks. It was incredible. She was just as smart, just as awkward, and just wired in the best way that a partner for me could be. We differ in many ways but we both happen to be strong where the other has a shortcoming. She gets me out of the house and socializing with people, and I keep her from sinking into ONLY working and leaving no time for herself. We keep each other grounded and pick each other up when we fall down. And it’s all thanks to the internet.