Courting Disaster is Jackalope Ranch's weekly column of dating horror stories, observations, how-tos, and more by Katie Johnson. Names of ex-boyfriends, past hookups, and bad blind dates have been changed to protect the guilty.
I have made quite a few mistakes in dating.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still making them. But at least they're not the same ones. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me six or more times, shame on me. Looking back on my early 20s is like watching a terrible romantic comedy but with more crying, worse sex scenes, and no happily ever after ending. If I could go back and tell my young lazy/doe-eyed self a few pieces of advice, these would be them.