What could be more terrifying than rocking up to a Zumba class for the first time, going on holiday alone or attending a job interview? It's dating, or, more specifically, making the first move on someone you fancy.
That's according to a brand new list of heroic feats for our modern times, as nominated by a sample of the Great British public surveyed by Highland Spring. Putting yourself on the line in the love stakes is only marginally less terrifying that dishing the dirt on your boss, giving a presentation at work, going on holiday alone, or sticking up for either yourself or someone you care for.
Further down the list in 15th place we have "Dating after a divorce or bad break"—considered not quite as scary as changing careers or going out for dinner at a restaurant on your tod, but requiring way more courage than asking for a pay rise (in 16th place) or attending a job interview. Tellingly, getting back in the dating game is even considered scarier than breaking up with someone, which sits at number 21 in the 'Top 50 signs of modern bravery'.
Way down the list in position 41—so not quite as terrifying as it could be, but still pretty gut-wrenching—is the concept of becoming more than just friends with a new partner.
We're glad that dating and all that goes with it is being recognised for what it is—an act of modern heroism. Whether you've been badly hurt, or are just out of practice, taking the plunge and going for it does take guts. The good news is, that even if your first, second or even third dating encounter doesn't work out, by forging ahead, you're setting yourself on the path to the life you want—one you can share with an equal partner who loves you for you.
The same can't be said for jumping out of an aeroplane now, can it?
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