Ferguson: What watching The Bachelor has taught me about love

Until recently, I was living under a rock and had no idea what the show The Bachelor was about. I knew it had roses and crying women, but other than those two components I had no clue of what this popular show consisted of. I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about, so I decided I would watch this season. Boy was I in for a treat.

The Bachelor is hands down the most dramatic show I have ever had the privilege of watching. Having multiple women compete for the affection of one man would obviously come with drama. I love the crazy dates these women go on with the Bachelor, the heart wrenching rose ceremonies and the crazy antics these women do to grab attention. But I think what I like most about The Bachelor is how educational it is. I feel as if I have learned so much from watching these women pine for farmer Chris.

In the ways of love, romance and how to find that special someone, this is what I have learned since I started watching The Bachelor:

A man’s affection is measured in how many roses he gives you. Forget “I love you” or simple sentiments such as that, the only way to know if he’s truly interested in you is if he continually gives you roses. Never a bouquet, just one single rose at a time. Only roses though, any other flower will not suffice. Man gives you tulips? Consider yourself friendzoned.

You can not truly win a man’s heart unless you have beaten twenty other girls for it. Life’s all about competition, am I right? The only way to know if your love is real or not is if he has rejected twenty other girls and chose you as the victor of his heart. It’s just like the Hunger Games, minus the killing.

The only way a relationship may flourish is if it is broadcasted for millions of people. Forget privacy. A love story is only as strong as its viewership. The connection is not authentic unless you have supporters and fans.

You have to be perfectly accepting of him kissing, flirting and dating multiple other women. Love is all about trust. Even though the man who you wish to be the father of your future children may kiss or date other women, this should not bother you. At the end of the day, it is you who he will love the most. Best to just ignore the fact that he may be forming relationships with others, it won’t matter once he finally chooses to you.

You must leave your friends and family for multiple months so that all of your undivided attention is spent on him. Clearly this works, I mean look at all of the success The Bachelor couples have had. Without the distraction of family and friends, you can focus solely on the man you wish to wed. Who needs mom and dad’s approval when you’re head over heels in love?

Two to three months is the perfect amount of time to form a relationship before getting engaged. Why waste any more time? Two months is just enough to create a strong and healthy relationship before deciding to spend the rest of your lives together. And when those months end, it’s time to plan the wedding of your dreams!

If the relationship sadly ends, you can always start over as The Bachelorette. Same process, but now you’re the one with all the power. Men will fight for your hand in marriage. What more could you ask for?

With this new found knowledge under my belt, I am ready to tackle the dating world. Right after I submit my audition tape for next season of The Bachelor.

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Alysha Ferguson

Alysha Ferguson