As a woman slightly over the age of 30, I have a few years of dating experience under my belt. I’ve dated all kinds of men, from the least to the most desirable. I’ve had good dates and others I wish I could forget. I’ve been a good date and, shamefully, been a bad one. Committed relationships have blossomed from some situations and friendship from others. Some dates even ended up being an enemy. Despite my wide array of experiences, there are some things I wish I’d known before I started dating in my teens. And while the experiences I had at age 17 are different from the ones I had in my 20s, as they should be, there are still some things that transcend age. Here are a few dating lessons I wish I would have known about a long time ago.