There's something wonderful, I think, about taking chances on love and sex. ... Going out on a limb can be roller-coaster scary because none of us want to be rejected or to have our heart broken. But so what if that happens? I, for one, would rather fall flat on my face as I serenade my partner (off-key and all) in a bikini and a short little pool skirt than sit on the edge of the pool, dipping my toes in silence.
You might be dating in a search for Mr. or Mrs. Right. When you date, you have the chance to test your personal compatibility with many different kinds of people. This can be a really interesting and fun experiment if you let things unfold naturally. Remember, a life partner is a person you want to be with for the rest of your life, which means it will pay off to spend some quality time really getting to know each other. Looking for sites like this? Check out eHarmony and Match.com. If you're dating someone you think could be the right partner for you, spend time learning about them, their likes and dislikes, and make sure that you're on the same page in terms of relationship goals and intentions.
Generally, during much of recorded history of humans in civilization, and into the Middle Ages in Europe, weddings were seen as business arrangements between families, while romance was something that happened outside of marriage discreetly, such as covert meetings. The 12th-century book The Art of Courtly Love advised that "True love can have no place between husband and wife." According to one view, clandestine meetings between men and women, generally outside of marriage or before marriage, were the precursors to today's dating.