Listen To My Heart: 15 Things I Learned About Love In 2012

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December 22, 2012 ‐ By Julia Austin
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Some lessons don’t come to you immediately—some come to you as a memory or a sudden understanding of an event from your past. Often, as you progress toward better relationships, things become clear to you about a relationship that took place five years ago! So, while not all of these things happened to me firsthand this year (I don’t get around the block that much!), some event or person came into my life in 2012 that shed light on events from my past, and finally showed me the lesson from experiences which until recently were just meaningless pain. Maybe as you go into the new year, you too can turn some of your painful memories into helpful lessons.

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  • Jud Jud

    I don’t agree with # 15

  • Jud Jud

    I don’t agree with # 15

  • bluekissess

    Saw I had to click through The List. Backs away slowly. Don’t care how “good” the list is I refuse. Anti- list clicker

  • reese

    This was great! I feel like a lot of women, inculding myself, can learn a lot from this list. Thanks!

  • mac

    Very well done. Kudos

  • curlyk

    awesome. I definitely learned a lot of this within the past year. Especially that last point about pain. That is one thing I told myself I would do. Take the pain in order to heal. After the breakup I didnt wanna jump right back into dating although everyone was telling me to. I didn’t wanna be a hoe and I didnt wanna put on a front like everything was okay. My heart was shattered. I took those nights [and days] and cried. I wrote in my journal … And cried some more lol. I took to my tumblr page to let out emotions. After doing all of that, it finally allowed me to get over it and move on. Only until I allowed the pain to come and deal with it, was when I could realize that no we’re not getting back together but that just means there’s someone who is just for me. Im thankful for my last relationship because it taught me every single lesson in this article. I was the queen of lifetime movies and romances and dating/relationship articles. But nothing compares to experiencing love and heartbreak in order to learn and grow from it

  • sabrina

    Dear Julia,

    I have thrown shade at you in the past for always making these 15-page slideshows, and I do apologize for that. This was actually an enjoyable read, and I appreciated it a lot. Thanks, girl.

    Best,
    Sabrina

    • http://twitter.com/bagaybon Bagay Bon

      I still hate going through all these pages…

      • hollyw

        I concur; even if the points are good ones, most of them are similar enough to be converged w/ another. I’m still advocating for reader-friendly articles, thaaanks! ;-)

      • mac

        Simple solution: don’t. *gasp*