OK, so recently I wrote a long, sappy letter to my daughter for when she plans on dating. And of course, I incurred the wrath of some. One, who, until recently, I was pretty sure was, by all accounts was one of the most amazing creatures I had ever had the pleasure of getting to know. Regardless of outcomes, I took the experience and used it to shape me. That's what we do. We get close to the fire, we get burnt, we learn how to avoid the danger or at least better prepare ourselves for the danger.
So, here you young man, you are now in your teens and you have got all of these conflicting feelings and thoughts racing through your brain like 3000 open tabs on your desktop. First all, slow down and take deep breaths. I want you to enjoy this time because this will be the easiest it ever gets. This is the last time you will ever have a chance to not be completely befuddled and bewildered by whoever it is you are attracted to. In this case, because it's where I have experience... albeit not much... we are going to focus on women.
After the initial shock sets in and you finally realize they drive you insane, you can start to fully appreciate this gender and all it holds. I cannot claim that I have any expertise anywhere. It's obvious I am complete schmuck when it comes to what it is you're supposed to do or how you are supposed to act when it comes to women. The best I can tell you is, put yourself in there shoes.
I don't mean literally like some Mel Gibson movie. I mean, consider yourself the other side of this equation. How do you feel? How do you want to be treated? Do you want someone looking at you like you're not as intelligent as them? Do you want special treatment because you are supposed to be weaker? Do you want to be feel as if there should be a ladies tee box in life because you just happen to be a woman? So, why would you treat a woman any different?
If you're going to insist on picking up the check at dinner, regardless of how she feels, then you should pick up the tab for you and your guy friends when you go out? I mean why not? They are your equal. Why would you treat them any different?
Now, I am not saying that you shouldn't be prepared or expected to be that way, because not everyone has this outlook, but just don't discount that the girl in this equation may be a little less willing to be subjected to an outdated practice.
Start to realize that if you want to be taken seriously and seen as someone a girl would want to be with, then you need to be the kind of guy that she would want. Not the kind of guy you think she needs. Here's the thing. Any man can be needed. So can any woman. But, if you are unique and treat a person the way they should be treated. Then you may be the person they WANT. Now, granted it may not be in the cards. Sometimes chemistry is harder to figure out than anything else. Just because you think you've put in the required amount of effort, doesn't mean you are the right man. It just means you did what was expected.
Stay loose, too. Don't get too uptight. I learned this hard way. Luckily, you can take every failure and use it to become better. And you should. Don't think for a minute that the next time will be any different if you make the same mistakes. Make all new ones. Sooner or later you're going to start doing things right. It will suck that those you consider to have been worth the extraordinary effort are not looking for that kind of relationship and you can get discouraged fairly easy.
But above all, don't let stupidity be an influence. Some friends may tell you that you should treat a woman poorly in order to get her on your side. Well, that's plain dumb. First of all, let's say it works. Then what? Are you going to continue acting like a douchebag? Why? What do you stand to gain? And even if they are continually in bad relationships, why would you want to be the guy? Be better. Be so damn good you can't be ignored. And if that's the kind of thing they are destined to attracted to, why would you want to be there? Remember, would you want to be on that side of the equation? How would you want to be treated?
Learn and apply. Be better. Be a real man. Let your actions be what defines you and remember that it's not just about you. But be true to yourself or suffer the continual compromise of that which makes you special. Be extraordinary. And if that's not what they want, walk away. You'll never convince them and why would you bother? If it's a test, don't take it. If it's some kind of hoop that will prove your intentions. Make them known and walk away. Don't be where you're not wanted because all you will do is make matters worse. It's OK to wanna fight for something you think is worth it, but you can't make fetch happen. Don't chase. Walk away. You're better off.