Why Taking Risks in Life Can be Beneficial: Especially in Love, First Person, Part One

July 25, 2013 by Gary Davis  
Published in Dating

This true story will hopefully inspire you to go on that dreaded blind date.

I had just come home from the service and, of course, I was “out of the loop”. Believe it or not, even at age 23, I was just glad to be out of the Army, and, all I wanted to do was relax for awhile. Then I wanted to get a good part-time job and go back to college on the G.I. Bill.

Well, my brother, or, more accurately my brother’s wife would have none of it. She had decided to make it her life’s work to get me dating again. I really, really just wanted to be left alone.

I didn’t want to go back home and live with my parents. (One of the reasons I had joined the Army was to leave home!). I didn’t have much money, but I had enough to pay for a couple of months for a cheap place until I got working and got the money for college. Pretty soon my brother came knocking. “We’ve got a great girl for you to date!” he said. “She’s smart and cute and has a great sense of humor. She’s also a nurse just like my wife; in fact, they’re best friends.” Well, I had heard enough.

First, any guy worth his salt knows that “best friends” are the kiss of death when it comes to blind dates and, speaking of blind dates, they weren’t such a good idea anyway. Plus, if she was so great, why didn’t she already have a boyfriend? She was either a troll or, she was on “the rebound”, and, either way, I wasn’t interested.

So, I said “no”.

I began the wonderful life of a guy with few cares. I had most of what I needed. I got a decent part-time job working at an insurance agent’s office doing assorted administrative functions, and, got enrolled in college. Seriously, I was pretty content; even with no social life.

My brother’s wife resurfaced. It was the same scenario, and, the same girl. This time his wife came to see me herself. “You’re making a big mistake” she told me. “She is a great girl and I think you two will really hit it off. Besides, it’s not like I’m asking you to marry her or anything. I’ll tell you what. Just come out to the hospital and meet her when she and I go on break tomorrow.” I said “O.K.”

Due to the length of this article, I will stop here and call it part one.

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