I've been divorced for 3 years (my initiation), I have a great job, relatively attractive and very kind, 2 lovely kids and feel as though I have a lot to offer and look forward to having a relationship.
I've been OND but that never works out, there is no one at work and no apparent singletons at the grocery store (!) and I live semi rurally surrounded by married friends.
This is more of a rant because another weekend is upon me (without the children) and generally I'm an optimistic person but I'm just feeling a bit low.
I have no good advice for you just posting in solidarity. Same scenario as you minus the kids - I even work in central London where you'd think there was unlimited opportunity for meaningful looks on the tube etc (ha! As if anyone ever voluntarily looks up from their phone!).
OLD leaves me cold, it's all so backwards - every relationship I've ever had has been a progression of sorts from knowing someone to fancying them. I've looked at MeetUp but every group seems to be 95% women. I was recently pondering whether I should join the local Sunday morning 5 a side league....
Well nice to hear I'm not the only one and living in London is not necessarily the solution!
I've tried golf courses, wine tastings, running groups etc. and lots of OLD.
After nicely chatting to one man online I asked about his plans for the weekend and added cheekily "maybe meeting a nice lady you've been chatting to online...?" to which he responded, "do you normally ask compete strangers out on dates?!".
Jeeze, isn't that why we're online? I don't need a bloody pen pal and there is always that disappointment when you get along so well online to then meet and realise there is absolutely zero chemistry!
I've said this before on here and I will no doubt say it again but join a local indoor climbing club. I have never in my life seen so many people get together from this activity. Unlike running you have to hold ropes, chat to people, have time to get to know people. Honestly, no-one thinks they can do it but go to a club night and people will be very happy to show you the ropes. Literally. It's male dominated. I know loads of couples who got together and now have children from climbing.
Climbing is a great suggestion and I'd add rowing. We often see a rowing club in the pub and they seem very sparky and happy, proud of their accomplishments (they often talk about the day's rowing, show us photos of where they've been etc) and it is a mixed group (mixed ages and mixed sex).
Good luck! Sounds like a great recommendation - shame the nearest wall is rather a long way away, and like Candle I'm terrified of heights
pascalpascal - I've taken to blatently dropping the fact that I'm separated into conversation when I meet new people. It felt a bit unnatural at first, but I've found it's actually quite easy to let it come up naturally (eg by mentioning that I can stay out because dd is with my ex). That way I don't need to ask about their relationship status - and if they feel moved to mention it then it's up to them . . .
I'm just dipping my toe into OLD without much optimism, but I'm also making a real effort to go out to pretty much anything on offer in the way of gigs, parties etc, even if I have to go on my own and might not know many people. I figure I can always bale out and go home if it's grim.