Dating expectations can be extremely difficult when the quest for love is submersed in the fairytale of fun, adventure, and companionship are not a reality. The process of dating can cause many people anxiety no matter the age. Do I swipe left or swipe right? Do I slide into their DMs? What do I do? How do I start? Questions like these come up especially after you have ‘done the dating thing’ before and now a half of century has gone by.
What happens after 25 years of marriage gone bad and the tipping point past about a few years ago? LaTrice Ross had to reboot her dating scene journey and endure all that comes with it after her divorce of 25 years and 4 grown children, now at the age of 50. Dating became an added source of stress. After a couple of blind dates and old familiar patterns, LaTrice embarked upon a different dating journey. She sought the help of a professional for mental wellness*.
Mental wellness has been a hot topic as of late, especially when the pandemic pushed many against the wall of isolation and forced self-reflection to regroup, regenerate and regain life’s power and opportunities for balance and happiness. LaTrice began to date herself and find what her interests and hobbies were. One of the most powerful lessons served as a reminder, “hurt people hurt people.” The day of mindless hurt was forced to a screeching halt.
Today, LaTrice maintains a well-balanced and peaceful state of mind. She has set boundaries for all relationship that attempt to enter her area of tolerance and well-being. She now enlightens and empowers her company and community as a Diversity and Inclusion Manager.
*Need help for mental wellness?
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255