If only there were a class in school teaching us all of this... This morning, I saw on Madame Noire a spot-on list of lessons women learn about men as they get later into their 20s. In my late 20s, I can definitely relate to most of it, as there are an astounding number of things I didn't know several years ago. Just a few of my favorite lessons:
1. "They disappear at work. Women are better at multitasking. And even though women know that, it takes them a few years to understand why men can go off to start their work day, and somehow not text or call allll day. Eventually, we learn that when men get to work, they get in the zone and they really can't jerk their attention out of there to focus on a text until the day is done. There are way too many other distractions and requests in the workplace, so it's not that surprising that your text to him at 1 p.m. didn't receive a response until 9 p.m."
Yes! It takes a really long time to figure out that men and women have different communication styles, and deal with it appropriately. Not to mention figure out a nice way to say, "If I haven't heard from you in eight hours, I will assume you either hate me or something terrible has happened to you. This doesn't mean I'm crazy, it just means I'm a woman."
2. "Ambition matters. We all date bartenders, bouncers and guys who work at gyms in our early twenties. We don't think too much about where these guys are going with their life. But, towards the end of your twenties, if a guy isn't pursuing a career yet-not just a job, but a career-you can no longer turn a blind eye."
Harsh but true. Eventually you want someone whose ambition matches yours, but that somehow seems less important in your early 20s.
3. "Midnight texts are bad news. You get a drunk, midnight text from a guy you like in your early twenties, and you get kind of excited or giddy. Some people do what they really want and say what they really think when they're drunk. After a while, after a few times of going to see that guy at midnight and realizing in the morning (while you pull out your spare pair of underwear from your purse) that he isn't trying to date you, you learn that a real man calls you, soberly, mid day and plans a date."
Duh, I wish more women realized this earlier in life.
Written by Natalie Gontcharova for YourTango.com.
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