Alright, I thought I'd start a new topic: it's based around the idea of, no matter how old you are or what experiences you have been through, what is something--or muliple--things that you'd be willing to admit publically that you wish you would have known 5+ years ago about dating and single-life? This can range from anything to how to dress better for a date, what not to say on a first date, how to pursue or not pursue a prospect, etc, etc. Whatever one feels comfortable sharing would be great.
On thing I wish I would have known 5 years ago, and that I am still gradually learning today, is that sometimes you have to focus on not finding Mr. Perfect but just that person who gets you--and truly cares about you. We all go through ups and downs in life but it is the person that sticks with you through those things that you can really count on. And this is not just for relationships but for friendships as well.
Second to this I would say that I wish I could have told my younger self to relax a bit more and not sweat those who don't make an effort to be apart of my life. If someone doesn't prioritize you, and you have made it pretty clear to them (in the best way you know how) that you are interested in them, then just move on. Don't dwell. Afterall, as a woman, if they are not treating me in a manner that I would want them to treat my future daughter (should God bless me with one)--or a woman is not treating a man in the same way that he would hope she would treat his future son (should God bless him with one) then really that says a lot to me. Kindness goes a long way. As does sincerity. Two rare qualitites to find in this hustle-and-bustle world we have today but they are still out there. :)