Don’t settle for less than you deserve, anyone that doesn’t love you for your good parts and your bad isn’t the one.
I think that over time I’ve learned to be unapologetic about what I want in life and from any romantic interests. I feel like girls are raised their entire lives expecting to be a wife and a mother, and that we have to just work towards those goals and get married as soon as possible, or even just always have a boyfriend. I have a huge Italian Irish family on my dad’s side, and I have those typical Aunties, you know the ones. My aunties always ask me “Emily, do you have a boyfriend? No, oh why not, you’ve got to find someone!” etc. etc. Like, I’m a badass Auntie, I don’t need to be out here dating anyone, I’m 22, I’m awesome on my own and I don’t need a man to complete me, I’m complete. Any boyfriend I get is just icing on the cake.
I think a lot of women are now learning that we are more than our partners and our reproductive capabilities. Women are getting less and less afraid to be alone, we’re less willing to settle. If I get married, it’s going to be because I’m with my best friend, because I want to spend every day with him, and figure out life’s ups and downs together.