When you think of date night, what do you think of? Does it conjure images of candlelit tables, dinner, laughter and copious amounts of wine or a movie on the sofa with popcorn and cuddles…
It means different things to different people, the list is endless. In a breakneck speed world of to-do lists, office stresses, appointments and kids play dates, the need for undisturbed time with loved ones is ever growing. So much so a new industry has been borne with sites dedicated to arranging the perfect date night.
For me it’s about spending time with my significant other. Time to completely switch off from the crazy busy week, from the worries, from the forthcoming to-do list (or the things you haven’t yet crossed off it!) and you know, just enjoy the moment. Real catch-up time. It should be calm, relaxing, happy and almost like a relationship recharge so the week ahead is full of love, support and energy. We are all consumed by the office tasks or the jobs which need attention at home, we all have additional worries and stress in our lives which can put strain on our minds and give us a heavy heart, or it could be just trying to fit a gym class in, whatever it is, it’s a juggling act. Our working weeks and routines drive our time so I love date night for reconnecting and stabilising.
I had my date night last week. It was b-e-a-u-tiful. It was kind of a surprise, I ruined the surprise that very morning but none the less, the little touches throughout the evening were special. I literally cannot remember the last time I was desperate to just open my apartment door knowing I was home, was presented with flowers (actually don’t think that has ever happened before) and be soothed with the waft of an awesome de-lish home cooked meal about to come my way! The red wine was breathing nicely in its carafe and it took all of my might when I walked through the door, not to have burst in and put my face in the pan. Ok, I would have had third degree burns but god it smelt good.
You see, the thing about date night is that whether you have been dating or married 2 days, 2 months or 2 years it’s a ritual that we should all observe. I have even have date night with myself and why not, it’s all about taking time out with your significant other. And sometimes that significant person has to be yourself. Everyone needs time to recalibrate and it’s a great opportunity to really rest, switch off, praise yourself for the week’s achievements and your goals for the coming week. I know not everyone does that but I have been encouraged since a nipper to always follow my dreams, always set myself goals and always strive to achieve them.
I am still drooling over my home cooked meal, the best thing about it apart from how good it tasted, was that it was made with love. I don’t think I have ever whipped up a meal with three types of onions either!
When was the last time you had a date night?
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