It’s not your actual first date, but it feels like it since you have been off the market for so long. You are out of practice. Awkward silences fill the room. The conversation is stilted. The person across the table is not what you expected, and you may wonder if you made a mistake agreeing to go out. Fear not. First date anxiety is common, and this experience rarely results in a love connection. That said, it's good to jump back into the dating pool when you are ready, and it's OK for that first effort not to be the best time of your life. At the very least, date No. 1 will help prepare you for dates 2, 3 and more.