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Magic in the Making: What Makes a Date a Memorable One
What is a date? A moment in time or a series of moments that can span a lifetime of happiness for everyone involved. Remember your first date with your favorite High School sports superstar at the local movie theatre. Your palms were sweating and your heart was racing for your first kiss. This scenario could be a love story in the making or just one short-lived moment that will make a great conversation piece at a party. It's up to you and your ultimate desire for everlasting happiness, even if it's a short courtship.
Valentine's Day may have come and gone just only recently, but romance never takes a holiday for anyone, especially for all the incurable romantics of the world. Keeping the romance alive all year round is a way to relive February 14th over and over again. Here are five of the best dating scenarios to live by or to remember for the rest of your life. These scenarios ranged from finding your happiness, complications, and the luckiest meeting in the world. Read on to see if your greatest dating memory is among them or see if it should be.
Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone- Do you live a sheltered life or tend to play things too safe? Risk-taking tends to cause more hives than any chills down your spine. A prime example would be the movie W.E., which is based on the true story of how Edward (James D'Arcy) gave up being the King of England to be with the woman he loved (Andrea Riseborough), even though it caused them some hardship in the end. It was worth it for them to pursue their complicated happiness. In the new movie Good Deeds, Wesley (Tyler Perry) is a businessman who thought he had it all, until he met single mother Lindsey (Thandie Newton) who helped clean his office building. Wesley's relationship with Lindsey helped get him out of his shell and made him see that there was more to life than money. When it comes to dating, you often have to leave your fear behind in order to enjoy being truly happy. If you have to go bungee jumping, do it with gusto and enough motion sickness medication to cure an army of sick kids.
Being Part of a Triangle- Are you used to being Mr. and Ms. Smith whenever you go outside? Is your better half a little too safe? Have you ever been part of a dating triangle that placed you in the center of it all? In the new movie This Means War, Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) is caught between dating two men who happened to be best friends and the CIA's best operatives. FDR (Chris Pine) is a player and Tuck (Tom Hardy) is a man with a broken heart. The friends go to extremes to get the woman, even if it means violating a few privacy laws in the process. Realize that triangles are messy and are never met to last long, because a choice always has to be made no matter what. Door number one or door number two? You better decide carefully before fists start flying.
The Unlikeliest of Bed Partners- Can a cop have a satisfying relationship with a criminal? Maybe. Maybe not. It ultimately depends on which partner is which. In the movie Out of Sight, Karen Sisco (Jennifer Lopez) is a Federal Agent chasing a career criminal named Jack Foley (George Clooney) on the run after a recent prison escape. The two strangest of bedfellows meet in the trunk of a getaway car and ended up having some good conversation that turned into an intense one night stand. This one night was a way where they forgot about their occupations and focused on each other. Sadly, the next day caused Karen to end up sending Jack back to jail for a very long time. It's a shame because they really had something. Women do love a good bad boy, even if they are only meant to break hearts instead of putting a ring on your finger. These dates are more for the memories than the long haul.
Teenage Romance- Can first love transform into true love? Picture this scenario. An honor student who is on the fast track for professional success and is way above the ranks of mere mortals. Cue the regular joe who worships the girl and will do anything to make her happy. That's the premise behind the classic romantic comedy Say Anything, which had Lloyd (John Cusack) holding a boom box over his head baring Peter Gabriel to get the girl (Ione Skye) to forgive him. Many teenage girls, and even their mothers, would've wanted to have a guy play Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" to declare their love for out loud. How romantic and innocent. The end.
A Chance Meeting- Imagine meeting your soul mate while fighting over a pair of gloves on a very busy shopping day. That's the premise behind the movie Serendipity, which had John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale as love birds meant to be together if timing hadn't got in the way. Years passed and they moved onto different people after their chance encounter was cut short. Would fate step in to give them a second chance? Of course, the answer is a resounding yes. After all, it was a romantic comedy. A happy ending is essential. Create your own happy ending by making the first move or taking a chance with a stranger. Just do it in a public setting for your first date in case things don't go according to plan. If things do sour, there are more exits to cover to give you time to split before you're missed.
In the end, love is about taking a leap of faith that the person you choose to be with for the night or for eternity is worth the investment. The best way to prove that is through going through with accepting the first date challenge. If they pass, have as many experiences as possible before making any permanent plans. Love lasts a lifetime, and so do the stories you tell at parties. Choose wisely.