So, I’ve been on the dating scene for a few years now, and I finally feel like I’m in a pretty good place to start something new. I’ve recently spent some time thinking about mistakes I’ve made in the past in my relationships. I’ve come up with a list of some of the things I’ve done to help kill them.
- Stayed in a Relationship too long : You were together, you broke up, made up, talked about breaking up again, made up, broke up, got back together…Once a relationship is over, it’s time to get out. It is not time to be dishonest with yourself or stay with someone because it is comfortable and easy. Staying with a long-term bf/gf just keeps you tied up from meeting someone else. Not to mention the emotional damage you are causing the other person who thinks everything is fine. The longer you stay with someone and the situation is going nowhere the longer you’re keeping yourself and your significant other from being happy.
- Forced my Values on someone who didn’t agree: For me, this was a complete rookie mistake. I was young, naive, and morally strict. While I’ll never say that I was wrong for the way I lived, I was terribly wrong for trying to mold my “bad boy” boyfriend into the same ideals. It may be cliche’, but a relationship is going nowhere fast if you don’t accept someone for who they are; or if you don’t look for the right people to begin with.
- Only cared about finding “The One”: While this does not sound like a bad idea; in practice, it kept me out of having, God forbid it, fun. I can thank Joshua Harris, (He wrote the famous I kissed Dating Goodbye, that every church forced on their teens), for helping me create this list in my head of things I thought the guy I would one day marry should have. I could go on one date and know that the guy would never make it in my book. Of course I am not suggesting that some things shouldn’t be deal breakers, but I am suggesting to give it time. Go out, get to know people, laugh, hug, kiss, and go home and be happy you did it. If you decide the person isn’t right break it off, but to bombard a first date with an arsenal of deep questions might potentially scare them off, or put an end to a possible friendship.
- Thought we were meant to be because we loved the same music, tv shows, books, and movies: I am a geek. Not only do I love to read, but I love to read fantasy and classics. I watch the kind of movies where people wear a lot a leather, have an unhealthy amount of weaponry, and drive fast cars (thank goodness for Jason Statham). I’m also a fan of good ole grunge rock. When I found a guy who was into this stuff too I loved it because we could talk for hours about meaning in LOTR novels and I didn’t feel like I had to apologize for it. However, at some point I had to realize that being able to jam to Tool together had no bearing on our ability to be a good couple. Sure, we never had to argue on what movie to watch at the theatre, but that shouldn’t be a determiner in a relationship. Who wants an exact copy of themself? Furthermore, I think it’s more important to make sure you have the same core values and then let the other stuff fill in.
- Spoke too Soon: This is easily my most repeated mistake. I am an open person. Not only am I open, but I hate meaningless conversations about nothing. If I am spending my time talking to someone I want to get to know them, I want to talk about passions, problems, and personal stories. But sometimes, I let this go too far too soon. A new guy does not need to know every gory detail about your crappy relationship with your last boyfriend, your parents, or your roommates. It’s important to get to know someone, but you are certainly giving off the wrong impression by overwhelming a potential “more than friend” with all your problems. And though this is not one of my mistakes, I’ll throw in saying the “L” word too soon to this category. Patience, have patience. I am trying to learn to enjoy the early stages of a relationship of long phone calls and dates where I stress about what to wear. I can look forward to the serious stuff later.