Dating Advice We Wish We Could Give Our Younger Selves

August 4, 2014  |  
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If we had a dollar for every dating mistake we’ve made, we could afford a time machine to go back and do things differently. But until we have the technology to turn back time, we’ll remember all the dating advice we wish we could give your younger selves — because we could still use some of it now.

There’s Only One Reason He’s Not Calling You Back

And that reason is, he’s not that into you. No one is that busy or forgetful. If he likes you, he’ll call. If he doesn’t, thank him for an early sign that you should move on.

How A Man Meets You Is How He’ll Treat You

If you met him wearing your freakum dress, you can’t be surprised if all he wants to do is freak.

Trust Your Instincts

You can waste a lot of time trying to prove what you know is true. Worst case scenario he’s up to something shady. Best case scenario, you’re dating a man that you can’t trust.

He’s Probably Not Going to Change

If there’s something about a man that you can’t stand, he’s not the man for you.

Ignore What He Says

Pay attention to what he does instead. You’ll stop making excuses for his bad behavior and wise up a lot faster.

Don’t Assume Anything

Always ask. Make sure you know things like whether or not you’re exclusive and that you’re both looking for the same thing. Don’t wait until you fall in love to find out the truth.

Breakup Before It Gets Bad

No one likes to hurt someone they still have feelings for. But if you let it go on too long after the feelings are gone, things can get ugly in a hurry.

Don’t Neglect Your Friends

Not every relationship lasts forever, but a good friendship could. Don’t let your infatuation make you ignore your friends. You’ll need them when your love high comes down.

Be Friends First

Sex can make things complicated before you get a chance to know if you really like his personality or whether he’s hiding any flaws. And any man not willing to take it slow is only interested in one thing.

Dating Gets Easier

Breakups are terrible, but they will teach you exactly what you want in a relationship. Soon you’ll be able to tell if a man has what you want just by looking at him.

Get Rid of Your Checklist

You’re too young to know what you want or what is good for you. All of those exclusions could be pushing you further away from the one.

Boring Isn’t Bad

Young me can’t hear this at all, but it’s still good advice for when you’re looking to settle down.

You Will Meet Someone Else

The end of any relationship opens up the opportunity for a new one. And that means not staying in a relationship out of fear that you’ll never find another one.

Be True To Yourself

It’s easy to loose yourself in his life — and just as easy to loose sight of who you are. Love is wonderful, but balance your life with friends and family to keep growing and stay grounded.

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