10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Love In My 20s

Thought Catalog

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WARNING: This is a very Debbie Downer list, but if it speaks to even one person and it helps them adjust their expectations even the tiniest bit, I will be ecstatic.

1. Love is not a fairy tale.

Romance novels, chick flicks, rom-coms, and fairy tales exist not because their stories are within the realm of possibility. They exist because we WISH they would happen and we WISH that life was that simple. I was terribly naïve when I was younger; I believed that those stories existed because they were the gold standard of relationships and that if I had any self-respect I would hold out for my knight in shining armor.

2. Your lover is not a mind-reader.

Your significant other cannot read your mind and may be unable to pick up the thread of what you are hinting at, even if YOU…

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