From Duds To Fireworks: How Bad Dates Can Lead You To Your Knight

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From Duds To Fireworks: How Bad Dates Can Lead You To Your Knight
Here's how to turn your dating lemons into a tasty cocktail of wisdom.

By Lindsley Lowell

Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean single women can breathe a sigh of relief. Talk of spring romance is just around the corner, and many single women are still not feeling the love. For them, Valentine’s Day was more like Valencrime’s Day. It’s hard for women, especially those over 35, to believe that there’s true love out there for them. When friends and family tell you that you’re too picky, thereby implying that you should settle, remember to close your ears. Instead, listen to what your heart is telling you. The fact is, your close ones don’t have to live with the guy … you do.

Love is an easy concept in theory, but when you have been on many a horrific date and feel like the only men you are meeting are dingalings, the thought of a knight in shining armor in your future remains looking like a fairy tale. Most of the guys out there are far from Princely and are not nearly so charming.

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But if you give up on love, that’s a sad, sad day. I, personally, feel like it took me 753 years to find my knight, but in the end, it was worth it. I suffered through some heartbreak and plenty of gruesome dates, but I also had some good experiences as well. Had I stayed with one of my ex-boyfriends, I would surely be divorced or unhappy right now. You have to put yourself out there! You have to meet true love halfway.

Even though dating can be frustrating, you can learn a lot from your dates … even the bad ones. Here’s what I learned:

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