Being in a relationship has taught me so much. I haven’t mastered every lesson there is, and I’m nowhere near being the perfect boyfriend; but I’ve definitely learned enough to speak on it. One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn is: you and her are not and may never be similar, and that’s okay. A relationship is dependent on two people being able to trust that the other will accept them for who they are. As much as we dream about the “perfect” woman, the reality is that you need to see your partner as that perfect woman. Flaws and all. When you take into consideration that your partner has different experiences, thoughts, and upbringing; you should naturally expect her to be different. Her views on the world, philosophy, and ideologies may all be different from what you expect and that’s exactly why you need to value her. As you continue to rise, you need someone to challenge you. You need someone to tell you, “you can do better”, “that’s not right”, or “maybe you could do this a little differently”. Hearing it now maybe hard to hear, but applying it now can only better you.