Let’s be real for a second… Dating can be intimidating. It’s all about putting yourself out there, taking risks, and hoping that it pays off. It doesn’t always go the way we plan, but occasionally, a big risk can have a big pay off. We asked people to share their stories of times when they shot their shot and scored. Their responses just might inspire you to try shooting your shot.
1. DID IT FOR A DARE
“I got dared to download mutual and have friends swipe for me and we passed around people’s phones and I ended up meeting my husband through that game and I am grateful Even though it was crazy”
2. NOT MY USUAL TYPE
“It was actually saying yes to my current boyfriend. He was not what I had expected nor what I thought my mom would want me to go for. He has long shaggy hair and a long beard that doesn’t match his hair color. We had talked on and off since he moved here from California. But every time I got the app I matched with him. Finally I said yes to meeting him. But then got covid. He was willing to wait until I was past quarantine. He took me to ice cream before I worked that night and just let me talk his ear off. After that we went to see the new scream movie. But he let me take my time in getting to know him before we started dating.”
3. BOSS MOVE
4. LOVE AFTER HEARTBREAK
“Dating was never easy for me. I was always insecure about myself worrying that no one would ever love me and on top of that I was a bit guarded. I had an ex boyfriend that hurt me in a multitude of ways. I went on so many dates from mutual, some bad and some not too bad. Then one day I met and started messaging a guy. He asked me on a date and it made me really nervous. I was just so tired of bad dates. But I took a risk and I said yes to one date. We got along so well. And then I said yes to a second, a third, a fourth, and so on. And now he is the love of my life and I’m so happy I let him in and gave him a chance❤️”
5. NO MOUNTAIN HIGH, NO VALLEY LOW
6. PERSONAL FOUL
“I have a story about a time when I risked it all and it definitely did NOT pay off lol. I had been kinda back and forth with this guy for a while, and I wanted to let him know that I was ready to be more than friends. We worked at the same place but he always got off a little bit earlier than I did. I watched him leave and had the sudden urge to just run up and kiss him. (We had been flirty and cuddled before but had never kissed.) So I followed him out to the parking lot, called his name, ran up to him, put my arms around his neck, and planted a kiss right on his mouth. Except that it wasn’t right on his mouth because he turned away from me, (as any normal human would when being surprise-attack kissed by someone) so I got a face full of prickly beard instead. I stepped back and apologized, immediately embarrassed. He stood there, stunned, and then decided to use that time to tell me that he was actually not really interested and that we would never be more than just friends. Needless to say, I was upset. Not only was I so embarrassed that I had done something so outrageous and completely unlike me, but I had to continue working with him for MONTHS. Smh. It was SO awkward. BUT it ended up being a good thing. As devastated as I was, looking back, it never would have worked out between us. Shortly after this I met my husband, so I guess I scored after all!”
7. THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM
“A work friend wanted to set me up on a blind date for the third time. Each time it was awful and I hate blind dates. I have a hard time saying no, so begrudgingly I agreed. It was going to be a group date and I figured I would just make it fun for myself and was surprised when I really hit it off with him. Afterward I decided to risk it and asked him out on a second date. We’ve been dating ever since and I’m so grateful that I didn’t rain check that blind date!”
9. DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING
Have you ever shot your shot and scored? Share your story in the comments!
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