Romantic comedies make dating look alarmingly magical. A few perfect dates in and itâ€™s time to get married, but thatâ€™s not realistic, is it? We know what youâ€™re thinking, arenâ€™t these â€˜Two Guysâ€™ married? Well, yes, we are â€“ but we owe it all to being happily single! Every time people say to us â€œI wish I had what you two haveâ€ â€“ we both smile. We smile because of all the experiences you could have in life, itâ€™s completely okay to put romantic relationships on the back burner. First and foremost, itâ€™s so important to be in a committed relationship with yourself, because chances are thereâ€™s a better version of you that youâ€™re working towards. Spend time with that human and love them unconditionally before allowing someone else to be a part of your life. As clichÃ© as it may be, RuPaul said it best: â€œIf you canâ€™t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?â€ Put you first, and then youâ€™ll suddenly find space to allow someone else into your little world. Then, conveniently, that person will somehow find themselves drawn to youâ€¦ trust us. Itâ€™s a whole universe thing. Youâ€™ll see.
My husband and I are each otherâ€™s person through and through, but we also know how crucial it is to just be true to yourself and still maintain your own identity, especially when in a relationship. Long before we knew each other, we both spent many years of our lives losing ourselves while being involved in toxic relationships. When we first met, neither one of us wanted anything to do with commitment, oddly enough, and yet thatâ€™s when it came to us in the absolute best way. It was so unintentional and carefree that it was honest, and it was blunt. By the time we both caught on to the fact that we had feelings for each other, they were much deeper than either of us realized. Sure, we were dating, but neither of us had any expectations or put any pressure on ourselves. The beginning of our relationship was organic because neither of us were trying too hard or worrying about messing things up. We were both putting in the same level of energy, and itâ€™s because neither of us were â€œlookingâ€ that we got exactly what we were looking for.
So now back to you, how does that translate? Itâ€™s actually pretty easy. Sit down, figure out what you want for yourself, and go live your best life! Be afraid of absolutely nothing â€“ except maybe spiders. Thatâ€™s a valid fear. Burn your house down and move. Otherwise, take risks, travel to new places, and try new things. The worst thing that could happen is you realize that you simply donâ€™t like whatever it is youâ€™ve tried doing. Youâ€™ll be much happier with yourself for doing it anyway before you find yourself trapped in a relationship having no idea who you are at the core. Donâ€™t let age get in the way of this journey, either. Donâ€™t say youâ€™re either too old or too young for something, because itâ€™s simply not true. Donâ€™t compare yourself to people around you and what they have, because their journey is exactly that â€“ their journey.
Sometimes, the best travel companion is you! Go see places by yourself. And donâ€™t tell yourself you canâ€™t afford it, either. Pack a backpack, some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and go stay in a hostel for a couple of nights somewhere. If you want to make it work, you will. This isnâ€™t the time for excuses. You donâ€™t have to go to Indonesia for three months alone, start smaller than that. Go to dinner or a movie, spend time dating yourself first, and getting to know who you are. Take a little road trip or weekend getaway, or even just a day to pamper yourself. You donâ€™t necessarily have to â€œEat. Pray. Love.â€ it â€“ just hang out with you because youâ€™re awesome! Youâ€™ll be surprised by how much there is to learn about yourself.
Now, weâ€™re not advocating for the single life forever, but just learn to be independent, so when you find your person, you can continue that journey along and be authentically you. If your person is out of town, go out and have fun! If theyâ€™re not okay with you living your life to the fullest, youâ€™re with the wrong person and you need to run anyway! Maybe you donâ€™t want to go out without them, thatâ€™s okay, too. Youâ€™re not looking for someone who completes you, youâ€™re looking for someone who complements you. Your significant other should be someone who adds value to your life. Thatâ€™s right, weâ€™re Marie Kondo-ing it. Does this person spark joy? No? Get rid of them. Life is too short to be anything but happy.
So as we enter coupling season, do yourselves a favor â€“ catch flights, not feelings! Donâ€™t go chasing someone simply to have a relationship because youâ€™ll end up annoyed or heartbroken, or both. Take the adventure youâ€™ve always dreamt about. Youâ€™ll get to a point where you are finally happy with yourself and where you are in life. Youâ€™ll be grateful for what you have and yet at the same time, grateful for what you donâ€™t have. And sometimes, when you least expect it, someone will walk into your life and add value to your journey. You never know where your life will take you. Say hi to your seat mate on your next flight, they could be the one! Or, they could be a weirdo. Feel it out. Trust your gut. But sometimes you get lucky.