Since no one marries the girl/boy next door any more, chances are you’ll need a date or two to track down the elusive ‘one’. (Or ‘two’. Or ‘three’. We’re all going to live until we’re at least 110, which is a long time to live with just the one.)
Nothing is more terrifying than first-date nerves: the combination of choosing an appropriate outfit (the leopard-print boots? the sequinned dress? the smoky eyes?), navigating conversational topics and dusting off your best flirtatious behaviour seems to turn the most assured of us into quivering wrecks. You stutter your way through the first fifteen minutes of conversation, grateful for the bar’s low lighting (the sequinned dress was a mistake), until the first few boozy gulps kick in, cranking your dating prowess up a notch. In your dreams.
And then there’s the post-date analytics, which are often more tortuous to the singleton than the date itself. Has your date been awesome or non-awesome? If you’re in any doubt, you may want to check with our author Hadley Freeman:
Ten signs you are having a non-awesome date (possibly autobiographical)
Additional words by Kate Tolley
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