Wouldn't it be great to have a crystal ball? Or X-Ray glasses that allowed us to see the truth and the baggage of the person we're trying to date? In reality, all we can do is work on knowing what we want and pay attention to what another brings to the table. If you're alert and intuitive, you can tell a lot about the other person in the first hour or so of meeting them, and certainly within the first few dates.
Keep in mind that nobody is perfect and we all have our problems. Whoever you're dating will inevitably have some less-than-desirable personality traits and for sure won't be the same ones you have. So there will be a few challenges you don't currently have. On the other hand, you can also have a lot of fun, gain a lot of happiness and comfort you cannot create for yourself just by being alone.
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By the time we hit 50, we all have a certain level of baggage...some in Louis Vuitton, some in bargain-bin plastic bags. The trick is finding someone who equally accepts that you have just as much baggage as they do, and is willing to help you carry it along the way.