I have a good friend who I adore for her honesty. The more time I spend with her, the more empowered I feel to speak my truth in any given scenario, and my love life is no exception. She’s one of these people who will always tell it like it is, whether or not she thinks her opinion will be well-received. As far as dating advice to give your best friend, she’s got it in spades, and I feel like I’m always going to her when I need some perspective.
She recently told me about a first date she went on with a guy from a dating app. They had been talking online for several days and she felt like he wasn’t sharing anything genuine about himself. Naturally, that didn’t sit well with her. Twenty minutes into their first date, she straight-up told him that she thought he was afraid of vulnerability — and shockingly, he took it pretty well. I think he found her honesty sexy, and they ended up having a really deep and meaningful conversation for the rest of the night.
It’s a funny story, but it got me thinking about how I often beat around the bush before I get to the core of what I want to say to someone, especially in that early dating phase. How refreshing would it be to just go into a relationship feeling unapologetically like myself? Now, I try to channel this authenticity every time I’m meeting someone new. Because my own bestie has changed my life when it comes to dating, I wanted to ask other women about the best advice they’ve received from their friends — and boy, did they deliver. Buckle up, because there is some serious truth coming your way!