7 Reasons Closing Yourself Off From Dating Is The Wrong Move

7 Reasons Closing Yourself Off From Dating Is The Wrong Move

Dating can be hard sometimes, but there are some advantages to it.
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Look, I get that sometimes dipping into the dating world can be extremely nerve-racking and challenging, but sometimes it can be worth it.

I personally have closed myself off to the idea of dating many times, but here are some reasons why you shouldn't completely cut yourself off.

1. It can lead to more

I know in college most of us aren't looking for our future husband or wife just yet, but dating can always lead to more if you open your heart up to the idea of it.

2. Dating can sometimes be fun

Contrary to popular beliefs, going on dates can sometimes be worth it.

Think about it, you're meeting different people and just having a casual conversation.

Sometimes the dates can be terrible but at least you'll get a great story out of it.

3. Figure out what you like

You don't really know what type of man or women you like until you've dated around. Dating has taught me that I definitely don't want a gamer, partier or a man with no direction in life.

4. Social Skills

OK, we all know people that need to date to develop their social skills.

Dating is a great way to do that because it allows for you to work on those skills and figure out what is and isn't acceptable to talk about on dates. For example, you probably shouldn't be bringing up ex-relationships on your first date with a future mate.

5. Learn to flirt

Listen, I'm not a girl who's good at flirting but dating has allowed for me to learn how to be better at it.

I used to be the girl that would blush just when a semi-cute man would look my way, but now I can keep a flirty conversation going without getting red like a tomato... sometimes.

6. New Adventures

Sometimes when you decide to go on a date with someone they might surprise you and take you to a cool place, like a museum you've never been to or a fun park.

You should always be open to exploring on dates because you can really get to know a person when they show you their favorite adventures.

7. Isn't the one? That's ok

Maybe this person isn't the one but he or she is part of the journey to the one and those people count too. Before finding the person who you're meant to be with, you will encounter many other people first but they're also part of that journey and shouldn't be forgotten either.

I personally have shut down dating entirely lately, but thanks to some pretty amazing friends, I've realized that dating is important. Yeah you're going to stumble upon some pretty awful people while dating but one day it'll all work out, you just have to open your heart and know these things take time.

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11 Things The Man You Love Should Do For You, No Questions Asked

Sometimes it's just the simple things in life that mean a lot.

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Every girl feels special when the guy she's dating does simple things for her that not everyone thinks about. Here's a list of 10 things that every girl genuinely appreciates.

1. Open/Hold the door

I feel like this one is really simple because everyone has to walk through doors. Chivalry isn't dead, let him open the door for you. He's not trying to prove that you can't do it for yourself, but he's trying to be polite and show you that he cares for you.

2. Give you really big hugs

Everyone has bad days, and sometimes you just need a really big hug. Whether it be a bear hug or the hug where he picks you up and spins you around, it will make you feel better in the long run.

3. Buy you really small gifts

One of the best things my boyfriend has ever done for me is simply bringing me a Dr. Pepper when he knows I'm tired from a long hard day full of exams or work. Sonic slushes will also make my day in a heartbeat.

4. Text/Call you just to tell you he loves you

This is pretty simple. It takes less than 10 seconds to text, and only a few minutes to call. Sometimes you get these texts right at the perfect moment, and it makes you feel so much better.

5. Come see you when you're sick

Everyone hates being sick. But seeing your friends and family while you're sick can make you feel so much better. Having your boyfriend come to see you and possibly even take care of you just makes being sick that much easier.

6. Respect your decisions

You're not married yet, so your decisions are up to you! He should respect the decisions you make and support you, even if it's not what he thinks is the best decision. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else!

7. Give you a shoulder to cry on

We all have bad days, and sometimes you just can't stop the tears from coming. Even if he's not good with crying, he should give you hugs and love to help you get through it.

8. Compliment you

Even if you look horrible and know so, hopefully, he'll still tell you that you look good. Even if the clothes you're wearing aren't his style, he should still tell you that they look good on you and that you are beautiful each and every day.

9. Call you when you're away or he's away

If you're like me, I miss my boyfriend after being away for about three hours, so when we're apart for more than a couple days, I love getting random calls from him when he knows I'm not busy. It's definitely better than a text.

10. Deal with all your annoying quirks

So if you're anything like me, you enjoy screaming music as loudly and horribly as you can in the car and making a complete fool of yourself, but he should love you for that anyway. I also love to take really stupid pictures, and he should put up with that too. He shouldn't be annoyed by your quirks, he should love them and laugh along with you.

11. Love you no matter what

I honestly feel like this goes without saying, but I put it on here so that the girls who don't feel like they're being loved no matter what can realize. He should want to work out problems with you instead of calling it quits and holding a grudge. He should want you to be happy and support you in every decision you make in life. When he loves you unconditionally, he will do all of the above things and more.

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If You View Being In A Relationship As 'Losing Your Freedom,' You’re In The Wrong Relationship

Someone had to say it.

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Relationships are about being the best possible version of yourself separate and together. They're about growing with and doing life alongside your partner. They're fun, loving, and granted, they can sometimes be challenging.

Some challenges that frequently come up in relationships are disagreements (which are for sure gonna happen, because you're two individual people!), dealing with stress, and depending on where you're at in life, it could also be financial struggles. Of course, all relationships are going to have problems and everything won't always be “rainbows and butterflies" as Maroon 5 like to put it.

That being said though, one challenge that shouldn't ever be an issue in a relationship is the loss of freedom. Where did this idea come from?

I see it all the time, people talking about not wanting to get into a relationship because they don't want to "lose their freedom".

If you are in a relationship which causes you to lose your freedom, you are 100% in the wrong relationship.

Being in a relationship is not synonymous with not being able to be yourself or be able to do what you want. In a good relationship, you will be able to still have your alone time, be your own person, hang out with your friends, the list goes on and on. All of these things are so important. Relationships should never consume your life, they should complement it.

Why is this even a conversation we need to be having? Seriously.

Now obviously if you're referring to losing the option of getting with other people or dating around, then yes, you're right, you absolutely shouldn't get into a relationship... but that doesn't mean relationships mean losing your freedom.

If you are in a relationship with someone you love and respect, getting with other people isn't even going to be on your radar. It truly is that simple.

The trend of hating on relationships, for this reason, has gotten so out of hand in recent years, especially on social media. It's so frustrating, though, because it could not be any more inaccurate.

You should absolutely still have freedom in relationships. You can have it. I for one absolutely have it and do not view my relationship as the loss of freedom, at all. If you don't, maybe evaluate that relationship and realize it's not the best one to be in.

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