Hi! Um, I hope this is the right forum for this... For quite a long time, I've been feeling quite lonely and I think I'd like to be in a relationship, I mean, I'm a bit of a romantic and I often find myself wishing that I had somebody. The problem is - well, two problems. The first is that I have no idea how to "put myself out there", I'm really inexperienced as well as being a total wallflower who doesn't make friends easily. People make dating sound so easy, but it's like - I don't even have any friends? Not in a sad way, I just didn't keep in contact with them when school finished. I have online friends and I have coworkers that I like a lot, but that's really it. So... How am I supposed to meet people? It's not as if I'm going out to the bar with some friends on a Friday night. I know there's online dating, but I heard so many horror stories about it when I was younger that I'm a bit skeptical of it. The second problem is that I'm not exactly emotionally stable and, while I want somebody, I'm afraid of scaring them away with my mental state. I take medication for my problem, but I still have really dark times sometimes. I wonder if it would be asking too much of somebody to ask them to put up with that. Thanks for reading! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.