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If there ever comes a time when someone else catches your attention, captures the heart that I’ve been trying to take care of for so long, please do not choose me. If the time ever comes when you think that I am not enough and you want more, please do not choose me.

Do not choose me just because you know you are safe with me. Yes, there is no doubt that I will never hurt you, but what about me?

Who will save me if I catch you staring into thin air, wishing it is her you are with? Who will save me if I catch you texting her while I’m sitting right beside you? Who will save me if you call her name instead of mine? Who will save me if you love her more than you love me?

Do not choose me just because we’ve been together for God knows how long. If we are together and after all that time you are still not sure I am the one, then please do not try and make me the one.

Do not choose me just because you feel guilty. You should, so please just leave. Do not choose me because you know I deserve more. Let me have the chance to meet someone who will never have to choose.

Do not feel guilty if I loved you more than you deserve, it’s my choice. So, please, just go, pack your bags, and close the door. I don’t want to be with someone who’s never sure if I’m the one he wants to be with.

Do not choose me just because you’re afraid that it might not work out. Or, that I might find someone better than you. Or, that she might never love you the way I do.

Do not choose me, choose her.

Because if you really loved me, I would not be one of the choices. Not A, not B, not C. I will be the final answer.

But if that’s not the case, I will not fight against it. I’d gladly give you up.

Do not choose me, not because it’s easy for me to no longer love you. Do not choose me, not because I don’t have enough confidence.

Do not choose me, not because I can’t fight for you. I don’t want to fight against someone else for you, someone who, in the end, you will somehow choose.

Do not choose me just because I chose you. If you really love me, it will always be me. Just me. No other reason, no other explanation.

So, please, if there is someone who will come between us, do not bother to think.

Just choose her.

There are certainly worse things than finding yourself caught in a love triangle, but try telling that to someone stuck in one. Case in point: A very tortured man has written to The Guardian asking for help in choosing between his girlfriend and his ex because he is “drawn to them both in different ways” and “they both have amazing qualities.” He is “so confused” about what to do and has no idea how he got himself into this situation, much less how to get out of it.

Even though the love triangle presents itself as an impossible, emotionally overwrought disaster, it’s easier to sort this out than you’d think.

But let’s back up: Psychologists unequivocally agree that you can, in fact, love two people at once, but with a very important distinction. Much like the advice-seeker at The Guardian, you usually love the two people in different ways.

Love anthropologist Helen Fisher explains it this way: There are three brain systems at work when we want someone. There’s attraction, there’s romantic love and there’s sex drive, and Fisher says they don’t always line up in one person. This means you can potentially feel all three things for three different people at the same time. You can be attracted to someone, sexually driven toward someone else (or just sleep with them), and also feel a deep romantic love for a partner.

Sex drive is, obviously, just wanting to hook up. Romantic love is the all-consuming desire to be with someone that Fisher describes in her famous TED Talk on how the brain responds to love: It’s a lot like being on cocaine. Compare this with the calm, even-keeled steadiness of partnered devotion, the sort you have after years with someone, after you’ve been through some shit.

The Guardian advice seeker claims to not know how he ended up confused by his desire for two people, but anyone in the cheap seats knows what’s really going on. No judgment, but he deliberately followed and pursued both types of attraction, inching his way into misery. That’s by design, too. “Love,” Fisher says in her TED Talk, “isn’t always a happy experience…Almost nobody gets out of love alive.”

And she’s just talking about a relationship between two people. When it’s about trying to narrow down your choices to one, it’s torture. “It’s as if there’s a committee meeting going on inside your head as you try to decide what to do,” Fisher told Business Insider. Unless you’re poly, you’re fucked and will ultimately have to choose — not necessarily because someone makes you, but because the human brain can only endure the confusion and torture so long.

Back at The Guardian, advice-giver Annalisa Barbieri sympathizes with the advice-seeker’s dilemma, but comes down clear. When you’re struggling to decide between two people and you can’t choose, you should probably reframe the way you’re thinking about it.

The answer to your dilemma is that, very probably, neither of these women is right for you. When there is a choice between two people, it is not always a case that one of them must be right for you, if you could only work out which. It is more likely that you have two not-quite-right-for you people in front of you at the same time. I think the fact that you are feeling ready to “settle down” is making you look at your situation and evaluate — and that is good. Just don’t mistake availability for suitability.

If two choices are both equally great, then there is no choice because either will ultimately result in the same fate: greatness. Just throw a dart.

In a column at The New York Times about how to make a choice when your options are “on a par,” Rutgers philosophy professor Ruth Chang ponders a hypothetical choice someone might make over whether to move to a new city for a job offer. The job offers more money, a promotion, and a career opportunity you’ve long wanted. However, it requires moving across the country to a new city, dragging a partner and child along, and leaving a city you’ve lived in for 15 years.

Most people will, in the face of such a choice, try to “compute” the pros and cons, Chang argues, the idea being if you can just amass enough facts and weigh them out, you’ll arrive at the more “correct choice.” But life, and jobs and moving and even love aren’t like this. Goodness, she argues, doesn’t work this way.

Options can be “on a par” — different in value while being in the same overall neighborhood. If your alternatives are on a par, you can’t make a mistake of reason in choosing one instead of the other. Since one isn’t better than the other, you can’t choose wrongly. But nor are they equally good. When alternatives are on a par, when the world doesn’t determine a single right thing to do, that doesn’t mean that value writ large has been exhausted. Instead of looking outward to find the value that determines what you should do, you can look inward to what you can stand behind, commit to, resolve to throw yourself behind. By committing to an option, you can confer value on it.

Either way, you’ve freed yourself of the agony of indecision, if you can just commit to the choice once you’ve made it. Of course, if you were the sort of person who could easily do that, you probably wouldn’t have ended up in a love triangle. But if emotion got you into it, at least, for everyone’s sake, use logic to get out.

Tracy Moore

Tracy Moore is a staff writer at MEL. She covers all the soft sciences like psychology, sex, relationships and parenting, but since this is a men’s magazine, occasionally the hard ones. Formerly at Jezebel.

If You Hesitate Between Me And Another Person — Don’t Choose Me

Like, ever.

I’m sure you’d like to believe that the person you’re into currently only has eyes for you. To him, everyone else looks like a rotten piece of baloney and you are a goddess.

I mean, duh … right?

I’ve fallen victim to this self-destructive way of thinking, and let me be the first to burst your bubble and tell you it’s not true. I can’t speak for relationships that have lasted longer than 18 months, but for me, I’ve always been attracted to other people even when I’m in a relationship. I’m not even that much of an attention fiend, but it still happens.

And it probably happens to the guy I’m with too. That’s just life.

While it’s probably smart to just go ahead and accept the fact that you’re not the only attractive person on the planet in the eyes of your boo, that doesn’t mean it’s OK for anyone to act on it.

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Whether you’re official, unofficial, married or have only been on two dates, the same rule applies: if the person you’re with is interested in you AND someone else, let him go.

Push him in the direction of that other woman (or man, who knows) and walk away.

The more you try to cling and grasp and hold on to a guy, the farther away he gets. It’s only when you totally let go of him that you’ll get your power back. Send him off, wish him and his new girl well, and keep moving forward.

Don’t hesitate or think too much about the circumstances. Once you get that feeling in your gut, trust it.

Put your self-worth above the desire to be someone’s number one — because that isn’t something you should ever have to fight for.

The best relationships happen because two people just straight up like each other and want it to happen. Not because there was an all-out battle to be some dude’s girlfriend and you won.

You deserve someone who isn’t going to make you feel the need to compete. While it’s impossible for him to never be attracted to someone else, you do want someone who only wants to be with you. There’s a huge difference.

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I hope you never find yourself in this situation, but boys can be shitty and we live in a world full of super hot women, so there’s a chance that you will.

Walking away won’t guarantee that he’ll chase after you, but it will be sure to protect your dignity.

Smart Dog Waits For The Green Light Before Crossing The Street

Falling in love is definitely something that everybody long for. Unfortunately, not all love stories end up in happy endings. Relationships change dramatically over time. New relationships are fun, exciting, and easy, while old relationships require deeper qualities.

There is something that happens when you fall in love. You started off by trying to be the “perfect” partner to your lover until you eventually let your guard down and show the real, genuine you.

1. Texting

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New relationship: You go crazy when he or she replies to your message. A cute emoji is the icing on the cake.

Old relationship: Messages are much more important than just asking how each other’s day went, like who will pass by the grocery store to buy some eggs and milk.

2. Getting Ready

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New relationship: The preparation takes a lot of your time and effort. From shaving to moisturizing, to trying out all of your best clothes.

Old relationship: You’ve seen each other at their worst before, so there’s no pressure to waste all that time making yourself look presentable. If your dirty shirt smells okay and stain-free, then it’s the perfect option.

3. Going on a date

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New relationship: Dinner dates can be awkward. Eating in front of someone when you’re nervous is particularly nerve-wracking, so you slice a small piece of your food and chew it as long as you can while trying to look cute.

Old relationship: The more you spend time with someone, the more comfortable you’ll get about stuffing your face.

4. Sleeping in the same bed

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New relationship: Sleeping next to your loved one is great. In fact, cuddling is the best part of your relationship.

Old relationship: You break out your unsightly sleeping styles because that’s the best position you can sleep in. Clearly, laying next to another human being for hours at a time have its own discomforts.

5. Waking up

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New relationship: You wake up early, wash your face, brush your teeth, crawl back in bed and pretend that your morning face and breath are #goals.

Old relationship: Taking up most of the bed space and drooling over your lover’s pillow has become a regular morning routine.

6. Watching Netflix

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New relationship: Perfect time for a cuddle, cuddle, and more cuddle!

Old relationship: Trying to stay as far away from each other as possible to avoid eye contact and conversation so you could focus on your favorite series.

7. Pooping

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New relationship: You wait until you get home to finally release as you please.

Old relationship: You poop comfortably while your partner is using the shower. No big deal.

8. Sharing personal stories

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New relationship: You listen attentively because you genuinely want to know more about him or her.

Old relationship: You try to stop yourself from rolling your eyes because you’ve already heard the story a million times before.

9. Fighting

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New relationship: You cry your heart out because you just hate to fight with your significant other. You eventually patch things up because you would do anything to make everything okay.

Old relationship: You’re too tired to recall why you’re both yelling at each other in the first place.

10. Intimacy

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New relationship: Candles, rose petals, sweet music, sexy lingerie.

Old relationship: You + him/her + bed = sex

Do you agree with these differences?

10 Ultimate Revelations Of The New Relationship Vs. Long-term Relationship 

There are some noticeable differences one can find whether a relationship is in the early stage or has survived several years easily by observing a couple. Their body language, behavior, talk, lifestyle, and way of reacting to things can be predictable. If you are in a new relationship, then you behave in specific ways, but when you have already spent a few years in the relationship, then the same situations or circumstances may seem different. Here are the ultimate revelations of the new relationship vs. long-term relationship.

1. The PDA

When you are in a new relationship, all you do is to find opportunities to spend time with your partner. You go out for dinner, watch movies, shopping, and roam around the city. In short, there are so many events that you both are together in public places, but that doesn’t bother you much. Showing affection to your partner like giving a hug or kiss or holding hands becomes normal for you.

The same things, when you’re in a long-term relationship such as marriage or live-in, are not so frequent. You both seem comfortable however you are or whatever you are doing. You spend much time under one roof with each other that you don’t feel like showing the PDA more often.

2. The dressing

In a new relationship, you care about your looks a lot. You love to get admired and adored by your partner so, you want to dress yourself the best. Sometimes you don’t even care about your comfort because after all, you want to look good in front of your mate.

In a long-term relationship, dressing up becomes very casual. You wear your comfy yet decent clothes instead of fancy and glittering ones. You both have spent enough amount of time with each other that it doesn’t matter how you dress and what you dress. You have seen each other with pajamas and party wear, the best and the worst both.

3. Dating

In a new relationship, you wait for the next date eagerly. You plan the date, make the arrangements, and get involved in it from top to toe. You love spending time and money with your partner. You try to make it very special without thinking about how much you have to pay.

On the other hand, when you are in a long-term relationship, going on a date becomes less. You are more focused on how much it will cost. You choose to spend time at home instead of going out. Dating is not a part of your life anymore. The more you spend time, the more you realize that dating your partner is no more necessary.

4. Communication

In a new relationship, your texts and calls mostly contain the mushy language. You send emojis and talk emojis. Sometimes even speak musically. Sending and receiving romantic songs and videos are your daily routine. If you talk about calls, texts, and video calls, then you know that you spend most of your time checking your phone. You respond and wait for the messages.

While you are in a long-term relationship, your communication style changes drastically. You call your partner only for an emergency, you text to remind something. Those “love you” and “miss you” are history. Forget about video calls, those 1-2 hours long calls have become 1-2 minutes calls.

5. Curiosity

Every new relationship starts with curiosity. You are curious to know everything about your mate. You want to know their likes and dislikes, hobbies and interests, turn on and turn off everything. That’s the reason new couples talk a lot, spend time with each other more, and ask many questions. The curiosity makes them stick to each other.

In case, you are in a long-term relationship and have spent a few years with each other then you might not be that curious for each other. You might already know about the likes and dislikes of your partner, so you don’t feel the excitement for anything. You stay with each other because of companionship and longing for each other but not out of curiosity.

6. Sex

When you are new in a relationship, you try all the new dimensions of sex. New techniques, new positions, new places, almost every new thing you want to work with your partner. Even those unhygienic places do not bother you. Not only sex but cuddling, playing and sleeping in the same bed become very exciting and fun.

In the long-term relationship, you enjoy sex but not the same way you used to do. It becomes more about comfort and place. You mostly prefer bed instead of other areas. You take care of the cleanliness and space more. Sometimes you don’t hesitate to say NO too.

7. Fights

If you are new in a relationship, your fights usually end with, “I am sorry” or “It was my fault” or “I will never fight with you” or “Let’s not fight on such stupid things again” and so on. Sometimes fights even end up in a steamy romance too. Your fights don’t last long. You forgive more because you keep your ego aside.

In a long-term relationship, you often hear these statements, “It was your fault,” “You always pick up fights,” “I won’t forgive you for this,” “You should say sorry,” and so on. Fights can go on for many days and months and years even. Your ego doesn’t let you forgive your partner. There is no chance of romance after the fight as you both need some time to calm down.

8. Habits

You accept all the patterns when you are new in a relationship. Though some habits are annoying, you tend to avoid it easily. The chances are you also enjoy with them to make them feel better. It is even possible that initially, you don’t know all of their habits whether good or bad, so you are most likely to ignore a few things as well.

You are aware of the habits your partner possesses if you are in a long-term relationship. You keep arguing with them or tell them to change the habits that are bothering you. You are now open to show your true self too. It’s no shame to fart, burp or yawn in front of your partner. You feel no harm if you don’t shower a day or two.

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9. Possessiveness

The initial time of any relationship is too delicate to handle due to possessiveness. You can’t stand some random guy or girl giving a friendly smile to your partner. It can immediately awaken the waves of doubts in your mind because you feel possessive for your partner. You don’t want anyone nearby your partner except you especially the similar gender as you. You want to grab each bite of your partner’s attention.

The possessiveness fades with the time. The long-term relationship mostly does not have the possessiveness. You have built up the trust and loyalty towards your mate which make you doubt them less. You don’t mind if random someone smiles at your partner. The more you stay with each other, the more your possessiveness take a step back.

10. Trust

You have to work more on building the trust with each other because a little you know about each other. Perhaps, you become doubtful more often. You keep your eyes on your partner all the time. You might even check their social media profiles now and then. You check their status, profile picture, and check-in all the time. It’s like you almost stalk them maybe because you need a strong reason to trust them.

If you have survived three years of your relationship then most likely you trust each other. You know all of the appointments and schedules of each other. You know about their friends, get-togethers, and meetings. You believe each other such that you don’t bother if they don’t pick your call at first or don’t reply to your text. Building trust requires time and efforts.

You know the differences between a new relationship and long-term relationship now. Do you relate to them? Do you have something to add? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below or email us at [email protected] We appreciate your feedback.

Embracing A New Relationship With an Old Flame

This guest article from YourTango was written by Moushumi Ghose.

So let’s say you are in a long-term relationship with the guy or girl of your dreams. Or, let’s say you are trying to rekindle an old relationship or you’re in a situation with someone whom you have a lot of history with, but you keep sensing some things just aren’t the same. In many ways it may seem that a lot of stuff from the past no longer exists in your relationship and you wonder if you can ever go back.

Yes, relationships change, shift, flip flop, tables turn, hearts get broken, trust gets lost, betrayal happens and we still find it in our hearts to stay true to our commitments. Or, we realize we love someone enough to overlook the past and to stay together.

But, sometimes when things don’t quite fall back into the way they were, we panic. We worry that maybe this is the end, or that this was really not meant to be, and that we should move on. We fear that the change means that something really great was lost.

Just because the present doesn’t mimic the past doesn’t mean all is lost.

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See, we live in a world where we want certain things to last forever. We rekindle but something is amiss. We miss the way it used to be, the way it used to feel. One of the problems is that we are even sold this view of “happily ever after,” which if we think about it, we know is an unfortunate fallacy. The reason being is that change is the only constant, right? We’ve all heard that saying … change is the only thing we can count on.

Often times, things change for the better. Some things change for the better, some things change for the worse. Sometimes we like the new things happening in our relationship and/or in our partner. We like the newfound responsibility, or self care, but maybe we miss the old camaraderie, the way we used to run around like kids without a care in the world, the way he used to shower me with flowers or kisses or the way she used dress. We miss the past, and in doing so, we end up living in the past.

Relationships, just like the people involved, go through phases. In different phases of our lives we have different friends, different jobs, different feelings, etc. You know that experience of having a certain friend during a certain period of your life? Where did that friend go? Often times we fall out of friendships because of something circumstantial, we just drift apart or we move.

Sometimes it’s more; a falling out, a disagreement, a broken agreement, etc. We learn to get over the loss and to grieve the end of the friendship or relationship. In much the same way, we must learn to let go of what our relationship was and accept our relationship for where it is now.

Change is especially apparent after major life changes, such as marriage, the birth of a new baby, a job change/loss, infidelity, death in the family, etc. Part of being in a relationship is saying goodbye to the past phases of our relationships, letting go of the past and embracing what is now, the present. You may become overcome by this feeling of, “I feel like I don’t even know my partner anymore.”

The truth of the matter is that you are still getting to know your partner, at every phase of his/her life, just as he/she is getting to know parts of you. Also, the both of you are getting to know yourselves and each other in the relationship.

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Accepting change, that things don’t stay the same forever, is par for the course. Sometimes you may not like the changes that happen, as they may confuse you and not seem to fit. How you learn to navigate the changes may determine the future of the relationship. Your relationship is built on the past, and where it grows from there into the future depends on your dedication to the present.

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Embracing A New Relationship With an Old Flame

So I am in a bit of a dilemma. I am dating a very lovely, kind, loving guy who is basically Mr Perfect. He’s everything I want on paper.

But, there is always a “But”. I don’t feel a spark or a connection. To cut a long story short, I’ve always been attracted to dickheads, good looking bad boys. My ex was one.

So I meet this guy who is great, first and second dates were great. Then we become intimate and he’s not that experienced so that was a voice at the back of my head.

I also started internally comparing him to all my exes and he just didnt have that edge at all. He’s way too nice. It started playing on my mind do much that soon enough i was becoming distant and was making excuses not to see him.

I decided it wasn’t fair on him and told him that he’s lovely but i wanted to keep my options option. It crushed him and i felt horrible, But i had been in enough crappy relationships that i didnt want to do that to myself again.

He couldnt understand why so i was brutally honest with him. He just couldn’t understand that having that edge in someone is what made me attracted to them. he put me off more by saying that what if you could turn a good boy into a bad one. I was like yea, no.

I went out on a date with another guy who wasnt suitable either. I then went over my head how the first guy i was with was great and should get over myself because there are girls out there who wish they had what i did.

So we started dating again and it was all going well..until he started hinting that he wanted to move in with me once my lease was over. Panic!!! I hastily brushed it off with an off hand comment saying yea see what happens.

Sex got better, we went away together for a weekend. but that niggling feeling just wont go away. I look at him and keep asking whether im attracted to him or not. Im not affectionate with him and that is not who iam.

He has now applied for position at my work and its really pissed me off. I can go on about how i feel but it will take too long. I feel like a bad person for feeling this way. Ive fucked him around once before. He wants to build a future with me which is great and all but im not falling in love with him but he is with me.

part of it maybe that i still have feelings for my ex and i never got closure from that. I just dont know what to do. I was meant to see him tonite but made the excuse that i wasnt feeling well.

I am. VERY. STUCK

I feel no connection, spark, fireworks, nothing. He is attractive i guess maybe. kinda. I think if i met someone else and he had all this guys qualities but gave me that spark then i would have to leave. I would never cheat or disrespect someone.

I feel like he’s the guy that is in the interim while my heart looks for others.Why cant i just be happy with him. I keep telling myself it will get better and it will be great. but its been two months and nada

Anybody else been in this fiasco

Help 🙁

Should I Break Up With Him If There’s No Chemistry?

On paper, he’s the perfect guy: handsome, stable career, is clearly into you, loves his family and yet you sit there, questioning your feelings toward him.

Maybe it’s all the Disney movies and Nora Ephron novels, or the completely unrealistic romantic movies we’ve all watched over the years that led us to believe there has to be a “spark” for a relationship to last.

We’ve been programmed to believe that unless there’s chemistry, the relationship is doomed. We expect to feel whisked off our feet from the very beginning.

What we think we want may not be what we need.

By believing in all the cliches that have been etched into our minds, we may let some guys go too early because they lack a fictional je ne sais quoi.

What we think we want may not be what we need.

We really may need that imperfect guy, the one who doesn’t match a single thing on your dream list.

He may very well be the opposite of absolutely everything you imagined in your future love. He may not be a doctor or an athlete. He may not be the most vulnerable or emotionally expressive human.

He might not have baby blues, or be tall, dark and handsome. He may not be the grand romantic gesture guy or remember the little things. He may not be anything like what you think you want, he could just be the guy you need.

Chemistry is complicated, both in school and in love. But there are a few ways to build chemistry in a relationship.

1. Sweat, baby, sweat.

Exercising together releases those feel-good endorphins, resulting in more excitement about doing the dirty.

Exercise is also known to boost your self-esteem, allowing both people to be more comfortable around one another. So go rock climbing on your next date and see if you feel any different about your guy.

2. Imagine you don’t have him yet.

Being hard to get is a powerful feeling, the perceived obstacle is sexy. We always want what we can’t have, like that slice of cake we’ve decided was not in our January diet plan.

So if your date is too nice and available, try to imagine that there is something standing between the two of you. Suggest he do a boys’ weekend trip and send yearning texts when you begin to miss him.

It might just do the trick to give yourself some space and time to miss him for the elusive spark to appear.

3. Make fantasies work in your favor.

It’s completely common to be dating a great guy, but be sexually turned on by all the bad boys. That doesn’t mean you can’t at least mentally picture yourself with a Ryan Atwood if you’re dating a Seth Cohen.

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Let your fantasies about being tied up run free. Don’t feel guilty about your sexual fantasies. If you are choosing to be intimate with a guy, it’s perfectly normal to let your mind wander elsewhere, even to other guys.

4. Experiment with different locations.

If you’ve fooled around at your place and it felt like kissing your brother, try his place to see if the results are any better. The change in scenery may ignite something inside you both that wasn’t there before.

There obviously comes a point when we should just stop forcing someone that isn’t going to happen. Let’s not dismiss guys after the first date that lacked chemistry.

Allow yourself the time to let it evolve and develop. However, there is a line between giving a guy a chance and hanging on too long.

If after five to six intimate dates, you still feel like your making out with your best guy friend, or worse, your brother, you have my permission to move on.

For those of us who don’t believe in love at first sight, or at least haven’t had it happen to us yet, let’s talk about the slow burn of attraction.

If you feel this way on the date, you can just give up on him.

In my new dating life, a problem I’m dealing with a lot is the disappointment I feel when I don’t get that sparky feeling with a guy. Which is basically always. The way I see it, on a formal first date (by which I mean with a person you don’t know well yet, like an online date or a setup), there are three possible outcomes:

  1. You know immediately he’s not for you. Next!
  2. You hit it off right away and can’t wait to see him again (please please let him feel the same).
  3. You enjoy his company but you’re just not sure you’re feeling the spark.

For me–a love at first sight non-believer–number 3 is the most frequent scenario. I’ve rarely experienced numbers 1 or 2 (luckily and sadly, respectively). I think in most cases, it’s pretty rare to know whether or not you have real dating potential with someone after only a few hours. My question is, how long of a chance do you think you have to give the spark to develop? You don’t want to miss out on something that could end up being great, but you don’t want to get too tangled up in something if there’s no chemistry, right?

This is a loose set of rules I live by when it comes to letting love try to grow:

You can’t call it quits after a decent first date. Nerves can make people act and feel unnatural. If you really enjoyed chatting with him but just aren’t sure it felt romantic, go out with him again. You’re not going to regret spending some more time with a decent guy, even if sparks don’t develop. But if they do, squee!

You absolutely can call it quits after a miserable first date (or even before it). If you’ve been single for a long time and/or heard the old “You’re just too picky” advice (blech), you may feel pressured to keep an open mind. An open mind is good, but you know how people who hit it off right away are like, “When you know, you know” and you’re like, “Shut up you lucky brat”? Well, you can know something isn’t right too. Don’t go out with someone you just know it isn’t going to happen with. It’s not worth your time or his. That also applies to guys you haven’t even met yet (like the dude who emailed me via OKCupid but used the dreaded C word to refer to women in his profile. See ya never!)

Choosing between my current boyfriend and another guy?

Before I met my boyfriend I had talked to Lee for a few months my freshman year of college. Over Christmas break, we stopped talking.

My boyfriend, John and I have been together for 3 years, since freshman year of college. We lived together my junior and senior year. We also have a dog together. Things have been going great for the most part. The only problems I have is that my boyfriend is lazy. He failed out of his classes and hasn’t done anything since then. He works 4 hours a week. I pay the rent for him and myself. We had plans to go to my hometown where i already have a job lined up and he was supposed to get a job. He hasn’t done anything to even look for a job. I love his family and my family loves him, we know everything about each other and talk about getting married.

Back to Lee, a few days before graduation he started talking to me and admitted that he stopped talking to me freshman year because he was scared of how serious things were getting and was scared to commit. since then he has had other girlfriends, but said that all he was looking for is to have a girl just like me and that i have always been on the back of his mind and he was still all about me. I admitted that I still had feelings for him but that I already had a great thing going for me. We text a lot and he is the only one who knows the situation I am in. He offers his support no matter who I choose and said he will always be there for me no matter what.

I dont know who to choose, because I really do love my boyfriend and can’t even believe I am having feelings for Lee. But Lee is truly a great guy. I am comfortable with John and we have a lot going for us, but his laziness has always bothered me. The hardest part of this is that we have a dog together that we both love.

Please help!

Does Having A Crush Mean That You Should Break Up With Your Partner?

We’re always hearing that we could be having better sex, a better orgasm, or a better relationship. But how often do we hear the nitty-gritty of how we can actually better understand our deepest desires and most embarrassing questions? Bustle has enlisted Vanessa Marin, a sex therapist, to help us out with the details. No gender, sexual orientation, or question is off limits, and all questions will remain anonymous. Please send your sex and relationship inquiries to [email protected] Now, onto today’s topic: what to do if you’re tempted to end your relationship to try things out with a crush.

Q: “I started dating my boyfriend seven years ago, when I was 18 (he’s 5 years older than me).

Recently, I’ve developed a major crush on someone at work. We have such amazing chemistry, and I can’t help but imagine what a relationship would be like with him. In fact, we’ve already had a few close calls, where it seemed like something was going to happen between us.

I love my boyfriend with all my heart, but this is my first relationship of any kind. I worry about the fact that he’s my first and only partner. I really, really don’t want to be the 45-year-old wife that cheats on her husband because she never knew what other men were like in bed or in a relationship.

But I also worry that I’m m getting in over my head. I know the grass is always greener on the other side.

Can I ‘temporarily’ break up with my boyfriend to test other waters, but still expect him to take me back with open arms if and when things with this new guy don’t work out? Or should I ignore this crush?”

A: You’re in a really tough position right now, and I don’t blame you for feeling so torn and confused. There aren’t any easy or clear-cut answers here, but I can help you work through your thoughts a bit more before deciding what to do.

Crushes Are Normal…

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First, I want to point out that it’s totally normal and natural to have a crush on someone else, even while you’re in a relationship with someone you love. Most people seem to think that having a crush while dating someone else is a sign that the relationship is over, but that’s just not true. You’re always going to have chemistry with other people; the trick is understand what you do with that chemistry. If you’re monogamously committed to your partner, you don’t act on your crushes.

…And They Can Be Informative

Having a crush doesn’t mean that your relationship is doomed, but crushes can help shed light on things that may be missing from your relationship. Do you get something from your friendship with your crush that you aren’t currently getting (or have never gotten) from your boyfriend? Are you excited by the possibility of a fling with your crush, or by the possibility of starting another serious relationship? Before you met your crush, how were things between you and your boyfriend? Do you feel valued by your boyfriend? Do the two of you spend enough quality time together? Do you have good communication? Have you been active about maintaining a healthy sex life?

You’re Never Going To Feel Totally Settled

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You did meet your boyfriend at a very young age, so it makes sense that you have some questions about what life would be like with other partners. But I also want to point out that you’re always going to have “what if” questions lurking in the back of your mind. Even if you had started dating your boyfriend when you were 25 and had already had lots of previous relationships, you’d still wonder what it would have been like to sleep with someone else, or to pursue a crush.

Plus, it’s not like you’re ever going to have a specific point where you realize you’re “done” testing the waters. You’re never going to be able to know when you’re “done” having flings, relationships, or other romantic or sexual experiences. Odds are, you’re never going to feel 100 percent confident that it’s time to settle down. That’s just life!

Think Through Each Possibility

The main thing you should do is game out each of these two potential scenarios. What would it be like to continue your relationship with your boyfriend, without taking action with your crush? What would it be like to end your relationship with your boyfriend, and try to start something with your crush?

Start with your boyfriend. Where do you see this relationship going? You mentioned that you don’t want to be a cheating wife in 20 years, but you never specifically said that you want to marry your boyfriend. Do you actually see your relationship heading in that direction? If you can’t see yourself having a future with him, this crush maybe a sign that your relationship with your boyfriend, as great as it has been, has run its course.

Then think about what it would be like to give things a shot with your crush. Are you positive he’s actually into you? Do you know he wants to be in a relationship? What would it be like for you if things fizzled out with him quickly?

You Can Test The Waters…

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If you really feel strongly that you need to pursue something with your crush, you can always end your relationship. Sometimes we do meet people at really inconvenient periods in our lives.

… But You Can’t Expect Your Partner To Wait For You

If you do break up with your boyfriend to pursue this crush, don’t expect your boyfriend to be waiting for you if or when things end with the crush. That’s like telling him, “I like you, but I don’t think you’re good enough for me. Will you just hang out here while I try to find someone who is better than you?” No self-respecting person would wait in a situation like that.

Give Yourself Time

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One of the confusing things about crushes is that they’re so intense, they make it feel like you need to take action on them right away. But the truth is that there’s no reason why you need to act right now. You have time to make a decision, and you should give yourself time. You’ve been with your boyfriend for seven years. Ending a long relationship over a crush you’ve had for a few weeks doesn’t just have the potential to be a bad idea — it would be disrespectful.

So give yourself time. Keep away from tempting situations with your crush, and see what happens to your feelings as time goes on. Oftentimes, you’ll find that the feelings fade away surprisingly quickly.

Josh Willink

“I came to life when I first kissed you. The best me has his arms around you. You make me better than I was before, thank God I’m yours. The worst me is just a long gone memory. You put a new heartbeat inside of me.” –Russal Dickerson

One morning you leaned over and said, “There are billions of people in this world. What made you choose me?”

You’re so very right – there are billions of people in this world, but not one of them is you. You see, with you, I am more me than I have ever been before. In a room full of people the only thing I would see are those crystal blue eyes. It is in your presence that I feel at peace. It’s where everything makes so much sense.

I chose you because when you smile, my whole world lights up.

I chose you because you kiss away all of my fears.

I chose you because you value me.

I chose you because we have so much fun together.

I chose you because you have the most genuine heart.

I chose you because you fail to make me laugh.

I chose you because you make love so effortless.

I chose you because say “good morning, beautiful” every day.

I chose you because you send electricity up my spine when you kiss me.

I chose you because you make me want to better myself.

I chose you because you’re perfectly imperfect.

I chose you because you validate my effort.

I chose you because I can picture you being a supportive husband.

I chose you because you have a magnificent mind.

I chose you because I think the world of you.

I chose you because your soul is the best thing in the universe.

I chose you because you have an undefeatable spirit that just keeps giving.

I chose you because you make me feel like the only girl in the world.

I chose you because you chose me.

I chose you because you’re talented.

I chose you because you’re full of life.

I chose you because you are so inanely intelligent.

I chose you because I trust you.

I chose you because I felt safe with you from the start.

I chose you because you were so patient with me.

I chose you because you love my heart.

I chose you because you love your family.

I chose you because of your relationship with God.

I chose you because of those perfect eyes.

I chose you because nobody else compares.

I chose you because you make reality better than any dream I ever had.

So, if you find yourself second-guessing this is what I want you to know. I want you to know that I will always choose you.

I will choose you over and over again. I will choose you without a doubt, without hesitation, without fear, and with every beat of my heart.

I will never stop choosing you.

I Chose You Because…

I never expected for any of this to happen. I never expected to wake up one day, and run into you. I never knew you were right there in front of me. But, everyday, I am so thankful for finding you. There are so many people in this world, and you always remind me why you chose me. So, I thought I would tell you all the reasons that I chose you.

I chose you because…

When I was hurt and down, you were the one there to listen. Through the ugly tears and the senseless crying, you listened to me and even though the situation wasn’t solved, you assured me that it was going to be okay. Even if I insisted that it would not be okay time and time again, you never gave up. You were there.

I chose you because…

We were friends. We were the best of friends. Our ability to just be around other people and enjoy ourselves. We were friends. Often, people jump and miss the friends stage. But, I believe that is the purest stage before a relationship. It allows you to grow as individuals before you begin to be together. I love hanging out with all of our friends in a group, just laughing and being there with everyone. We would always talk about our friends in relationships tat would always isolate themselves from the group, never spending time as friends. I’m glad we aren’t those people.

I chose you because…

Of that laugh. The little gasp of air you do in between each soft laugh brings a rush of happiness to my face. No matter what is going on in my head or in this world, I look up, see that smile and suddenly, everything seems a little less bad. I love seeing that laugh when I say something silly or we watch a funny video together. That laugh can light up the world, and I feel so fortunate that we have been able to share countless laughs together.

I chose you because…

You love more than anyone I have ever met. You are always willing to give people the benefit of the doubt, even when they don’t deserve it. You are so full of compassion and I see the way you care about your friends and your family. You love them so much and always put others before yourself. It is remarkable to see someone so full of love. You love me even when I don’t realize it.

I chose you because…

You take note of the little things. The way my hair is done, when I’m wearing a new sweater, the crazy dream I had two weeks ago that you still remember. All of these things seem so trivial, but to me, they mean the world. It shows me you care and you listen to what I say, not just hear it. I love the way your hand rests on the small of my back when we are laying down and watching tv. I love the way you brush your hands through my hair when you’re looking into my eyes. I love when you find my hand just so it can rest with yours. These seemingly minuscule moments throughout the day are some of the most precious memories I have. It’s all about the little things.

I chose you because…

You’ve never asked for me to be anyone else. You accepted me with open arms, as is. You took me with all the flaws that you keep insisting that I don’t have, and you showed me what self-love is. You make me feel comfortable and I never feel embarrassed to be me around you. You’re the only one that sees my atrocious singing and my random dance moves. You always join in, and we are just two people who are having fun, together. You bring out the best in me, make me feel on top of the world every day.

I chose you because…

You push me. You motivate me to achieve greatness that I didn’t even know was possible. You challenge me mentally, physically, academically. You inspire me to run that extra half mile on the treadmill today. You inspire me to study just a little longer for that biology test just so I can get an A- and not a B+. You inspire me to make new connections, meet new people everyday. You don’t doubt my abilities to have a career in my major. Even though every one looks at me with confusion when I explain that i am studying neuroscience, you are always there to remind me that I can do it, even when my brain is trying to convince me otherwise. You motivate me to get back up after falling down time and time again.

I chose you because you chose me.

No matter what, I will always thank you for being the person that made me who I am today. You are intended for greatness in this world, and please know that the love you have for life will take you so far. Love can change the world, and you truly believe that. And that, perhaps, is the reason I chose you.

To The BEST BOYFRIEND Ever

I chose him not only because he chose me as well but because he chose to see the painful parts of loving me.

I chose him not only to fill up the missing parts of me but because he chose to hold my hand and make things right even if I am almost hopeless about living.

I chose him because he saw the best parts of being me in my own world.

He made me feel like a brand new person which I never felt from anyone else before.

I chose him because I believed in his potential to stay with me even if the world will disagree.

I chose him because I saw his tears fill up his eyes and that felt phenomenal and real.

It was one of those truths about him that he’s afraid to lose me.

I chose him because I know his weaknesses and it complements my weaknesses too.

I chose him because everything fell into its right places even if some days will be rough.

I chose him because he was never meant to be perfect but the best partner I could pray for.

I would still choose him if I have to live again in a different life.

If you have to choose between me and her

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