Dear Man on the Photograph,

Hi. How are you? I’m feeling a little cheesy, crazy and weird right now, writing a letter to someone I don’t even know and who isn’t aware of my existence.

I want to tell you something.

I’m single and don’t have a problem with that, it’s all in God’s hands. But every once in a while I have moments when I think it would be nice to have a significant other. I haven’t been able to make that a reality because everyone I know is much older than me and married, or trés young, or young and married. That last sentence sounded too wa wa wa 😀 but it’s true.

I read a book that referenced an online dating site. It got me thinking: what about online dating? It seems to be the norm these days, especially with the Millennials. I have nothing against online dating; in fact it’s been a while but I’ve been there and done that. In the end it didn’t work out, but it was fun while it lasted.

Anyway, I started to consider the option. I wasn’t too convinced but I came up with a plan. I would get on that site, test it and get out. A veni, vidi, delete mission of some sorts. Off I went and created a profile with an alter ego. Even though my name wasn’t real, I filled in the interviews with honest answers. Although in my opinion those interviews aren’t that helpful. The answers to the questions aren’t set in stone and aren’t a real reflection of a person. I don’t think anyone would take the time to change the answers each time he or she feels their interests have changed or evolved.

I checked out how the site worked and dove in, to see the fish swimming in that sea. My first couple of searches weren’t successful. Call me skeptical but I wasn’t surprised. I kept clicking around profiles, some had potential but that was it. I was almost ready to log out when holy profile clicking batman, the depiction of male perfection according to my eyes was right in front of me.

I’m so blushing right now, I probably will never have the courage to tell you this in person, but dear man on the photograph, you did such a good job uploading those profile pics. I couldn’t believe my eyes. After my initial pleasant shock, I read your profile and let me tell you, it is a great online profile.

My veni, vidi, delete plan backfired on me big time. I never expected the outcome. I can’t consider friending you because I was there on an alter ego, which I deleted.

Anyway, what I wanted to tell you dear man on the photograph is this: Thank you. Life and I, we just haven’t been on the same pace. I’m going through a stormy period from which I know I will come out better and restored. I never expected in the midst of the darkness to find an accidental light. Thank you for reminding me to be on the lookout for the little flashes of light that are always around me so I don’t forget that my dreams and wishes are still inside me.

Light via Photopin

Kind regards,


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