Last week, we asked our readers for their stories about taking big risks. When presented with this challenge, when given the task of recounting moments of conquered fear, 99% of the responses were about asking girls out on a date. Don't get me wrong, I understand ("what if they laugh at me" has broken more psyches than any Eldritch nightmare) but it doesn't change the fact that the most daunting moment of our lives ended in dinner and a movie.
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Back in the day, my friends and I were obsessed with Tony Hawk Pro Skater for the N64. Despite my amazing skills at high-scoring combos and hidden tape discovery, I am massively uncoordinated when it comes to anything with wheels, especially skateboards. Fast forward to my freshman year of college. There's a cute girl in my area that I have a huge crush on, and I can tell that she likes me back. She just so happens to confide in me one day that she thinks guys on skateboards are hot. So, instead of doing the logical thing and inviting her to my place for dinner, I ask my best friend, an avid skater, to teach me how to skate.
Two weeks later, a few of us (Cute Girl included) are all skating together when we come by a massive hill on our campus. Despite having made zero progress on my skating abilities, I look at Cute Girl and immediately flash back to playing Tony Hawk, and think, "What would TH do? How easy would it be to take this hill and impress the hell out of her?" So I attempted the hill.
Long story short, I ended up with a mass of cuts, bruises, and my collarbone broken into three pieces. It took two surgeries, three years, and a small metal refinery of surgical plates and screws to fix. Cute Girl stayed with me in the hospital. I asked her out under the influence of morphine, and she said yes.
Three months later, we broke up.
Damn you, Tony Hawk.
During my last semester of college I had a huge crush on this girl I met through a mutual friend. We hung out a few times and I struggled to act cool around her but didn't really get anywhere. Then one night I decided to take a leap of faith and reveal my nerd side. She asked me to tell her something about me no one really knew and I said that I play MMORPG games and that i'm kind of a big geek, but didn't talk about it with anyone. As it turns out, she had been a closet gamer since middle school when she used to play Runescape on a dial-up connection. We launched into conversation about a ton of different games that lasted till we both fell asleep. After that night, we developed a lot of inside jokes and connected so well that I asked her out. There's nothing like a girlfriend who can own you in Age of Empires 2, go questing with a maxed out toon online, or be your co-op in Portal 2, so don't be afraid to mention it!