Should You Date Someone When You Know You Won’t End Up Together?

I think we all have met someone that we were into, but knew they weren’t THE ONE. Out of all us that have been there, there are two different types of people: those that back off and continue searching for the right one, and those that date them anyway. Is there a right choice to this situation? Probably the first one. However, your twenties are meant for living, so why not live and make a few mistakes right?

A good reason to not date someone you know you won’t end up with is because life is too short to be wasting with Mr. Wrong. However, we are young! It could be fun to date someone without all the pressure that comes along with planning a future.

It could be more difficult to end something after a while than if you just nip it in the bud right away. It’s easier to get used to having someone around than not, but dating is dating and it’s good practice. Relationships are a lot of work, and you can develop many things, communication skills, physical skills (if you know what I’m saying), and patience. That way you can be good and ready for Mr. Right!

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There are a lot of sucky things that come at the end of dating someone, especially one you never saw yourself ending up with in the first place. It’s wasting the other person’s time if they don’t know how you feel or you could end up hurting them. Or you could fall for them and end up getting yourself hurt. But you never know unless you try, you could end up having something great!

You can learn a lot from dating a frog before your prince. You will see the great things about them and know that that is what you want in a partner, or see the things that are awful and know to look for that as a red flag next time. You can only learn what you truly want and don’t want in someone by dating around and experiencing it firsthand.

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You also learn a lot about yourself from dating. Over the years, I’ve dated some jerks, along with some complete losers. I’ve gained a lot of respect for myself from these experiences. I’ve learned that I have standards for a reason and they shouldn’t be overlooked just because a guy is cute or nice. And I’ve also learned that there are ways to be treated, and if I’m being mistreated I shouldn’t stand for that.

Dating is probably the most complicated concept known to man. Almost everything has its gray areas. I guess my conclusion is that you should enjoy it for what it’s worth! If you’re not into dating people you’re not going to marry, that’s okay. And if you do, c’est la vie.

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Kylie Johnson

Kylie is a 23 year old wedding coordinator who lives in Arizona. In her free time, she likes to work out, volunteer at an animal shelter, read, and watch Netflix. She can't go a day without quoting Mean Girls. You can follow her @kylijoh_

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