You have no idea how intensely men can feel an inferiority complex while dating.
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An excellent reminder, Michael Collins! I tried very hard to balance being myself and being mindful of keeping our dates simple with no expectations.

I’ve had time to reflect on this and am sure that some piece of insecurity (or at least concern about lifestyle differences) played an important part in his disappearing on me.

He is a very nice person and treated me with kindness (until he blew me off). I only wish him the best.

Having said that…geez, a girl can’t catch a break!

Dating is so tough for everybody — regardless of age or gender! I get discouraged and have to take breaks, too.

I wish you all the best and hope that you will continue to work on your confidence and feeling worthy. (I’m smiling — I just remembered a couple of stories I wrote. Feel free to check them out if you are so inclined. No worries if they don’t interest you.) I really believe these things…

Thank you for the thoughtful response and for reading!