I miss those days when people are not busy looking for a relationship. Seems like nowadays everywhere you turn you'll see new couples popping up like mushrooms. Hormones? Seasonal flu? Whatever it is, i seem to be immuned to it.
At just a glance this tweet probably seems factual. That is, however, impossible to determine because there is no valid experiment to prove this theory and im pretty sure no valid statistic has taken place before this 'fact' came up.
But why the popular belief that people who are in a relationship tend to lose a friend a year?
Maybe because we all have lost a friend that way?
People change when they get into a relationship. No doubt. You are just not the same anymore when you've made that kind of commitment. And this change IS NOT BAD. In fact, i think it's mostly good. From my humble view, people who are in a relationship tend to become more matured, wise, loving and protective. They HAVE to change because suddenly, they don't just live for themselves anymore, but for somebody else. That kind of responsibility changes you.
So why the hate? Why do we, the single, left-out friends, moan and complain on how much our friends have changed and how much we miss the old them?
Because we're actually scared. Suddenly, we might not be the most important person in our friends' lives anymore. Suddenly we have to share. Suddenly, this newcomer steals the spotlight. Suddenly, there's competition.
We don't hate how our friends have changed, we're scared of how a relationship changes the dynamic of the friendship.
Bros before hoes? Great in theory, poor in practice.
In total honesty, I DON'T think that people who are in a relationship lose friends because they became overly occupied with their partners and started ignoring their friends.
I believe the real reason is that we, the friends, started ignoring them first.
We hated sooo much of the possibility that our friends might change - WE ourselves changed. We become bitter. We push away our friends and their partners because we're scared. We think that "Before they hurt me, I should retreat."
We ignore invites to go out because we hate being the third-wheel.
We dismiss an invitation to lunch because we gag every time we see them hold hands.
We don't pick up the phone call because we know, they're gonna talk about their partner and how amazing things are - when all u can think of is how much you don't wanna hear about it.
Maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm not matured enough. I should get used to the fact that we're getting older, and finding partners is an important part of growing up. That wanting to find the missing piece of your heart is nature's way of showing that we're entering adulthood.
I just miss those days when you're "friends forever". But now it seems like you're "friends forever, at least until one of us gets married".
But hey, whatever happened to 'I'm happy when you're happy'? Aren't we supposed to be happy that our friends are happier that way? We should be.
And we will. I'm in the process of accepting that maybe relationship isn't the enemy here, maybe it's me.
We shouldn't let our fear of losing the friendship change us in a way that we start building a wall between our friends and us. We should see that a relationship as an extension to our circle of friends, that our friend's partner is also a friend of ours. And if our friend loves him/her that much, maybe we should put in more effort to at least be happy for them.
I have no idea why I'm crapping about this at such hours. Sucks to be you for reading it till this far. Hahaha.
I promise I'll update more. Until later, then.