I Thought My Expectations For Love Were Too High, But I Was Wrong

I’m the first to admit that I’m a hopeless romantic — I have been since I was a child. When I grew up and discovered how crappy dating can really be, it put a damper on my romanticism and I thought maybe I needed to lower my expectations. Fortunately, now that I’ve found love, I can gratefully report that I was wrong: true love is magical and it really does exist.

1. SOME GUYS ACTUALLY WANT A RELATIONSHIP, NOT A HOOK-UP.I was certain that the world had indeed gone mad when every guy I met was only looking for another notch on his bedpost. It was really discouraging, and it made me stop looking for love. I’m so glad to discover finally that not all guys are players; some of them actually do want real relationships. There’s a word for that kind of guy: keeper.

2. TRUE LOVE REALLY DOES ACCEPT IMPERFECTION.For me and anyone else who’s been in a toxic relationship, it’s hard to imagine being in a relationship that’s accepting of our flaws. I was used to having my shortcomings thrown in my face on a regular basis; I didn’t know it was possible for anyone to love me despite my imperfections, but it happened anyway and I’m so glad.

3. THERE ARE BUTTERFLIES, BUT IT’S WAY MORE THAN THAT.When I fell in love, the butterflies were real but the feelings went so much deeper than that. It felt like my soul had finally found the peace it’d been searching for all those years. It’s calm and miraculous all at once; it just feels right.

4. I UNDERSTAND NOW WHY COUPLES ACT THE WAY WE DO.I never understood couples who couldn’t keep their hands off each other or stop saying cutesy things. Even though I’d been in a relationship before, it was never like that. It turns out that there’s a reason: it wasn’t the right relationship. Now I’m one half of a cutesy couple and I’m not ashamed to admit that I love the kissing, cuddling, hand holding and everything in between.

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