Skim through our success stories and it doesn’t take long to detect a pattern: Many of our happily engaged and married couples had to look outside their city or state to find their mates.
- Matt from Madison, Wis., had no interest in long-distance relationships, but he was impressed by a woman from Raleigh, where he now lives.
- Chet and Elizabeth overcame the gap between Alaska and Texas. “We realized we were at extreme corners of the country,” he said. “But that didn’t keep us from getting to know each other.”
- Another Alaska boy fell for a Florida beauty, whom he’ll marry this July.
- Valerie and Michael bridged the gap between Philadelphia and D.C.
- Mike flew from Ohio to Missouri to meet the woman he is now engaged to.
- And let’s not forget our fearless heroine Evelyn, who ignored Tim’s stated preference that he would only pursue a relationship within driving distance. She broke the rules and landed herself a fiancé. (Hey, technically you can drive from Richmond to Chicago…it just takes a while!)
I understand the many reasons for staying in your area. You’re not alone: 30 percent of CatholicMatch members say they prefer their current location. (That means technically they could relocate, but they’d rather not.) Another 13 percent say they can’t move.
But maybe, just maybe today’s the day to get inspired by these long-distance love stories and search for profiles within 200 miles. Or 500. Or just once – what have you got to lose? – “no preference.”
You might be surprised by what you discover.