The wonderful world of dating often makes girls turn incredibly stupid. Open mouth breathing, eyes rolling, drooling kind of stupid. You all know I’ve had an online dating profile up for quite some time. I took a break from dating last year. For the first time in umpteen months I have a date. This Sunday, I’m going out with a dude. The logical part of me says that we’ll go out, it’ll be pleasant, there will be zero chemistry and it will have been a waste o’ time.
BUT this afternoon I caught myself jumping ahead 100 steps. These thoughts actually went through my mind:
- I need to buy a new outfit for my date. I’ll probably have to go out and get new bras and underwear once we start sleeping together.
- He lives in Jersey and works in the city. I live and work in the burbs. Which one of us will move if it works out? He really loves his house, and I don’t want to commute from Jersey.
- I have plans to go to NYC in early March, hotel room is booked. Maybe I should wait to invite my mom and see if it works out with this guy and he and I can go together.
- Two weeks is a long time to be away from someone over the summer. Wonder if he’d fly up to the Vineyard to spend a few days with me and my family.
I actually thought those things. All of them. When I realized what I was doing I started laughing at myself.
Why do we do this? Why do we immediately start into planning the future before even shaking the other person’s hand? It’s so totally absurd, yet every single girl I know starts all of that stupid shit when they meet someone new.
Suddenly that crazy girl I mentioned in my last post doesn’t seem quite as stupid as she did before. Sure, she’s holding on to a relationship that’s super duper dead. She told me a few weeks ago how she thought she had met someone she could spend her life with – before they went on their first date. I thought she was totally ridiculous. AND THEN I go and start planning the same kind of shit.
Look, I don’t delude myself that this dude is the one. I don’t even know if we’ll make it to the second date, but I do know that the mere thought of having in my life puts me in auto-planning mode. That just puts added pressure on the whole thing and takes the fun out of everything. I need to knock that shit off immediately if not sooner. So, yeah, I’m stupid, just like the next girl.