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Most people think of “the one who got away” as someone you had a passionate, intense fling with. But, as you get a bit older, you probably have several ones who got away. You never even kissed let alone slept with half of them, but when you look back, you can see now that you wrote them off for some pretty dumb reasons and you can recognize, in retrospect, that they had qualities you are seeking high and low for in a man today. But our priorities are a bit messed up in our 20s (and even still in the early 30s for some). We don’t quite yet realize how tough life can be, how long life can be (if we’re lucky), and how deceiving appearances can be. So here they are: things you value less in a partner, as you get older (and what replaces them).



A college education

Man, you used to be one judgmental little snob, huh? Remember the days when guys who didn’t go to college seemed like they were from a different planet? If you dated one (brief as that may be) you felt like his lack of a college education was a huge dunce hat on his head everyone could see. You’d whisper it to your friends, “He’s nice but he didn’t go to college.”




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