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Scott De Buitleir
In this technologically advanced world, it can be hard to maintain any hopes to finding romance.
Any acts of passion can be far removed from your emotions, initiated by pressing a dating app on your smartphone.
Clubs are designed with the similar goal of instant gratification: Get in, get drunk, get off.
Recently, I plucked up the courage to go over to a good-looking guy in a cafe and give him my number.
It was something I had never done before, despite having seen it done in countless films.
I wasn’t necessarily risking too much. I guessed he was gay from his body language and occasional eye contact, though I still played the “gay or European?” game in my head five times before doing anything.
In the end, I figured I had nothing to lose and the worst that could happen would be I’d be embarrassed for a short while.
It turned out — just my luck — the guy I gave my number to was indeed gay, but he had a boyfriend.
Funnily enough, I didn’t mind the outcome because I was more content with going out of my comfort zone and being able to approach him at all.
As an Irishman, it’s part of my culture to be friendly but not forward. Normally, I prefer not to be the one to make the first move, blaming it on shyness when it’s really laziness.
It made me get over myself, even if I didn’t get a date out of it! I guess you could say it was a pretty decent consolation prize.
“If you’re rejected, then you’ve still
learned to put yourself out there.”
So, here’s what I learned from such an experience:
If you’re in a gay-friendly place, then your chances of barking up the wrong tree are lessened somewhat.
Even if the guy you notice isn’t interested — for whatever reason — a public space ensures he won’t react too negatively, for fear of his own embarrassment. (Unless he’s just a jerk, in which case, he won’t be putting himself in a good light.)
If you’re able to catch the guy’s attention (without making a fool of yourself!), all the better.
If you’re single and you think there might be a chance, keep that in your mind. If you’re rejected like I was, then you’ve still learned to put yourself out there — without having to resort to your phone.
This doesn’t mean you should get out there right now and find an attractive guy to test your newfound confidence on — bide your time.
But you should know when a good opportunity comes up. Just make sure you have a pen and paper ready when it does!
How are you going to take your dating life offline?
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