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60 things that go through your mind on a first date

Dating is awkward and stressful. There’s so much pressure on those first dates  – to look right, say the right things, not get too drunk…..



Dating is awkward and stressful. There’s so much pressure on those first dates  – to look right, say the right things, not get too drunk..

I find the act of dating a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I try to act cool, but deep down on the inside my emotions and thoughts all over the place! It can be a time of extreme highs and lows, can dating. Not getting a text back can seem like the end of the world, then getting a text with a x on the end can make you feel like the happiest girl in the world. All within the space of 5 minutes.

Here’s some of the things that go through my mind when I have a first date.

  1. Should I start getting ready yet?
  2. Shit, I should cancel.
  3. I’ve got loads of time!
  4. Should I arrive a bit late? Be cool and all dat.
  5. Noooo where did the last 30 minutes go?
  6. Is my dress too short?
  7. Should I risk falling and wear heels?
  8. Wet nails, FFS. I’m trapped!
  9. He’s not texted to say he’s set off. He’s going to stand me up.
  10. Sending his picture to all my friends 😀
  11. It’s going to be a disaster.
  12. Ok, I’m almost there.
  13. Should I shake his hand? Hug him?
  14. Fist bump?
  15. High five maybe? FUCK I DON’T KNOW.
  16. What if he goes for the hug and I go for the first bump and it’s just a mess.
  17. I wish I had stayed home in my giraffe onsie binge watching Netflix.
  18. Oh right drinks, large or small wine.. should say small to be polite.
  19. Am I smiling too much?
  20. What questions should I ask him.. something cool like.. um.. I don’t know.
  21. Do I have resting bitch face?
  22. I wish I got that large. Dutch courage and all.
  23. Should I sit closer to him?
  24. Ok eye contact. This is awkward.
  25. I’m too busy thinking about making the right amount of eye contact and now I don’t know what he said.
  26. He thinks I’m an idiot.
  27. Should I match my drink pace with him?
  28. I’m dying to check my phone.
  29. How many times can I say ‘pardon’ without sounding rude.
  30. Should I offer to pay for the next drink?
  31. I need to pee but feel weird excusing myself.
  32. Having a wee and updating all my friends my friends on Whatsapp 😀
  33. I wonder if he thinks I’m fit.
  34. He’s pretty fit.
  35. OMG he’s going to ghost me, isn’t he?
  36. La la la it’s easier with wine.
  37. Wine makes me stutter.
  38. I wonder if he’s a murderer.
  39. Like, what if he wants to chop me up into pieces and put me in the walls.
  40. Do you think he noticed I moved closer?
  42. Ok, I’m going to do that thing where I smile and look at his lips.
  43. I think I messed that up and just looked like a freak.
  44. He’s asking all the questions and I’m clueless. He’s going to think I’m boring.
  45. Should we get another drink?
  46. Ok, we’re going to say goodbye.
  47. I have no idea how to do this.
  48. Ok so I’ll go for a hug, I think.
  49. What if he goes for a kiss and I go for a hug and it’s awkward?
  50. Shit, I kind of fell into him. I’m drunk.
  51. Ok, we said bye.
  52. Phew, at least that’s done now.
  53. Should I text him to say I’m home? Or is that desperate.
  54. I should let him text me first.
  55. But what if he’s waiting for me to text first?
  56. Fuck it, I’m texting him.
  58. Ok, I’m a pro at this.
  59. He’s never going to text me again, is it?
  60. Dating is hard.

What goes through your mind on a date?





  1. Ha!!!!! I loved this!!! I’ve had relatively few first dates,it has been people I know but I’ve had similar sort of panic brain!!!!x

  2. I loved this! I once had a date a few years ago where I pretty much had ALL of these thoughts. I think it went pretty well, but then he moved up north so I never saw him again. Hopefully that’s not a reflection on the date.

    I really hope it’s not anyway…!

  3. Oh gawd this is sooo true!! Hahaha I hate the texting game.. if I put an exclamation mark will I look over eager? Or what smiley face to use… awks haha

    Ash | Liakada

  4. On my first date with Ben I was already trying to work out how to cut it short as I was v. v. anxious and had already turned him down twice. Apparently I’m stuck with him now! x

  5. This is so funny. I remember almost all of these things, somewhere in the past (I am in a relationship for almost 13 years, married for 8+). It can be daunting, but is something we all have to go through.

  6. Lol! I always ask myself how likely it is that he’s that serial killer that they are looking for in the news! Lol, I should stop watching the crime solving channel!
    Great post!

  7. This mad me laugh. Dating is an absolute nightmare. I always think be yourself, not a better version. If they like you they like you Lucy x

  8. Argh I’ve never had a first date – it sounds hard! All my boyfriends have been friends before!

    And number 39… Is that a Jumanji reference?! :’)


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