I told him, “Remember, she’s on the other end of the thread, looking for you, too.” That seemed to offer a little relief.
The search continued: a woman who was the closest yet, but too many red flags (you know what I mean).
He was going to give it up, but decided to give it one last try, and expand the geographic area. He got one email from her. They went on a date. Now they are married and have a baby.
I have heard a similar story from several people.
So don’t lose hope. Know what your must-haves are. Know what your must-not-haves are. Stick to them, especially your must-not-haves.
S/he’s on the other end of the thread, looking for you, too.