10 Ways To Spot The True Difference Between 'Just A Boy' And 'A Real Man'

10 Ways To Spot The True Difference Between 'Just A Boy' And 'A Real Man'

"BE A MAN" — Mulan

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A few months ago my grandfather asked if I was dating anyone and I responded, "No, I haven't had much luck with the boys these days", his response was, "Well, then wait till you meet a man".

For some crazy and strange reason, I tended to be interested in the guys that "acted too cool for school", because I saw it as a fun challenge to break through that hard exterior. The second shocking tidbit, which was much to my surprise after breaking through that exterior, you're still dealing with the same guy, aka a boy.

The following are 10 ways to help you tell the difference between a boy and a man.

1. A boy talks, a man communicates.

2. A boy is intimidated by your accomplishments, a man is inspired by them.

3. Boys makes excuses, men make plans.

4. A boy thinks he has all the answers, a man realizes he still has a lot to learn.

5. A boy is posessive, a man is protective.

6. A boy wants one to please him, a man wants to please THE one.

7. A boy says how much he cares, a man lives it everyday.

8. A boy thinks about what he's gonna say next, a man listens.

9.A boy looks at a girl as fun for the night, a man knows he's looking at his future.

10. A boy is concerned about you always being comfortable, a man doesn't let you give up on your dreams.

To all the men that helped me write this, thank you for setting such a high example. Showing me that you shouldn't lower your standards, but a man will rise to the occasion.

To the boys who helped me write this, thank you and I hope this helps, once you're a man, you'll be lucky enough to deserve an amazing woman, who should treat you with all the same respect and maturity. This isn't to put down the past boys in my life, they are after all just boys, and you can't expect them to be something they are not. I just hope the right woman comes along to help them be the man they have the potential to be, that just won't be me.

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36 Hobbies To Take Up If You Want To Be The Next Best 20-Something Grandma

Pursuing something with needle and thread is a good start

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Need a new hobby? Want to emulate a grandmother? Here are some great ideas for fun things to do in your spare time to get you ready to be the best grandma in 40-50 years!

1. Knitting

2. Baking

This hobby will also come with many friends wanting to try your creations.

3. Crocheting

4. Sudoku 

You gotta keep the mind healthy.

5. Crosswords

6. Cooking

7. Thrifting

Goodwill is your go-to for fabulous finds that won't break the bank.

8. Join a book club

Whether or not you actually read the book, either way it's a good way to socialize.

9. Yard Sale-ing

Don't tell me you didn't go yard sale-ing with your grandma at least once in your childhood.

10. Napping

11. Brunching

Food and friends (and a mimosa)... what's not to love about this hobby?

12. Spades

13. Hearts

14. Gardening

Figure out if you have a green thumb earlier rather than later.

15. Sewing

Being able to fix (or even make) your own clothes seems like both a creative outlet and a practical skill.

16. Antiquing

17. Cross-Stitching

Make some wall decorations for your room!

18. Power-walking

Why normal walk when you could speed walk?

19. Reading at 64-font on your Kindle

20. Read the newspaper

There's just something peaceful and nostalgic about reading a physical newspaper...

21. Collecting

Coins, dolls, you name it.... someone probably collects it.

22. Quilting

23. Rummy

24. Giving wise advice to those younger than you

25. Get a magazine subscription

26. Write hand-written letters to friends

It's fun and there is something so meaningful about taking the time to write it out and mail it.

27. Bridge

28. Curate a bomb matching pajama collection

29. Scrapbooking

Take your memories and add a creative touch... you won't regret it.

30. Tai Chi

I'm not a regular grandma, I'm a cool grandma...

31. Flower-arranging

32. Photography

Capture the moments of the loved ones around you!

33. Plan girls' trips with friends

34. Volunteer

Find time to give back to causes that you are passionate about!

35. Watch game shows

36. Watch soap operas

All the plot points and characters may be cringy, but they are so addicting!

Consider some of these hobbies if you find yourself looking for something to fill your time. When grandma-hood comes around, you'll be ready for it. And if you already do a lot of these things, well then we might as well go ahead and affectionately call you a 20-something grandma!

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