Have you ever shared a moment with another person, felt a spark and a connection, only to miss the opportunity to share contact details?
Maybe circumstances at the time prevented you from being together? Perhaps you have experienced true love at first sight but were too shy to act on it at the time?
There’s one of two things you could do in that situation: you can accept that the moment is lost forever and move on, or you can attempt to reconnect with your lost love in the hope that they felt the same for you in that fleeting moment.
4 True Stories of Love Lost and Found
Taking a leap of faith to go and find your missed connection may seem like a long shot. You may assume that the odds are against you, but here are four movie-worthy love stories of people who have successfully found their missed connection.
#1 Couple reunite and marry after 60 years
Cynthia Riggs and Howard Attebery met in 1950, both working in the same geology lab. It was love at first sight for Howard, but unfortunately Cynthia was involved with another man at the time. In February 2012, more than 60 years later, he decided to take the leap of faith and send Cynthia a coded love letter to the only address he could find. The letter read: “I have never stopped loving you“.
After months of exchanging letters, they decided to meet. Howard, now 92 years old, met Cynthia, 82 years old, at the train station with one single red rose. Within one hour of reuniting, Howard had proposed. He moved across the country to be with her the following year, where they were then married.
#2 Man tracks down lost airplane love via Twitter
24-year-old Jamie Kelly met a young Canadian woman, named Katie, when they were seated next to one another on a flight from Barcelona to Dublin. After conversing throughout the entire flight, they were forced to part ways at passport control when they reached their destination. After waiting for her on the other side for some time, he gave up hope when there was no sign of her.
Despite only knowing her first name and the fact that she was from Nova Scotia, he took to Twitter to find his lost love. He launched a campaign under the hashtags #loveatfirstflight and #findkatie. The internet appeal was spotted by Katie’s relatives who then put her in touch. They have been chatting online ever since and have made plans to reconnect.
#3 New Yorker creates website to track down the girl he spotted on a crowded train
Australian born magazine intern, Camille Hayton, caught the eye of Patrick Moberg on a busy subway train in New York. They locked eyes several times during the journey, but he lost her in the crowds when they both departed the train.
The young romantic, determined to find his mystery lady, set up a website dedicated to his search. He included a drawn picture of her, along with details of the train journey they shared and his contact information. Within hours, his e-mail inbox was overflowing. A friend of Camille contacted him and sent him a photo so that he could confirm her identity. “We’ve been put in touch with one another and we’ll see what happens,” he later added to the website.
#4 Woman plasters wanted posters over New York subway stations to find her missed connection in time for Valentine’s Day
In February of this year, pictures began emerging on Twitter of wanted posters which had popped up on the walls of several subway stations in New York City. “Pay attention NY! This is about my heart,” the posters read.
Like Patrick Moberg, one lady spotted a mystery man on a crowded subway train. Their eyes met as they travelled towards Brooklyn in November 2013. She took Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to find her lost love, plastering around 300 posters in New York Subway stations with a drawing of her man and details of their missed connection. Unfortunately, it is unclear whether she was ever successful. We can only hope!
10 ways to find your missed connection
These stories prove that although the chances may be slim, missed connections can turn into found connections. So, it’s worth a shot! Here are ten things you can do to help you get in touch with your mystery love interest.
#1 Write down every minute detail
When you have limited information about your lost love, every tiny little detail counts. So, if you decide to pursue a search, it’s a good idea to make a note of every bit of information available before you forget. The exact time that they caught your gaze, the location, perhaps you managed to catch their first name, items of clothing that they were wearing, maybe they were eating a BLT sandwich at the time… it’s all vital information that may come in handy!
#2 Enlist the help of your friends and family
The key to finding your missed connection is spreading the word. Start with your immediate friends and family. Inform them of your search, and even if they think you are crazy, they are likely to be supportive enough to help you out through retweets, statuses on Facebook, or perhaps if the person lives in your neighborhood, they might even recognize your description!
#3 Return to the meeting place
Perhaps you saw the man or woman of your dreams at a coffee shop or supermarket? It is possible that they may visit the location regularly. Try returning at a similar time of day, perhaps you might meet them again and muster up the courage to ask for their contact information. [Read: 15 easy conversation starters you can use with someone you really like]
You might also want to try and put up posters containing your vital information in the general vicinity of the fateful location. If they return there at any other time, they might spot your poster and give you a call.
#4 Google what you know
This might be a shot in the dark, but sometimes Google and other search engines can return relatively successful results with very little information. It is possible that if your prospective soul mate is pretty active on the internet, you could well find them using just a first name and a location. It is worth a try! [Read: 19 dating tips and tricks for introverts]
#5 Search the social networks
In this day and age, most people are active on at least one major social network. If you are convinced that the person lives in your area, try trawling through mutual friends and the “People You May Know” lists on Facebook or search their first name, if you know it. Perhaps you have an idea of their profession? Why not try a search on LinkedIn?
#6 Use a location based dating app
Even if you aren’t usually active on apps such as Tinder, they could prove to be a very useful tool for your search. Set your location parameters to include the area you encountered your illusive love and get swiping. What’s more, if you manage to find them on one of these apps, the chances are that they are single!
#7 Launch a Twitter campaign
Twitter is a powerful tool for spreading the word. Use a catchy hashtag and beg your followers for retweets. Most people are fond of a love story so you are likely to get them on your side. The message can spread fast, and it is so simple to track any responses that you might receive.
#8 Post an ad in the personals
This is a classic, tried and tested method. Send details of your search to your local newspaper, some may even have a dedicated section to missed connections. You could also try posting to Craigslist, they have quite a famous missed connections board that you could post to. You never know, they might be looking for you too!
#9 Create a website
Set up a website to house all the details you have about the person and your meeting. You could include a drawing of the person in lieu of a photograph. Social networking sites often give you a limited amount of space to post your information, so it is useful to have a website to direct people to. You just have to hope that the person you seek comes across your dedicated site, or at least someone who may be able to put you in contact. [Read: Are you really in love? – 21 signs to decode that fuzzy feeling]
#10 Use the postal service
This is maybe considered an outdated method of communication, but it is a useful one if you happen to be in possession of any postal address that may lead you to your lost love. Perhaps, your missed connection is someone you went to school with and you happen to know their parents’ address. Your letter may find its way into the right hands.
Before you dismiss that fleeting moment of connection, consider whether that person might actually be the one for you. They could be your soul mate or Mr./Ms. Right! Yes, you may run the risk of failure or rejection, but knowing that you tried is always better than regret.
[Read: 10 things about dating an 80s teen movie can teach you!]
In this day and age, such a gesture of romance is so refreshing, so why not give these 10 ways to reconnect with your missed connection a try and connect with them before it’s too late!
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