Dump the Dating Clichés
When you're looking for the girl of your dreams and you keep coming up empty, your buddies probably alternate between giving you a hard time and telling you to hang in there. Meanwhile, your female friends and family members are spouting those supportive clichés you love to hate. Let's explore the platitudes and the real attitudes behind them.
Cliché: There are a lot of other fish in the sea.
Reality: Keep swimming or you might drown out there all alone. No other fish are biting right now - at least not any that you want to keep on your line.
Cliché: She doesn't know what she's missing.
Reality: She knows exactly what she's missing, and that's why she's not here anymore. But, take heart: Before too long, you won't be missing her either.
Cliché: Sometimes unanswered prayers are a blessing.
Reality: This one is true. What if you had married that girl you dated in high school? Can you say "scary"?
Cliché: Everything happens for a reason.
Reality: It doesn't make any sense why the woman you're lusting after doesn't want you. Nor why the one who wants you just doesn't float your boat. Don't try to understand it; just move on. Someday you'll be enlightened and the reason will become clear.
Cliché: When one door closes, another one opens.
Reality: OK, not really - not simultaneously anyway. The first door slams in your face and you can't see beyond it. But eventually you find your way to another door, and when you open it, there's this beautiful woman there greeting you with open arms. No, wait! That's a dream! But maybe it will happen . . . Just don't lock the door and throw away the key.
Cliché: It's her loss.
Reality: Yes, it is her loss. You're a great guy and when you find the right woman, it will be her gain.
So the next time your well-meaning friends cough up one of these lines, see how many you can fire back at them. Sure enough, you'll find yourselves laughing at the lame attempts to comfort you. And don't forget . . . women like a sense of humor - that's reality.
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