Have you ever made the first move and kissed a guy (or girl)? It’s terrifying! Here, 10 brave guys reveal what goes through their minds when they’re about to kiss their crush for the first time…

“I try to suppress my goofy side. What’s going through my head? Look normal. Relax. Think: lead in a black-and-white film!” — Andrew, 29

“A big eye-opener is where she sits down relative to me when we’re alone. If I sit on my bed and she sits on a chair, that’s a total buzz kill and I probably won’t be able to build up the courage to kiss her. If I sit on the bed and she sits far away on the bed, things are still open for discussion. But if I sit on the bed and she sits close to me on the bed, it’s on!” — Mike, 25

“If I’m going to kiss her, I count to ten, or I’ll pretend my whole family’s going to die if I don’t, and then I do.” — Andrew, 33

“I had had a crush on her for years, and finally asked her out for sushi. I ate the whole thing of wasabi to try to impress her, and she just got really concerned. Then we went to see The Cooler at a movie theater. The weather was really cold, and I wanted to put my arm around her but got nervous. Back at her parents’ house, she showed me the difference between the way you move your shoulders to flip in a dive or during gymnastics, and it was insanely cool. The lighting was great, and I went into kiss her her. (This point is really scary.) The first peck went well. So I backed away and looked into her eyes, and then we kissed again. It took!” Nick, 29

“When my girlfriend and I first kissed, our teeth clanged. We were smiling too much and went at it teeth-first!” — Dave, 22

“I don’t drink, and kissing a girl when you’re stone-cold sober is REALLY nerve-wracking. I can recount a dozen situations where I nervously talked to a girl for several hours before building up the courage to actually kiss her. I guess my logic, if there was any, was that if this girl was willing to go on a date with me, come up to my room, sit next to me, and hang out while I ran my mouth until 2AM, then she DEFINITELY liked me, and, finally, it was safe to kiss her.” — Kerry, 25

“On a typical first date, I’ll take her out to dinner. If I’m buzzed enough, I’ll plant one on her as soon as we walk out of the restaurant. Otherwise, I’ll chicken out and wait until she’s about to descend the subway steps. Ladies, if you are up for a kiss, please take a moment to make serious eye contact for multiple seconds at a time. You probably think you do this already, but I promise you don’t do it enough. We are really dense. Throw us a bone.” — Todd, 32

“Mary and I had been friends from the age of 3, and I had always had feelings for her. One night, as college friends, we went to dinner, and I told her, ‘I think there’s something here,’ to which she responded, ‘I think you need to think about that.’ I said, ‘Ok, I’ve thought about it for almost 20 years, but I can give it another week or two, I guess.’ She ended up staying with me that night, so I just went for it! I kissed her while we were about to fall asleep, and she was like a rock! Nothing! No response, no reaction, no reciprocation. So I thought, well, that was a great friendship that I just screwed up. Fast forward, a few weeks later we were on spring break together…yada yada yada…now we’re married.” — Austin, 29

“It was our third date, and I knew I wanted to kiss her the moment she walked into the restaurant wearing an amazing red dress. By the time we finished dessert, I was 99% sure she would kiss me back. It was a snowy Saturday night, and, as we wandered the East Village looking for the perfect place for a nightcap, I could barely manage my end of the conversation. I was too busy psyching myself up to swoop into a deserted doorway and plant one on her. But I couldn’t get up the nerve and we ended up sharing our first kiss later that night in the back of a loud bar while the rowdy guys next to us threw back tequila shots.” Ryan, 29

“I can’t even tell you what’s going on in my head–it’s too embarrassing–but here’s a rough idea: ‘AHHHH!'” — Tim, 22

How cute is that?! xoxo

(Top photo by Sandra; bottom photo credit unknown)