It’s a beautiful evening, you’re dressed to the nines and finally on a date with that special someone. Everything is going great, until suddenly… disaster strikes. Whether it’s a wardrobe malfunction, a last minute cancellation or the dreaded run in with an ex, dating emergencies can leave even the most calm and collected of us freaked or frazzled. But fear not, because today’s topic will show that with a little bit of humour and quick thinking, you can handle any situation that’s thrown your way. Grab a glass of wine ( or preferred beverage of choice ) and lets dive in….
The Wardrobe Malfunction: You’ve spent hours getting ready for your date, only to realise at the very last minute that your favourite shirt has a giant fucking stain on it. Or, you’re already on the way to your date and rip a hole in your pants reaching for something in the back. Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a dater quite like a wardrobe malfunction… So, what do you do? First, don’t panic. If you’re at home, try to quickly change into something else that you feel confident in. If you’re out and about, I suggest attempting to pop into a store to see if there’s an easy replacement available. You could add an extra layer like a jacket or scarf to cover the offending area. Or if all else fails, just own it babe. Make a joke about your fashion mishap and move on. Remember, confidence is key – if you’re feeling good about yourself, your date will pick up on that energy.
The Sudden Illness: You’re out on a date and suddenly feel a migraine coming on… or worse, the rumblings of some gastrointestinal distress. What do you do ? First, assess the situation. If you think you can push through, try to continue the date as planned. But if you’re really feeling unwell, it’s better to be honest with your date and let them know you need to cut the date short. You don’t have to go into the gory details. Just apologise for the inconvenience, reassure them this isn’t some ploy to ditch the date and suggest rescheduling for another time when you’re feeling better.
The Encounter with an Ex – You’re out on a date and suddenly run into your ex… Fuck, what do you do ? First, take a deep breath and try to remain calm. Remember, you’re in control of the situation. If you’re on friendly terms and feel comfortable, introduce your ex to your date and try to make small talk. But if you’re not ready to endure the guaranteed awkwardness and subsequent questions, be honest and suggest moving to another location. Don’t let any awkward encounters with the past ruin your present.
The Unexpected Phone Call – When you’re out on a really good date, the last thing you want is for your phone to ring. If you suspect it may be an emergency, excuse yourself to take it outside and let your date know what’s going on. If it’s a telemarketer and you’re feeling particularly bold, put on an accent or your best confused customer voice and have some goofy fun with it. Who knows, your date might find your quick thinking and humor to be attractive.
The Food Mishap – You’re enjoying a lovely meal with your date and suddenly food goes flying… lol, don’t panic. Instead, make light of the situation and have some fun with it. You can pretend you’re in a food fight and launch a cherry tomato back in retaliation. Or, if was you with the slippery fingers, you can pretend you meant to do so and say “Ta-da!” with a flourish. It’s all about how you handle the situation.
The Forgetting of the Funds – Another common, slightly embarrassing emergency on a date is forgetting your wallet or running out of money. This can be a stressful situation, but it doesn’t have to ruin your date. If your date forgets their wallet, offer to pay for the meal and ask for something outrageous in return, like a lifetime supply of ice cream or tickets to the next big concert. If you’re the one who forgot your wallet, be honest and sincerely offer to make it up to them on the next.
The Awkward Silence – One of the most dreaded dating emergencies is the awkward silence. You’re sitting across from your date and suddenly the conversation comes to a screeching halt, leaving you both staring at each other in uncomfortable silence. To avoid this situation, come prepared with a few conversation starters in your back pocket. One trick to break the silence is to ask your date a question about themselves. People love to talk about themselves, and this can help get the conversation flowing again. And if all else fails, make a joke or observation to lighten the mood. Comment on the weird art on the wall, or challenge them to a mini game of charades. Laughter will always be the best medicine for awkward silences.
The Last-Minute Cancellation – While these situations can be disappointing, it’s important to remember that flexibility and open-mindedness are the hallmarks of a successful dater. If your date cancels or has to reschedule, resist the urge to take it personally or to assume the worst. Instead, use the opportunity to do something unexpected and spontaneous. Perhaps you can take yourself out on a solo date or connect with a friend for an impromptu outing. The key is to embrace the unexpected and to find joy in the journey, even when plans go awry.
With a little foresight and preparation, even the most uncomfortable circumstances can be navigated with ease and grace. But ultimately, the key to handling dating emergencies is to stay positive and have a sense of humor. Remember that it’s not about what happens, but how you react to it that matters. Until next time my friends x
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