Now is your opportunity to get to know what kind of a person she is. I’m sure you have an ideal version of who she really is built up in your head, but that’s going to come crashing down sooner rather than later, because she’s a real person, not just an imaginary one in your head.
So take the time now to disabuse yourself of the notion that you know what she’s like at all, and go into this date with a totally fresh mindset. Go into the date with the intention of finding out who she is – what makes her tick, what her likes and dislikes are, and whether you like that person or not.
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Above all, be relaxed and have fun. She’s going to have a good time if you’re having a good time, so make 100% sure to keep your mood light, playful, and happy. It feels good to hang out with people in a good mood, and it feels bad to hang out with people who are in a bad mood, so don’t f*ck that part up.
And don’t worry about awkward pauses either. She’s probably just as nervous as you are, so as long as you remember to keep yourself in a good mood and go into it with a healthy sense of curiosity, joy, and good humor, you’re going to be fine.