What To Expect When Dating A Hopeless Romantic

What To Expect When Dating A Hopeless Romantic ©iStock/Ridofranz

It might seem like hopeless romantics are doomed when it comes to finding love in the current dating climate, but that’s not necessarily a case. Women who dream of finding our own happily ever afters believe that they exist — we just need a guy who knows how to handle it. If you want to date us, here’s what you need to know:

  1. Rom-coms aren’t just mandatory viewing, they’re #relationshipgoals. We watch 27 Dresses, The Notebook and any other rom-com that comes our way repeatedly and use them to form our own relationship goals. We memorize all the lines, daydream about finding ourselves in similar over-the-top romantic situations and will probably expect our boyfriends to watch them with us every once in a while.
  2. Sappy love songs seriously get us going. You’ll make our hearts burst if you dedicate one to us, make us a special playlist or mix CD or, if you’re a musician, write us a song of our own. We know that cheesy love songs are just that, cheesy, but we can’t help but take them to heart and get all the feels every time one comes on the radio.
  3. Yes, we probably have Pinterest boards for our dream wedding. Even if some people think that planning your Pinterest wedding isn’t just realistic, we’ve got ours pretty much sorted. It doesn’t mean we’re anxious to tie the knot tomorrow, we just know what we want when we do. We’ll either keep this super secret and feel moritified if we happen to leave the tab open on our laptops or we’ll be quite open about it, asking how you feel about Sardinia as a honeymoon spot. Too soon?
  4. It’s the little things that count for us. Contrary to popular opinion, we’re easy to satisfy. You don’t need to send us extravagant gifts or even prepare elaborate surprises — just do simple things from your heart and the gesture will surely be remembered and appreciated.
  5. We’re passionate about love and anything related to it. You’ll feel like you’re living in one of those rom-coms we love so much because of the way we look at you, kiss you and take care of you. We’ll give you all of our energy and put so much into making sure you’re satisfied. You’ll never question if we’re worth it — we’ll remind you daily that it is.
  6. We wear our hearts on our sleeves. You won’t have a hard time figuring out what’s going on our minds and hearts — we’ll tell you and show you in everything we do. We’re not into playing mind games, and since we’re so optimistic about love, we’ll give you our trust — please don’t abuse it.
  7. Sometimes you’ll need to bring us back down to earth. We won’t take it the wrong way if you have to call us out for being a little crazy or unrealistic from time to time. We’ve just spent so long dreaming of our perfect love story that sometimes we get carried away with it and need a reminder that we’re not living in the real world. Be gentle, but don’t be afraid to speak up.
  8. We’ll fall for you harder than you even thought is possible. Even if we’ve had our hearts broken a million times, we’ll still love you with reckless abandon. We’ll always give the relationship our best shot and we hope you’ll do te same. It can be overwhelming in the beginning, but if you roll with us, we’ll be the best girlfriend you ever have.
Maine Belonio is a twenty-something mom and writer who has a penchant for coffee, long distance running, Tolkien, Switchfoot, and Jesus. Find her broken, honest, and brave musings at mainebelonio.com.