Despite all these stellar reasons I gave you about why dating in your 20s is the best, but you still hate not being in a serious relationship, I recommend getting a dog. Because if you are a terrible codependent like myself, a dog will do wonders for you. TBH I thought I turned into a strong independent woman since one day I just no longer missed my exes. Like I used to have wine for dinner and call them- yeah don’t be that girl, but I can say that because that’s who I was, not who I am. Which is always the perfect end to the perfect night. Before writing this article I Googled reasons why dating in your early 20s is the best because I assumed others felt the same as I do.

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Even though teenagers tend to have a busy love life these days, it is definitely not the same as adult dating, and their relationships are never that deep. After doing a lot of stupid shit and watching my friends do a lot of stupid shit, I have learned a great deal about love and dating. Here are 12 things I wish I knew about relationships in my early and mid 20s. In a relationship, the woman will always integrate into the man’s life more easily than he does into hers. I have never seen it happen the other way round.

Call your family members or invite them over so you guys can hang out. You don’t need a relationship to feel fulfilled—you probably have tons of people in your life who love you already. Loving yourself and being happy single are important. You should be living for yourself, making choices that make you happy.

There are too many unspoken rules: You have to be “chill” even when you don’t feel chill *

Treat people with respect, be upfront/honest, and do your best to make sure both parties are always having a good time. And no, I’m not talking about that hobby of devouring medium pizzas in your basement while playing the latest Call of Duty. The reality is, there isn’t a cookie-cutter solution or magic trick to solve this. In other words, this decade of your life can be a bit of ashitshow.

On the date he asked if I had ever dated someone so much older. I said no, and reversed the question on him. He said since getting divorced 10+ years ago, he has only dated girls in their young 20s and I’m actually the oldest one he’s gone on a date with. I was closer in age to his kids than to him. After that, I never saw him again and stopped talking to him. Career coach and former Googler Jenny Blake, author of the book “Pivot,” says making a career change doesn’t have to be terrifying.

Dating is hard at any age, but entering a new decade introduces a whole new set of nuances. If you thought you finally nailed the dating game in your 20s, it might feel frustrating and overwhelming once you hit 30. The truth is dating in your 30s is very different from dating in your 20s. But while there may be some negatives, there are tons of positives. That’s why you’ve got to check out today’s sponsor, Tiege Hanley.

They will have their best intentions when giving advice, but it may not always be right for your situation. Realize that everyone speaks from their personal experience and yours will be unique. Some people will be good for you, some will not. You will learn a lot from some relationships and others will show you what you won’t tolerate in your next. Either way, pull out the lesson and allow yourself to release what isn’t meant to last. A soulmate could be your best friend, it could be the person you form an instant bond with, or it could be your significant other.

Tip #5: Don’t Compromise. Period.

Stay optimistic and remain open to love in all its forms. Don’t rush into a relationship in search of a love that can’t fulfill you. The opportunity to feel and be loved is everywhere around you.

Put aside the awe and embrace him for who he is – your partner. In case you’re dating a man 15 years older or more, you have to be mindful of the fact that his reluctance to get things going between the sheets may be more than just about reduced libido. Achy joints, back pain, prostate issues, poor digestion – these are all common in older men. It is no secret that the libido takes a hit with age.

Whether you’re a serial dater, a swipe master, or someone who’ll occasionally give “the dating thing” a shot, dating in your mid-20s will always be an interesting ride. Your potential baes/FWBs are more mature than your candidates in high school or freshman year of college (fingers crossed!). You probably have a bit more in the budget for some fun first-date ideas. You’ve got more autonomy and mostly answer to yourself. And yet, there’s still that frustrating-but-magical human element to dating that will both delight you and keep on your toes.

Doing so will give you a better insight into the ‘dating older men’ psychology and help you understand your partner’s actions better, as you’ll see where he is coming from on certain issues. As people in different age brackets – possibly even from different generations – your ideas of fun and relaxation can be opposite to each other’s. He may want to spend a Saturday evening at home, reading and sipping on his scotch. Don’t be too quick to mark this difference as one of the red flags when dating an older man.

If you have your heart set on someone, don’t hold yourself back. When you do decide to give in, these tips for dating an older man will hold you in good stead. While these celebrities have the social status and support to pursue such unconventional partnerships, it may not be the same for an average couple. As a generation who grew up rooting for Monica and Richard in Friends, dating an older guy is certainly not taboo for us. But before you go ahead and romanticize these famous couples, you should take a glance at the real-life struggles of sustaining such a relationship in the long run.


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