It dawned on me that most of the men I dated in the past would never do something like that. Keeping a photo of me around is something so simple but it really put a smile on my face. I don't need grand gestures or expensive gifts, I just need to know that he cares. I'm lucky though because Derek is also a very thoughtful gift giver.
I wish I realized I deserved better when I was in my early 20s. I dated guys that did the bare minimum to keep our so called relationship together. I often felt like I was the only one putting effort into the relationship. I was smart enough to not stay in these relationships but some of these guys I should never have dated in the first place.
That's what your 20s are all about though, you make mistakes and learn and tell your 30 year old self to not judge to harshly.