Seeing the person we find attractive for the first time
Expectation - you're cool, calm and collected. Seeing someone good-looking is no biggie to you...
Reality - Someone vaguely hot? Omg..omg..omg!!!
Your eyes meet
Expectation - We give them our best come hither look that says "Hey there, I'm sexy and fun yet approachable. Why not come and talk to me?"
Reality - yet somehow your face says "I'm a bit creepy, stay far far away"
We're feeling brave and throw in a wink and some eyebrow action
Expectation - it's drives them wild
Reality - it comes out looking more like a nervous tic
We eventually pluck up the courage to talk to our crush
Expectation - They find every aspect of our lives fascinating, they laugh at all our jokes and generally hang on our every word.
Reality - it goes down more like this..
Asking them out
Expectation - Our crush tell us they've been waiting for this moment since the day we first met
Reality - they tell us that they've got nothing better to do that weekend so why the hell not
First date nerves
Expectation - You feel some butterflies that only adds to the excitement
Reality - You need to be at least 2 meters radius from a toilet at any time
How we'll look on the first date
Expectation - Your first date outfit is bold, flirty and sexy...just like you
Reality - You probably should have had one last glance in the mirror on your way out
First date banter
Expectation - You charm the pants off your date
Reality - You overshare and worry you've scared them off
You hit the dance floor
Expectation - They're mesmerized by your moves
Reality - You slightly overdo the sexiness
Moving in for the first kiss
Expectation - nothing short of fireworks
Reality - awkwardness and lots of it
Arranging the next date
Expectation - you casually mention meeting up again, you feel you've done enough to secure second date but aren't too hung up on it if it doesn't happen
Reality - You're not above begging
So in conclusion, I think the lesson here is to stop looking to TV and movies as our barometer for romantic encounters. So yeah, we may have a few flirting fails but at the end of the day that's what makes us real. I'll take that over a corny encounter any day.