There's no one right way to be in a relationship with someone, but if movies, cards, and music videos for songs accompanied by a ukulele are to be believed, they involve a whole lot of mush. But that is not how every relationship operates! Some of us just aren't touchy-feely people, and when two of those people gloriously find love, it can mean they do their relationship a little differently.
1. You're never sure what to do during tender moments.
Uhh, is a high five the appropriate way to respond to a declaration of love? What about a handshake? On second thought, a handshake might be too much.
2. There was a lot of uncomfortable cuddling at the beginning of the relationship before you both admitted the truth.
Neither of you could fake it for much longer, and it was around about the fourth straight episode of Stranger Things you spent watching in a stiff, uncomfortable embrace that you two finally admitted that cuddling just wasn't your thing.
3. Valentine's Day forces you to be mushy.
If there wasn't pressure for your relationship to be mushy and cuddly before, there definitely is on Valentine's Day. Pretty sure there's no way to have chocolate, flowers, AND a nice dinner without at least some hand-holding.
4. Your friend's wedding feels like one long PDA festival.
If you get past the romantic music and heartfelt vows, there's still a whole night of dancing.
5. Sharing a bed just means you're both hogging it.
The upside of not cuddling? You guys can both sleep in realistic positions. The downside? Those positions do not work well together in the same full-size bed.
6. You don't know how to pose in photos.
It's like, "Oh no, we should probably put our arms around each other, right? Otherwise it might look like we're in a fight. Ugh, is the camera picking up how uncomfortable I look? Have they even taken the photo yet?"
7. Which is why you have, like, zero photos together.
Sure, your mom is upset that she doesn't have photos to gush over with her work friends, but she'd probably be more upset if she saw how awkward they actually looked.
8. When you go out together, someone at the bar always thinks you're single.
Not being all over each other can lead to some uncomfortable misunderstandings. Your typical night out involves beer, nachos, a spilled glass of wine, and the awkward, "Oh, sorry, I'm actually here with my boyfriend/girlfriend" convo with a stranger.
9. Seeing PDA in the wild feels like the world is trying to tell you something.
Get a room!!! What are they trying to say? Should you guys be doing that? It's just too much.
10. Going on double dates can be torture.
The last thing you need is to directly compare your relationship to someone else's. While this is true for all couples, it's especially awkward for your less-than-snuggly relationship to be juxtaposed next to your two canoodliest friends.
11. You have to convince your friends that just because they can't see your love doesn't mean it isn't real.
The heart of every relationship exists in those private moments between you and your partner, so when you guys aren't that big on PDA, people on the outside may not understand. Of course, if they're good friends, they'll believe you when you say you're happy with a relationship that allows you to be totally yourself.
12. Strangers always refer to your S.O as your "friend."
Yes, you and your "friend" would like a table for two. Yes, you share an apartment with your "friend." Yes, those condoms are you and your "friend's" favorite.
13. Or even worse, your sibling.
Nope. That's 50 shades of wrong and now you have to find a way to end this conversation.
14. You're pretty much the only ones who understand the relationship.
But that's kind of the best. Yeah, your relationship may not make sense to other people, but it's perfect for you.
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