Are you tired of wearing a mask everywhere you go yet? I know I am, it’s like suffocating at my own expense. Initially, being the optimist that I am, I made it fun; I bought all kinds of designs, and a friend even made one for me. So every time I go out, my masks are cute and a reflection of me, but there’s one problem. How am I supposed to meet Mr. Right with a face mask on? It’s kind of like blind dating.
Dating Is Already Hard Enough
I can’t speak for everybody else, but dating is already hard enough. I do my best to weed out the horn dogs, narcissists, shallow, chauvinistic, drug abusers, and prison frequenters yet my success rate is still poor. The few guys that I do give a shot still fall short and as a result, I never make it to a second date. Add a face mask to the equation, and how exactly are we supposed to meet people now if all men can go off of is a woman’s body and hair?
The History of Mr. Right
The figment of “Mr. Right” has laid an unrealistic expectation for women for centuries, inevitably making us doomed from the very start. The truth is, that Knight in shining armor, or ‘tall, dark and handsome’ may present himself, but the fairytale that we’ve been told about how the story goes after doesn’t quite add up. Even knowing all of this, why do we still feed into it and believe that this myth of a ‘perfect guy’ exists?
The Flip Side
Like all things, options open possibilities. Online dating with little exposure to physical attributes (only seeing eyes and hair on pictures) as a way to get to know a person first before unveiling themselves fully would be beneficial; It’s kind of like blind dating. I think dating would be better this way because you’d know that the person is genuinely interested in you, not your appearance.
I have real-life experience doing “blind dating” in my teens actually. My very first relationship at fifteen derived online, in a Yahoo chat room. This was in 2004, way before FaceTime, video chat, and all of the new technology we have now. We chatted online but had to get off because we had dial-up internet. By the second day, we were on the phone for an hour, and by the second week of non-stop communication, he was saying he loved me. Mind you, we’d never seen each other’s faces, this was purely off of conversation, voice tones, laughter, sound inflections, accents (He lived in NJ, I live in GA), and personalities. Luckily, when we did mail pictures to one another we both approved; and continued our long-distance relationship for two years. He even flew down to escort me to my senior prom.
Now I am back at square one. I have no idea where to start. The face masks make for a mysterious vibe, but they also hide important regions of the face, like your teeth. I refuse to date someone with jacked up teeth. I’ve tried dating online and that’s just not my scene anymore. I need to know where the good guys hang out because I’m sure Mr. Right isn’t just lollygagging in the grocery store, or maybe he is. If you have any tips, ideas, or comments on dating with a face mask leave them below. I’d love to hear your feedback and opinions.