Monday wrapped up another season of my biggest obsession to ever grace the TV airways, The Bachelor. And while I watched 3 hours (3 hours!?) of the final drama unfold, I realized that while I've been quick to criticize this season in particular, I have to admit, I've actually learned a thing or two from watching.
And so I give you "What I've learned from The Bachelor"...
1. It’s better to be on the aggressive side than the shy side. Shy girls do not get air time. Or roses. So, when you see something you like, sometimes you've got to suck it up and make a move. Even if there are 24 girls surrounding him.
2. Sometimes a guy will keep you around because he thinks you're pretty awesome. He likes you. He likes hanging out with you. Heck, he probably even likes kissing you. This does not mean you're the one and only girl for him. He may be keeping you around because you're one of the best girls available to him. And, well, why would he say goodbye to you before the number of roses indicates he has to?
3. Hands down, helicopter rides make for the best. dates. ever.
4. Sometimes when a guy isn't telling you he's in love with you it's because he's contractually obligated not to let on to his true feelings until the last episode. Other times it's because he's actually not in love with you. Unfortunately, it's hard to tell the difference between the two and a majority of the time you're left balling your eyes out in the back of a limo wondering why you ever put your heart on the line in the first place.
5. It’s okay (heck, it's encouraged) to confess your love after two dates. Especially when he's dating other people. I mean, what could go wrong here?
6. Connections come in different shapes and sizes. And just because you have a connection with someone doesn't mean they don't also have a connection with someone else. It is possible to be in like with two people at the same time. It's not, though, possible to be in love with two people at the same time. Love, after all, is not only an emotion. It's a choice. A choice to give that final rose (and humongous Neil Lane diamond) to one person and be ready to accept America's criticism After the Final Rose.
7. Someone you can "totally see yourself hanging out with every single day for the rest of your life" is apparently not someone you see yourself marrying.
I've got to admit, Brad, you threw me for a loop on this last one. I sort of thought that the whole point of dating was finding that person who you would want to hang out with for the rest of your life. That's marriage, isn't it? It's why I always thought that people wanted to marry someone who was their best friend. Someone they laugh with. And want to go on helicopter rides with. And have overnight dates with. But mostly someone who they just want to hang out with. Every single day. For the rest of their life.
But what do I know? I'm just a single gal who couldn't even make it on The Bachelor.