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Kharina

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  1. Hello, I'm wondering if any of you have any experiences to share around dealing with loneliness and/or developing positive fulfilling relationships (with a small r!) as aros? I'm wondering whether I'm aromantic (certainly haven't yet experienced romantic attraction to anyone unless it's a LOT milder than I've been led to believe by others!). This gives me two worries about the future, both linked together - firstly loneliness and not having people to spend time with regularly, especially as friends get into relationships, married etc. and have less time for friendships (doesn't help that I've moved around a lot so my friends are scattered across the country, though I'm lucky to have good friends who do make time for me, especially my closest friend!), and secondly I do feel I'd like to have kids and while I'm thinking about doing this on my own I know social support networks are going to be crucial even if I'm not in a relationship with someone. I think I'm a bit socially anxious too and worry a lot about what others think of me and whether I've said something wrong etc.! Just wondering really if anyone else has had the same worries/concerns or had any success in addressing them? Kind of like the idea of a QPR too potentially but have no idea where to look for one, not sure dating sites are the best place. Or even just developing a network of friends in a similar situation (not that I don't enjoy friendships with non-aros too, just would be nice to know some people in similar situations as well). Thanks in advance for any experiences/thoughts you can share, really helps to hear others' experiences
  2. Thanks for the replies both (and the cookie!) Glad I am not the only one who feels confused!
  3. Hi all, I'm new here! I've been on AVEN for a little while and I'm pretty sure I fall somewhere on both the asexual and aromantic spectrums, but I still feel very confused as I've not had a relationship so feel I can't be entirely sure until I've tried (I was, and then a friend who until then hadn't had any relationships either and felt somewhat similar started online dating and quickly realised she was both romantic and sexual, which made me realise how much things can change). I'm trying online dating again with my ace status out there this time, but still not massively keen on it, something in me just seems to go 'ugh, no' and it feels like a chore. This forum seems really helpful for finding out more about aromanticism, which may help my confusion? Maybe? Outside orientations, I'm a woman from the UK who loves horse riding, reading, walking, wildlife/nature, cooking, very amateur singing in choirs and dance. Not sure what else to put here really, except hello and looking forward to 'meeting' you
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