7 Things you should know before you start dating

Illustration (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Illustration (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Before you jump on the dating bandwagon here are some things you absolutely need to know before you even consider getting into a relationship with him.

Dating can be complicated, especially if it’s the first time you get butterflies in your tummy every time you think about that cute guy.

But before you jump on the dating bandwagon here are some things you absolutely need to know before you even consider getting into a relationship with him.

Stay true to yourself

When you have a crush on someone, your mind tends to go a little crazy sometimes and it’s okay because it really is an exciting time in your life. Just remember not to lose yourself in the process – have your own life.

Don’t be that girl

You don’t need to text him 24/7 and be in contact all the time. Trust is one of the most important elements of a relationship. Independence is attractive.

Everything isn’t always exciting and romantic

Don’t expect for everything to be as amazing and exciting throughout the relationship as it was in the beginning. But keep in mind that happiness is in the little things and not just about white horses, big castles and bouquets of flowers.

There will be a lot of boring days and that’s okay – when you’re with the right person it will be absolutely worth it.

Don’t feel pressured

When it comes to love always remember there’s no timeline. There are no rules about when you two should start holding hands, kiss or even say “I love you”.

So don't focus on what you should be doing according to society or your friends. You should be focusing on what feels right for you, now, at this moment.

Always be good to each other

Fighting shouldn’t involve being mean. Learn to fight nicely; sure you guys will disagree on certain things, but every disagreement doesn’t need to turn into a screaming match. Arguments solve nothing and you can’t take back your words.

The main key here is communication – work at it.

Be treated properly

You deserve to be treated with respect and kindness all the time. Don't let anybody make you feel inferior to them.

They really aren’t worth your time and love.

Sometimes it’s not meant to be

Just because you want to be with someone doesn’t always make them the right one for you.

It's really hard to admit it, but sometimes it doesn't matter how intense your feelings are – some relationships just don't work out, for whatever reason. If things aren't working or they're too hard, you need to accept that and move on.

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