How to Meet Mr. Right Online

Meeting The One isn’t as easy as cheesy Hollywood movies make it sound. Or maybe it’s just me. All my friends had found their significant others and could not seem to stop talking about them. Like, we would be discussing Kim Kardashian’s latest fashion disaster or how hot Gigi Hadid looked in her latest photo shoot when, suddenly, one of my friends would chime in with, “Girls, guess what Ned bought me from his latest trip to London” or “Jack and I are planning a trip to the Mykonos soon and I need some new bikinis!”

My lips would quirk into an indulgent smile, but inside, I’d be screaming in frustration.

Let me tell you, being 30 and single is no longer something to be proud of. The ‘in’ thing today is to be in a committed relationship with Mr. Right instead of the sad, lonely outcast who returns to an empty house each night. I’ve faced that a lot. My friends are the best, but I would still often feel left out when they started discussing anniversaries, dinner dates, romantic holidays and, yes, even kids.

I know a lot of you reading this are trying—and failing—to find that special someone who will bring you joy and complete you. Let me tell you right now, it’s not an impossible task. I know, I know, you’re probably making a sceptical face and thinking, ‘Nah, that’s NEVER going to work out for me, I’m going to live and die loveless and all my loved ones will leave me!”

Those are words I’ve often ranted at myself during my lowest moments.

To help you along, I’ll be discussing some great tips that enabled me to find my own Mr. Right:

  • Be who you are

The key to a lasting connection is honesty. If you feel like you have to hide away parts of your personality to land the right guy, I’ll tell you right away your relationship won’t last long. I’ve tried doing that—and the results have been disastrous! The spark fizzled out before I could say ‘It’s a love story, baby just say yes”!

Here’s a golden tip for a great first date: Be yourself. Don’t be afraid to express your opinions. If, God forbid, you’re not a Game of Thrones fan, or you don’t like pineapple on your pizza, or you’re a nerd who loves collecting comics, well, it’s a part of you. And if your date doesn’t seem too taken with you, then, chances are he’s not Mr. Right in the first place.

If your first date goes south, don’t think you’ve failed, but that you need to try again.

  • Keep your options open

Just because the first guy who takes you out for coffee is a looker, it doesn’t mean he’s your Mr. Right. Head out, meet guys, have a blast, but stay cautious. Don’t enter into a serious relationship with someone unless you’re sure there’s a spark. If you throw caution to the wind, you will only end up with a broken heart.

  • Find a great dating site

That’s what I did. Being the only single girl in my social group, I was a favourite candidate for blind dates set up by my ‘well-meaning’ (read: sneaky and annoying) friends. After the sixth such date, which ended with me drowning my sorrows in a tub of Häagen-Dazs, I got thoroughly fed up and begged my friends to stop interfering in my love life (or lack thereof).

So I decided to try a dating site. Of course, my first choice was Tinder, but then I came across gatherX during a random Google search. Believe me, it was exactly what I had been searching for. gatherX is a diverse platform that allows people with a range of interests and hobbies to connect, interact and make friends. It’s where I met my own Mr. Right, a smart, witty photographer who loves taking naughty pictures of me. And I wouldn’t have it any other way!

gatherX changed my life for the better. I hope it does the same for you!