42. You’re going to have a lot of awkward small talk and it’ll take a couple dates before the periods of silence seem natural.
43. Give them space, being needy can be a huge turnoff.
44. If whoever your’e seeing discloses to you that they have a mental illness (depression, bipolar, borderline, anxiety) don’t make it your personal mission to help them get through it. You can’t fix it, only they can. Additionally, don’t allow them to project frustrations stemming from their mental illness onto you, or allow them to try to make you a part of fixing it. The degree to which these kind of relationship dynamics is romanticized in our culture is so toxic.