Dating is hard enough when you’re young and just getting into the world of relationships. When you’ve reached 55 and older, it becomes a completely new minefield of complications, fears, and uncertainty. Whether you have been single for a long time or if you’re just getting right back into the dating game, it can seem like a terrifying task to find a date and make it through the event without a hitch. The main goal of a first date is to determine whether you want a second one or have an interest with the other person, so staying calm and in control is definitely going to work to your advantage.
If you’re considering a meal date, try doing lunch instead of dinner. Dinner suggests a more intimate setting, in most cases, and can be very intimidating. If you do lunch, it can be casual and fun and followed or preceded by a fun activity that you can both enjoy. Then, there’s less stress and more to talk about because you are doing more than just eating. Also, you can consider group dates or attending an event with a first date to ease the stress of the one-on-one focus. By taking the attention off of the date itself, you can focus on relaxing and having a good time.
It doesn’t matter whether you are 16 or 55 because your first date with someone new should always be about staying calm and having fun, no matter what you are doing. You should try to keep an open mind, focus on common interests, and forget about the pressure that often comes with a first date.