While many happy, long-lasting relationships have come out of blind dates, most of us are still leery of the practice. The idea of going out with someone we've never met before makes the majority of us nervous. This is understandable, as a blind date can be a daunting idea. What if we're not attracted to the person? What will we talk about? What if the person makes us uneasy? These are all legitimate concerns, but going on a blind date is still worth a try! After all, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met on a blind date. So If you're still a skeptic, or just someone who is nervous about an upcoming date, we've got five tips to help you on a blind date:
1. Trust Who Set You Up
Before going on a blind date, you need to consider who set you up. In most cases it is a friend or family member – someone who has your best interests in mind. You need to trust that this person thinks they've found a good match for you. Unless they're an arch enemy, why would they set you up with someone you're going to have a bad time with?
2. Do Some Research
The internet is an amazing tool, especially when it comes to dating. When you're going on a blind date, do your research. If you know the name of who you're being set up with, look them up. This will give you a heads up as to what they look like, what their interests are, things they hate, etc. It may take away the element of surprise, but how surprising do you want a date to be, really?
3. Pick A Casual, Public Place
Remember that you're going out with someone you've never met before. While you should trust that your friend or family member isn't setting you up with someone dangerous, you still need to exercise caution. Arrange to have your date in a casual, public place. This will make the date more comfortable and you'll feel safer if things take a turn for the worst.
4. Look For The Potential
When going on a blind date, have an open mind. The person who set you up obviously saw potential for a match and they could be right! Don't go into the date assuming that you won't like the person. Give them a fair chance and see if there's any chemistry. Your friend may be a bonafide match-maker.
5. Be Brave
Most importantly, you need to be brave to go on a blind date. Blind dates are not for those of us who like to have it all planned out. Blind dates are better suited for more adventurous, spontaneous individuals. As a not-so-wise movie character once said, “Blind dates are like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.” Okay, maybe that wasn't the exact quote, but you see where we're going with this. If you plan on going on a blind date, be brave, because you don't really know what you're getting into.