DATING a new person is terrifying, especially if you’re an anxious sweaty mess who’s trying to hide these valid fears:
Screwing it up
It’s natural to be on tenterhooks when meeting someone who could be your life-partner. And it’s human to feel sick with nerves. Just don’t be too human, especially on her shoes, or in her bag.
Not looking like a wimp
The last thing you want if your date’s confronted by a spider is for her to be distracted by your histrionics. Try to suppress your fear by gallantly carrying your date to safety with a fireman’s lift before she has to revive you with smelling salts.
Coming across as overconfident
Confidence is sexy, but overconfidence is a huge turn off. It’s important to be your true self, not your bathroom mirror self, so stop pouting and take off those sunglasses. You’re in a dimly lit bar and everyone thinks you look like a wanker.
Not being interesting enough
Your date probably won’t be expecting you to have recently built a school by hand in Tanzania. Don’t be afraid to be a regular guy who’s happy climbing the ladder of mutual insurance rather than Everest. On second thoughts, a little elaboration might help.
If you have a tendency to find a deep and hidden meaning behind every utterance, you could find conversation stopping altogether. Try and limit yourself to only analysing a few key words. Easy ones to start with include: no, sick, leaving, and blocked.
Attempting a kiss
If you’ve suppressed your fears enough to get to the stage where a kiss is appropriate, don’t balls it up by worrying about having the perfect moment. So what if you miss their face or accidentally headbutt them? You can always blame your poor performance on being out of practice due to lockdown. Think of this excuse as Covid’s silver lining.