I am one of those dudes who, up until this point, has remained steadfast in the belief that being single is the wisest choice for anyone my age. I agreed that sure, when you're older and graying that becoming settling down would be great and that maybe having a couple of mini Dafe's running about would be great. But I've been thinking about it a lot recently and maybe dating someone at our age isn't such a bad idea after all? Here are the pro's and con's of getting into a relationship:
I don't even care how juvenile this sounds, but sex is fun. Everyone likes having sex, it's a bit of fun, if nothing else. Although no one really likes the work that comes along with having sex- you have to be funny, clever and interesting. Not to mention the fact that you have to persuade some stranger into thinking you're sexy enough to bang because that in itself is difficult and little bit nerve-wracking. Relationships are simple in the sense that you don't have to put yourself out there any more. It's all like "hey I love you and stuff and you're great; we should totally smash before my parents get home". It's straightforward simplicity kinda makes it perfect.
Much like doing a summer internship or taking out a mortgage for a house, a relationship requires a certain degree of commitment and you have to respect that. There's this person who expects you to love them, be there for them and overall just add to their life and make it better. That's a LOT of fucking pressure. They've grown fond of you, they love you. What if one day, out of the blue, you don't feel the same about them anymore and you have to go on to break their heart. That's some cold shit, this person trusted you and you let them down *starts hyperventilating*
Pro: The Small Things
It's the small things that count. It's the good morning text he sends you every Monday, it's the random presents she'll get you after you've had a bad week. It's staying in on a rainy day, ordering exuberant amounts of pizza as you both discuss what you would do if a Zombie Apocalypse broke out. It's the way he'll hold your stuff if you get tired, or the way she'll look at you where you can't explain why, but you just feel so grateful to be alive. It's the small things that count.
Even the most sickeningly 'lovey dovey' couples face this threat. Being with the same person for such a long time can cause you to fall into a routine. Complacency is the silent killer of fun. Once you get into a pattern, it may prove difficult to leave it. Staying in and eating pizza can be a fun evening, but if that's what you're doing every night while your friends are off getting shitfaced, then you're fucking up. Soon you'll find yourself bored and not just of your significant other, but also of yourself. Ice cream is great, but if you eat it every day of your life you're bound to get sick of that too.
Pro: A Partner
Dating someone means they kinda become your second half, it enables you to do things you could never do before, because doing stuff by yourself is lame. Now you have a partner, a sidekick to go on crazy adventures with. For example, let's say our friends don't want to do to a museum? Fuck them, just bring your boyfriend/girlfriend. And if they refuse, don't fuck them... see what I did there?
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Raise your hand if you've ever been cheated on...
That's just the truth people, that shit happens. Being with someone means you trust them and why shouldn't you? They haven't given you any reason not to. However, that doesn't mean you can trust them. People will cheat and just do generally evil shit, and sometimes there may be a vague reason and other times there isn't. That's just the harsh reality of life. Making yourself vulnerable can be fairly daunting and may end up being a really, really, really, reeeeally stupid decision.
Con: Dollar Bills
Relationships are expensive. Condoms, pizza and presents cost money and you don't have money...do you see your problem?