Dating is tough especially as you get older and realize that you may not be the catch you were in your youth! I’ve read a lot of dating books over time and some advice has been really helpful in general and in my personal life, while other tips have gone in one ear and out the other. There’s no magical formula to making sure you don’t get your heart broken, but what I’ve learned is that the idea of dating doesn’t have to be as nail-biting as one may think. It can actually be a lot of fun, even if there is no chance for a second encounter, you just have to be in the right mind-set. So I’ve created some guidelines that I feel are essential for a good dating experience and can be beneficial for anyone, at any stage of life.
Rule Number 1
Wear some sexy underwear. This doesn’t just apply to women, but for men too. If there’s some sparks, you might get a chance to show them off later. I tell you, even if there is no attraction to your date whatsoever, you’ll still feel good and smiling on the inside!
Rule Number 2
When out on a date, make sure you smell good! If the person you are sitting across or next to smells like week old socks, at least you can breathe in your scent and not have to make an excuse that you’re a smoker and step outside every 15 minutes just to get fresh air. Top choices for either men or women would be anything by Givenchy, Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, etc.
Rule Number 3
If you’re going to be late, CALL! The worst thing you can do is show up late without a valid excuse. It’s a terrible first impression. If you haven’t gotten to the point of exchanging numbers, find a way to get in touch. This shows courtesy and will earn points when you actually do show up.
Rule Number 4
Pick a restaurant or suggest one and order something moderately priced. You’re making all this effort to look, smell good, and arrive promptly so even if you’re not having a good time, at least your palette is satisfied.
Rule Number 5
If you hit it off, you will be seeing each other again relatively quickly. There is no reason why you wouldn’t. So don’t play games. I don’t care how busy your schedules are, if you want to see someone again, you’ll find a way even if that means a 5 am breakfast.
There is only room for one chance, well, okay, maybe two, but still don’t waste your time and energy on someone who can’t be bothered to go that extra mile for you at the beginning. It’s a wake-up call of what your future will be like.
As the saying goes, there are plenty of fish in the sea, you just have to be careful on what you catch or what tries to catch you.