You’ve seen them at the Boulange, Peet’s and Starbucks.
You can tell.
When the ‘closest facsimile’ waves her over to his table, with a broad smile, she cautiously walks over to join him. She is still walking on thin ice and treading lightly. You notice they both have fake and cautious smiles plastered on their faces, half nervous, half curious.
Both are quickly adjusting to the “First-Meeting Sticker Shock.” Their minds are racing like a deck of shuffling cards.
Best-case inner dialogue could be: “Phew. Wow. What a relief! They look exactly like the photo”.
Or worst-case scenario, both parties -with frozen smiles and minds racing with thoughts like: “What was I thinking? What a mistake. OMG. How can I get out of this? How long do I have to stay? Check please.”
Next time: ask more questions; exchange a couple more emails; talk on the phone.
Yes, skip texting – speak to the person before actually meeting. There is no obligation to meet anyone. anytime.
It’s a Dance
You have to admire people who take the plunge, who get out there and do the dating dance. Some days, it’s like a waltz – other times it’s the Twist…or a jitterbug- fast and frenetic. When two hearts and minds collide and match – that’s the best.
Writing Profiles in Courage?
For every couple grimacing through the awkward stages of meeting somebody for coffee for the first time, there are hundreds of us sitting at home pretending to be satisfied with watching TV with a cat, surfing the web and all that other single, solitary, alone stuff.
Bravo to the brave of heart who wear their hearts on their sleeves and get out there and make the effort to meet somebody new. Gold Medals all around for the brave and the few. It’s a brave new world?
Why not put your single big toe into the Dating Game?
Today is the first day of the rest of your social life. Get out there and have fun.
Put these on Post-it notes:
“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.” François de la Rochefoucauld
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Dr. Seuss