10 Dating Rules to Follow! 20 Dos and Don’ts When Dating! How to Find (and Keep) Your Dream Guy! As single women we are constantly bombarded with tips and advice on how to find a significant other. Whether we’re standing in line at the supermarket or scrolling through websites we frequent, or perhaps even seeking it out on our own, “experts” tell us what to wear, what hobbies to take up, when to call back, how to respond to a text, what to say, what not to say, and a million other tidbits. And when you’re in a relationship, it’s the same ordeal except now the advice and opinions are catered to how to get him to stay, 100 Hottest Cosmo Sex Tips!, how to keep the spark alive, how to get him to propose, etc.
This guide isn’t about rules and etiquette to follow when you’re dating. It’s about being unapologetically you. Because you, exactly as you are, are what makes you, you. And you deserve to be with a man who loves you exactly as you are. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Trying to be someone you’re not, acting a way you don’t want, trying to follow “rules” written by someone who knows nothing about who you are will only exhaust and deplete you. You can pretend to be whoever you want to be but ultimately, you can fool others and yourself for so long before you grow tired of the charade and just want to be you.
As Joey Mcintyre taught me in seventh grade, don't you ever wish you were someone else. You were meant to be the way you are exactly. Stay the same. That’s not to say that you should expect a guy, or anyone for that matter, accept shitty behavior on your part. Be polite, be kind to animals, recycle, say please and thank you, call your parents and tell them you love them, give back, pay it forward — be a decent human being. But don’t lose that sparkle that sets you apart from the rest of the world. Be weird, be different, be you. Honestly, openly, unapologetically. The rest will fall into place.