When the word dating is whispered, maybe in a circle of friend at girls night out, at a noisy club, at the office by an enthusiastic college or during your sisters or brothers wedding, what is the first thing that pops in your head? For some, it is the train wreck of a dating life that they have had From being bailed on in the middle of a first date to the lack of chemistry in a number of successful dates. Others feeling like a first date might have gone well only to be disappointed when their date does not want to have a second date. Others think of how they never show up for dates for fear of rejection. These are just a few thoughts in the unending list that run in the mind of mature adults. Dating – a simple word for an elusive concept that man has yet to grasp and break down to a perfect science. Fact is dating is hard. Between the long hours at work and the little time left for sleep, there is barely any time left for play. To add insult to injury getting a partner, let alone one that has the characters that you want (better put, you need) is nearly impossible. Fear not here are a few tips on dating for mature adults.
Dating for mature adults involves a few concepts that a person should have at the back of their minds. First of all you should be aware of the first impression you give. They say that a lady knows if they are going to like you in the first fifteen seconds they see you Is it true? That i cannot answer but i would bet on a yes if i had gun to my head. Pay attention to the statement you are making. If not sure how you would be viewed ask a straight shooter who is close to you Secondly check your baggage. Seven percent of communication is verbal. the rest is non verbal, what you think of yourself when no one is looking – desperation, fear, insecurities and what not people can tell. Last but not least, know your deal breakers. Its okay to expect someone to meet a certain checklist, but you should know them and get rid of those that are frivolous. Be open to someone not scoring a hundred percent on that list but identify those characters that you cannot compromise on Finally, move slowly. With the pressure of time you can overlook key details,misjudge someone or make mistakes. Let a relationship take its course without getting too impatient or forcing things.
On the onset of dating there are a few things one should do or not do.
1. Observe social cues: Everybody’s favorite topic in the world is themselves. When on a date you should ask questions about the other person. The basics; Where are you from? What line of work are you in? etc. Its all about exchange. Open yourself up and learn something new. When you ask questions they tend to lead to other questions which reveal similarities and bring you closer. Someone might walk away thinking there was no chemistry while the outcome would have been way better.
2.Talking about the EX: Never. I don’t think you heard right – never, ever talk about the ex on your first date. Of course you will have to talk about the issue after some time, but not on the first date. Anywhere between zero and a little is too much.
3.Realize other forms of chemistry other than the physical chemistry: Physical chemistry is a major consideration when you are dating and in most cases this is confused for a deeper connection. While dating you should consider the other forms of chemistry. First is the intellectual chemistry. If the other person cannot spell bob backwards things are bound to head south fast. Second is the psychological chemistry. You need someone who is kind with their time mind heart and soul. Someone who will go through the good the bad and the ugly times.
4.Bringing in baggage: When dating there are to possibilities of what you can do in that relationship, you can contribute to it or contaminate it Leave your baggage at the door, Share only where appropriated or reciprocated.
5.0ver sharing: Dating is not an interview. You do not have to present a resume on your first day.Let the conversation be casual and let the tempo of things build slowly and casually. Keeping mind that the number one fear that men have is rejection. They need to notice a vulnerability, a way that they can approach you and have something to offer. Tone down the vibe that I am successful and independent and therefore i don’t need you
For all those in budding relationships you have to overcome the fear of caring too much.ln the words of Eleanor Roosevelt ‘We are afraid to care too much,for fear that the other person does not care at all”. Fear prevents us from giving it our all Fear of the other person not reciprocating feelings the way we want them to prevents us from giving it our all Relationships take a lot of commitment and most times at the first sign of trouble we ran for fear of suffering another heartbreak(for those who have been hurt before). Understanding this and overcoming this fear puts us in a better situation to fight for relationships thus successful dating.
With these few tips in mind make your way to the dating field with confidence. A common mistake that people make is they try to change and become a version that someone else would like. Be yourself. Have an open mind for the possibilities that can be available to you Dating is not an exact science, but truth is, Ill never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candor.