this pathetic thing i do with dating apps and certain emails

Confession: if I get a notification on Hinge saying that somebody is interested in me, even if I’m not interested in return, I don’t delete the notification. I let them accumulate.

When I’m deleting junk emails from my inbox, I leave unopened all of the emails alerting me, in their subject line, to a new subscriber on the website or podcast.

A farmer burning weeds, Vincent Van Gogh

I do this so that, scattered throughout my day, I’ll accidentally stumble upon (or deliberately return to) these little token assurances that someone somewhere, for whatever personal reason, fancied me, and found me worthy of their time.

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