Dates don't have to be awkward or just a means to an end. Instead re-think your idea of a date as simply an experience with another person, and hopefully one you can have some fun at and learn a thing or two from.
Make dating fun again! After all, a date is simply something you chose to do that night as opposed to something else. Take the pressure off and enjoy the company around you in the moment. Maybe something will come from it and maybe it won't, but with this mindset you won't leave disheartened.