Disability and dating

I’m 22 years old and have never been in a serious relationship. Up until now, I have never had any interest in dating. However, I have recently found myself attempting to break into the dating world and have discovered many things:

1) it’s hard. It’s uncomfortable to put yourself out there. What is flirting? How do you know if someone is doing it? How do you do it? All my friends have told me that I’m naive and couldn’t see flirting if it slapped me in the face. I’m starting to realize they’re right.

2) it’s harder if you have a disability, especially a visible one. A girl screaming “HAGRIDS BUTTCRACK” is not a turn on for most people. And frankly, it would be kinda creepy if it was.

3) it’s hard to seek people out. Meeting through mutual friends is great, but it’s hard when all your friends’ friends are also your friends. I find myself consistently friendZoned.

So, you get the point. It’s hard. Anyone have any advice?


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