I’ve seen this list before, but I think it only had 5 different types of men at that point. I guess the list has grown, since the types of men have evolved.
Let’s see how I rate with the 11 Men to Date Before Settling Down. How have you done with this list?
Nope, never dated him. Sure, I dig a man who can play an instrument, but I suppose I’ve always been too practical to consider that anything could come of dating an artist.
The Life of the Party:
Oh, goodness. I’ve definitely dated more than one of these. Maybe it never worked cause neither of us were happy with taking the back seat to the other? I like attention as much as the next guy.
I suppose I run in some safe circles, but I don’t know anyone who regularly takes crazy risks like those mentioned.
First off, I don’t know what “aesthete” means, so I’m pretty sure I haven’t dated this guy.
Definitely don’t know this guy. Hello, I live in Houston. Nature loving vegans are a rare breed around these parts.
The Younger Man:
There was one. And he did make me feel like the most cultured, smart, educated, sophisticated women he’d ever met. And, I guess that’s why it didn’t work – because I knew I wasn’t.
The Older Man:
There was one – the “one who got away”. He did make me feel like the most precious thing in the world. He was cultured, smart, educated, and sophisticated, and when I saw War & Peace on his book shelves, I felt inferior. Maybe I shouldn’t have, but I did, and despite all the other things we had in common, I decided in my mind that I wouldn’t be able to keep his attention. And so I acted like a fresh, young, flirty 26 year old, and it didn’t last.
Had a massive crush on two of these in college, had a couple dates with each of them, but neither crushes panned out.
Dated one of these off and on over the spam of a couple years. It was sweet or it was a disaster. And, funny enough, it ended just as the article describes – he told me that I was too good for him. (which I am) 😉
I’ve dated “players”, but nobody that’s really “deserving” of the title.
The Nice Guy:
Dated a couple of these. One was so nice it was icky, and the better one didn’t work just as the article says – he was too much of a pushover, and I lost respect for him.
As I half-heartedly review these men, I’m unphased because my sweet mama always told me to “never date anyone I wouldn’t want to marry”. And so I haven’t – at least not for very long. I have always been quick to weed out potential suitors based on this criteria alone. And when I realized that I wouldn’t want to be married to him, we parted ways, one way or another.
This practice has made me, admittedly, a relationship rookie, having never had a relationship to last over a year.
But you know what? I’m okay with that. I’m a 30-something year old educated, professional woman who knows (mostly) what she wants out of life, love, and relationships, and it’s okay to be unmarried. It’s preferred actually, until I find the one – the one who will love me regardless, make me laugh, and be my playmate with tenderness and strength – forever.
Cause, as my sweet daddy always says “There’s a whole lot worse things than being single.”
Truer words, daddy. Truer words.