10 Things Every Firefighter Girlfriend Can Relate To

10 Things Every Firefighter Girlfriend Can Relate To

Firefighting is unique compared to most jobs and one person who can always attest to this is a firefighter girlfriend. Dating someone who runs into burning buildings for a living, you get used to things that most normal girlfriends don’t ever experience and eventually gain more knowledge about firefighting than you ever thought possible. From lingo to equipment to fire humor, you hear it all and it becomes part of your lifestyle too. Whether your firefighter is a volunteer or a career, a recruit or a chief, here are 10 things that every firefighter girlfriend can relate to.

1. The moment when you’re out with your man, doing normal couple things, and his radio/pager goes off.

You’re out on a date, you’re spending quality time with your man when you hear the dreaded tone of his radio and the static as the dispatcher starts rattling off details about the call. If you’re out in public, everyone turns their heads. Everyone.

2. Always looking for firefighting related gifts.

Birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, you name it, you are always looking for a gift idea related to firefighting. Sweatshirts, homemade gifts, cute trinkets, the list goes on and on. Luckily, Amazon never disappoints!

3. Getting slightly excited when your firefighter asks you if you want to go to the station with him.

Admit it, we all get a little eager. Fire station visits aren’t just interesting for little kids! Walking around and taking in all the different equipment and gear is fun and actually pretty fascinating. The best part? Sitting in an engine with your man and taking cute pics in his helmet, duh!

4. So. Much. Gear.

We love the way our men look in their gear (all 75 pounds of it). And let’s be honest, we’ve all laughed at how they now keep their boots sitting under their jeans, ready to put on at a moment’s notice, even at home.

5. You’re probably one of the few people who isn’t a firefighter who knows there are actually 2 types of fire vehicles.

Yeah, nobody on the street really knows the difference but you sure do! There are fire engines and there are fire trucks. We’ve all been quizzed by our man when one flies by on the street, just to see if we actually pay attention. And we dutifully answer, because we all know that engines pump water and trucks carry the big ladders, right ladies?

6. Every time you hear an emergency siren of any kind, you know exactly what it is.

Fire truck, ambulance and police car sirens are not the same. Go figure!

7. Fire station apparel is a must.

If you’re anything like me, the minute your man tells you the station is doing a bulk order of apparel, of course you have to get some. Repping your firefighter’s station feels kind of like wearing a badge of honor, especially when people ask about it.

8. You get excited when you see a truck or engine on the street when you aren’t with him.

Because it reminds you of your man and the great things he does!

9.Accepting the fact that yes, the man you love is putting his life on the line constantly.

It’s not something that is easy to deal with or understand, especially when you love him so much and care about his safety.

10. But you are so proud and supportive of him anyway.

Saying that your boyfriend is a firefighter feels like saying you’re dating a superhero and people’s reactions to it makes it even more rewarding. At the end of the day, you are proud to be a firefighter girlfriend because you know your man is a hero.

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5 Simple Steps To Being A Better Girlfriend

One of the most important aspects of a relationship is learning to grow as a couple and as individuals.

Like most people who find themselves to be a 'perfectionist', I am always trying to be a better version of myself. Whether it's by being a better friend, teammate, coworker, or student, learning to grow and better ourselves is never an easy process. And one of the most important aspects of our life that requires continuous progression is our personal relationships.

We're always told that changing for the person you're dating is a negative thing, but I don't think that's necessarily true. In my opinion, the people we who are worth dating are the people who should help us change us for the better. Like most things in life, that change can only happen if we are open to it's benefits.

In order for a relationship to change us for the better, you have to want to make that change for yourself.

When you find someone you truly love, then you want to be the very best for them. Since every relationship is different, that means being the best for your boyfriend is also different for every relationship, but there are a few things that every girl can try in order to be a better half in their relationship. Here are five simple steps to being a better girlfriend.

1. Accept his apology the first time he gives it

No relationship and no boyfriend is ever perfect. We all make mistakes, so apologies are just another part of life, but one of the hardest things about being in a relationship is learning to accept these apologies the first time they're given. It's unfortunately true that the people we care about the most are also usually the people we are hardest on. So, when your boyfriend does something that hurts you, it tends to be more upsetting then if it had been done by someone else. It can be all too easy to lose your temper and hold onto that anger longer than is necessary.

One easy way to be a better girlfriend is to start accepting your boyfriends apology the first time he gives it. Even when you're angry, you have to think about the person you truly love. Although they may have hurt you, that is not a good reason for you to hurt them back. If they genuine love you, then they already feel bad enough. Don't be the one to make them feel worse. Be the one to forgive and move forward. It's what you would want him to do for you, so you should do the same in return.

2. Spend some time only talking about him

I think it's fair to say that in most relationships the girls tend to talk more, while the boyfriends usually listen. But every once in awhile, there are things that he wants to talk about, too. Another easy step to being a better girlfriend is learning to really listen. Really listening means letting him talk without interrupting him, or interjecting your own opinion on things. Most women talk because they just want someone to hear them. They don't always want advice, and sometimes they don't even need a response.

So try giving your boyfriend that same opportunity. You might be surprised by how many things he has to say.

3. Remember to thank him, even for the little things

Great boyfriends are certainly not easy to come by, and the best ones tend to go above and beyond your normal expectations. Although you remember to thank him for all of the major things, how often do you thank him for the small stuff? Of course we say thank you for the fancy dinners, the tickets to movies or concerts, and all the big date nights in between; but great boyfriends are the ones who do small things, like bringing you a slushie while you're at work or doing the dishes for you after it's been a long day. They aren't glamorous favors, but they probably meant the most to you because he did them without being asked. They're small things, but they make your life just a little bit easier. So remember to say thank you because I promise it will mean the most to him.

4. Encourage him to form and grow his other relationships

When you're happy in your relationship, it's easy to get caught up in it all. Without even realizing it, you start to spend all of your time together. Although it might seem to build your relationship at first, it will more than likely hurt your relationship in the end. Spending time with friends and family is a good thing. Our relationships often determine who we are and how we handle challenges in life. Having that close circle of friends you trust and value can only make both of you better people. So, an easy way to be a better girlfriend is to not only understand he has other people in his life but also encourage him to spend time with them. Instead of waiting for your boyfriend to hear from his friends, tell him to reach out to them first. Remind him that although you love getting his time and attention, you don't need to have all of it.

5. Don't just say I love you, remind him why you love him

Finally, one of the simplest ways to be a better girlfriend is to remind your boyfriend why you love him. After you've been dating for awhile, it's easy to say I love you. We say it without even thinking about it most of the time! So although we love hearing someone say I love you, it means even more when they remind you why. Say more then just the usual things, like because you're smart, funny, kind, and all of the other adjectives we tend to use. Try being more original. Say things like you love him because of specific things he does, like cooking you dinner. Remind him how much you love the way he sings along with the radio when he thinks you're not paying attention. One of the best feelings in life is realizing that someone loves you for the things you may not even love about yourself. So take the time to remind your boyfriend that you love him for truly being him. He's the best boyfriend you could ever ask for, and reminding him of that will make you a better girlfriend, too.

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17 Things Every Girl Wishes Will Happen To The Dating Scene In 2018

8. Don't ask her if she's DTF right off the bat.

Last year was such a shit show when it came to guys. It seemed like we couldn't go a day watching or reading about a sexual allegations, plus the feminist fight against sexism took power. Lucky for you fellas, 2018 is for the guys, because you will prove how chivalry is not dead. Or so a girl can wish.

1. Hold the door open when she walks through.

Yeah, girls can do it themselves. And sometimes they really want to do it themselves. But make a game out of it, and try to beat her to it anyway. In fact, just hold the door for anyone. It's just common courtesy.

2. Buy her chocolate.

Even the littlest gifts that say you were thinking of her will win her over.

3. Cook her dinner once in a while.

Some guys are actually great at cooking, and so it is easy to accomplish this task. But even if you're only decent, the girl cares more about the principle of making an effort and spending time with her than the actual food. Besides, you can always order Chinese food if all else fails.

4. Support her activities even when you're not interested.

You might not like what she wears or how she sings, but if you let her do the things she enjoys, she'll be happier, and then you'll be happier.

5. Choose a couple activity to try out.

Maybe it's dancing lessons, or a painting class--whatever it is, it will give you both a chance to accomplish something together that pays off in the long run. At least find something to do together that interests the both of you.

6. Get creative.

Nothing is worse than a girl watching countless viral videos of guys doing something elaborate and creative for their significant other. Okay, not everyone was born with the creative gene, but it's the thought that counts.

7. Have fun with your dating profile.

Does it hurt to put a little personality into your dating profile? Remember Jared from Tinder with the sense of humor? We may not know if he was successful in the long run, but he was certainly great at the originality needed to get a girl to swipe his way.

8. Don't ask her if she's DTF right off the bat.

You're way more guaranteed to get lucky if you have a decent conversation with her. The payoff is way more worth it if you're patient.

9. Groom yourself.

It's 2018 guys, which means that a) we're all adults and b) it's easier than ever to know how to take care of yourself. Look up youtube videos. Buy a planner. Wipe the toilet seat. WIPE THE DAMN TOILET SEAT.

10. Take her to dinner.

Go ahead roll your eyes when I say this: treat her like a princess. BUT while you roll your eyes, go refer to #8 and trust me. It's worth the effort.

11. Don't get drunk or get her drunk in hopes of better results.

This should be a no for 2018. Sure there's a time and place where this makes for a good time, but spending time with someone should not solely depend on alcohol for success. It's really actually a pathetic move if that's the only way you can impress someone (or get them to hook up with you).

12. Tease her a little bit, but know where to draw the line.

Girls like a little bit of teasing, but sometimes guys take it too far. Sometimes teasing leads to hitting a sensitive spot, or the guy just sounds like an asshole. How do you solve this issue? You can...

13. Listen to her.

Communication is and forever will be the most important thing ever. Learn how to listen to her without arguing or thinking of the next thing to say while she's talking.

14. Look her in the eyes.

I'm not saying look into her eyes, like some rom-com movie, although not a bad idea. I mean use eye contact as a sign of respect.

15. Be ambitious for something.

Nothing is sexier than a guy with goals. Can we keep that up?

16. Stop talking poorly of women.

It's not cute. Not cute. Not cute. NOT. CUTE.

17. And lastly, women wish they didn't have to worry about sexual harassment or abuse in the dating scene.

If the woman says no, you say no too. End of story. If it's so hard for you to respect that, maybe consider some male chauvinist behavior classes and go fuck yourself.

I know a majority of men are capable of treating women right when it comes to dating, so there is hope for the rest. If you want to be the best at being manly, learn to be proud of and respectful to your woman. I promise you'll be rewarded.

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