Do the following words sound familiar: infidelity, cheating, love, companionship, lover, relationship, flirtatious, dating, and marriage? These are the classic words you hear when someone talks about dating and relationships.
During a recent interview, the interviewer was surprised that our previous product, Flirtatious-T and our blog “All About Dating” were not geared towards one specific population, i.e. the gay community. The reason they’re not geared to one specific population is because I, as the creator, believe dating is universal.
We all experience and encounter similar situations whether it be a partner saying, “I need space;” needing to talk about sex and how it fits into the relationship; a partner feeling like the other is moving too fast; you or your partner deciding it’s over; or deciding when to take a relationship to the next level. These are common situations and experiences that cross boundaries. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight, black or white. When it comes to dating, many experiences are universal.
In previous posts I have discussed defining your dating identity. Having a dating identity allows you to assess if someone’s relationship goals are similar to yours. In addition, the true importance of having a dating identity is that it also allows you to appreciate the fact that relationships may look different but ultimately they’re the same.
Recent headlines like “’Tiger Woods Cheats,” “New York State Votes Against Gay Marriage,” “Ellen & Portia Get Married,” all involve issues of relationships. Oftentimes these headlines appear to be negative, but they all have one common connection; they make us all think about love, trust, and honesty, the common elements of dating and relationship building.
When it comes down to it, we’re all looking for the same thing, to be loved, respected and appreciated.
Date Smart…Date for Success