If I knew then what I know now…

From the “too perfect to be real” profiles at the back of Real Simple comes this open ended question: If I knew then what I know now…

Here’s my answer.

If I knew then, what I know now, I wouldn’t have been so worried about meeting the perfect girl. I know, kinda cliche. But when I look back on my life, some of the regret, most of the angst, and all of the crying revolves around women not loving me. I had a wonderful relationship with a girl in college (Hi, Helen!) but when we went our separate ways, it was over love. I was stupid then (not that I’m not now), I was a mess in high school, I fumbled a couple of relationships after college, you should read my diary from then (check that, you shouldn’t) and then, out of the blue, there she was. My lover, my wife, my partner, the mother of my children. The perfect girl. She’ll be the first to tell you she’s not perfect, but I’ll always tell you that she’s perfect for me.

If you knew then what you know now…