Dear Sharon: I’m intrigued by a man I met online, but afraid he might be too good to be true

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Dear Sharon:

I recently met a man online and have never been more intrigued by a stranger. Reading his profile felt like a window into my mind, capturing so much of what I want in a  partnership – from parallel values and principles to a shared love for hiking and yoga.  To top it off, his profile included that he wants to build a house; I am also in love with the idea of building my own house or cottage one day.

Our conversation quickly turned to playfully discussing what a future would look like for us. Then, the conversation took a  steep turn when he described his vision for our first meeting – from the pace we will walk toward one another to the way we would look at one another. Did I imagine what it would be like? Yes! Would I share that? No!

He later apologized for his overly-romanticizing tendencies. He also praises so much of what I write and shares how it makes his heart soar. I once encountered a “love bomber” before who thought I was his girlfriend after our first date. At the same time, I am all too familiar with dating emotionally unavailable men; I am both overwhelmed and excited about this new guy’s expressiveness, sensitivity, and transparency. He keeps suggesting that we have a call and suggesting we meet up in person. We live only a few towns away and it seems very doable. I am rarely hesitant about meeting — perhaps, I don’t want a too-good-to-be-true outcome.

Still, I am torn about my next steps, considering my tendency to being a black-or-white thinker when it comes to dating. I don’t want to cut him off before giving him a chance (and ghosting is never okay in my book).

Should I have a call and lean in or should I  consider this intensity a red flag? 



Dear Tessie, 

I’m proud of you for taking the leap into the virtual dating world! Meeting somebody online whose values and lifestyle aligns with yours is a huge plus, but you’re figuring out that it takes a whole lot more than that to be a match.  

I agree; it does sound like he’s moving quickly toward a relationship that doesn’t actually exist…yet. I’m reading that this is making you somewhat uncomfortable and that’s a  good thing, Tessie. We have to think about our safety; and guarding our hearts is a large part of that. That tells me that you’re being wise and not jumping in with both feet quite yet.  

Typically, I’d advise you to take the call, lean in, take a leap of faith, however in this instance I’m not going to say to do that. Instead, I advise you to be flattered by his attentiveness, be thrilled that there are people out there with whom you connect, and lastly be grateful that you have seen his intensity which is sketchy in a way.  You have a gut instinct, called intuition, and it appears to have kicked in. So, follow your intuition, but never give up on your dream to meet and fall in love with somebody who aligns with you on multiple levels.

As my mom always said, There’s a cover for every pot. 

Happy dating, Tessie!

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Sharon Curole

Weddings With Spirit

Sharon Curole is a NH Justice of the Peace, aka Wedding Angel, and a dedicated foodie.