"), or warn you that unless this is a fling you'll wind up "lonely, poor or both." Does that just about describe the level of "support" you're receiving?
To be fair, your friends may have a point: It is sexy to be with someone different, and there is a certain pride in attracting the interest of a younger mate.
The staff of Cosmopolitan revealed the advice they'd give to their 21-year-old selves:1.
"Don't waste your time trying to get someone to like you.
After all, your 20s are the perfect time for you to explore and really find yourself.
It took me until I was 40 years old, riding solo across the country on my motorcycle, to really find my inner peace. anthem (and yes, I know, if you’re a 20-something, this came out when you were still in diapers) croons, “Everybody hurts—sometimes.” But social norms mandate that we keep these feelings to ourselves.
Focus on surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good the way you are." 4.
"Don't spend hours freaking out that you're never going to get a job when you graduate because you only did one internship during college.
You can adapt and try to take an interest in things that they love, but never change the essence of you. The right person would never want you to." –Nurse Tina3938 "Just because it's comfortable, doesn't always mean it's right for either of you. "You CANNOT change that very interesting 'bad guy.' Don't be afraid to set limits.
Don't be afraid to go after what you want, and do not be afraid to be on your own.