Woman admits she only had her first kiss at age 32
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A woman, who had never been kissed until she was 32, has finally started dating after admitting she ‘lost trust in love’.
Allora Campbell is not embarrassed to be a ‘late bloomer’, despite spending her entire adulthood without going on a single date.
While she hoped she would one day get her very own ‘meet cute’, it simply never happened, and she instead channeled her energy into her career and travelling.
But the 32-year-old eventually decided to do something positive about her situation, and - rather than giving up booze or adopting a plant-based diet for a month - she chose to kick off the new year by getting herself out there.
Allora has now been on four dates - and has even had that magical first kiss, which she described as ‘sweet’.
The marketer from Rochester, New York, said: “I’m 32 and I had never been kissed or been on a date until last month.
“I presumed that women were meant to be pursued or some sort of meet cute would happen.
“But that never happened to me.
“I thought there must be something wrong with me.
“Instead of taking the narrative into my own hands I just put all my energy into my career and travel.
“I felt like I had wasted 15 years coming to terms with it.
“During the gap between Christmas and New Year I was snuggling my dog and I just thought - ‘if you do nothing, nothing will change’.
“I love my life, but I wanted to try dating.
“My goal was just to get out on dates and feel comfortable enough to do so.”
Allora said she had grown up feeling ‘crippled by a gender role’, having expected she would just meet someone or be approached by guys.
When the ‘prince to princess’ fairytale never came, she found herself ‘second guessing’ herself, questioning if she was ‘good enough’.
“I’d download a dating app once a year have bad experiences with creeps and delete it without going on dates,” she said.
However, Allora decided to give things another stab after realising that spending so many years worrying about what people thought of her was only ‘self-sabotage’.
“I downloaded the dating apps and decided to try for January,” she continued.
“I didn’t really expect anything.
“But I ended up with a connection with a guy and have been on four dates.
“I was terrified for the first date.
“I sang ‘I have confidence’ from the Sound of Music for my entire drive.
“He was so cool about me not being kissed or having been on any dates.
“He’s been really respectful.
“I had my first kiss, and it was really sweet.”
As hardly anyone knew Allora had never been on a date before this year, she thought she was the ‘only person in the world’ going through it, and felt like she was ‘carrying a deep dark secret’.
But after sharing her story on social media, she was stunned by how many fellow ‘late bloomers’ reached out.
“It made me braver saying it out loud,” Allora said.
“I could always deflect any dating questions, so no one ever really knew before.
“It’s not something I’m embarrassed about anymore.”
She now wants others to know it’s never too late to start dating, saying there is ‘no timeline’.
“Life is a marathon, not a sprint,” she added.
“There is nothing wrong with coming to dating or romance at a later stage.”