Online dating sites have been booming for years, but even more so since the start of the pandemic. Feelings of loneliness and social isolation have caused many people to look online for safer social and emotional fulfillment. COVID-19 makes it harder to meet new people and safely progress in new relationships. We’re all craving real human connection and intimacy, though, and it’s essential to have some basic things in mind going into online dating.
I’m not proud to admit that I didn’t know how to feel when I first heard Simone Biles backed out of the team’s all-around competition. In my younger years, I was an athlete trained to put the team’s needs above my own. As a mother, I was trained to put the needs of my children above my own. As a wife, I’ve been told to put the needs of my husband above myself. The constant subliminal messaging was firmly woven into the fabric of my being: put the needs and welfare of others above your own—no matter what the cost.