As most people living in Vancouver know, we don’t exactly have the best reputation for dating. Vancouverites have the sterotype of being distant, anti social and cliquish. It’s pretty easy to point out a person on the street and put them into a classic city stereotype: Yaletown yuppies, Commercial Drive hippies and Kitsilano beach bums just to name a few. It’s easy to spot a Vancouver Art Student from a mile away- just look for the long black coat, Doc Martens or Blundstones, and the signature Fjallraven backpack. In a city of people so synced to fit in, it’s hard to get outside of your comfort zone. It’s hard to get out there when everyone around is always moving. Head down. Headphones in. Black umbrellas everywhere.
But not anymore.
Despite being cliche I’m a pretty big fan of the whole “new year new me” mantra and 2017 is no exception. This year I’ve vowed to finally put myself out there. I’ve been single for almost seven months and I’m ready to move forward. Never in my romantic history have I “dated casually”. That is, dating without the searing end goal of a long-term relationship. I’ve never really dated around or “just had fun” either, for a myriad of reasons which I’ll go into in a later post. But hey, things are different now. I’m twenty one, back in school and relatively employed. I’m outspoken and ready to crush that crippling anxiety I get in my gut every time a guy asks me to “hang out” (more on that later as well). I’m ready to re-download all those horrible apps and actually swipe right for once.
The purpose of this blog isn’t necessarily a relationship(although that would be nice), but a chance to see what it’s like on the other side and to give more people a chance. I’ll be documenting my experiences with recaps, screenshots and maybe the occasional vlog. Hopefully if not resulting in romantic prospects it’ll at least give us all a good laugh.