Celebrating the Love Month: A Valentine’s Day Anthology

February is a weird time for everyone.

For all the single people out there, it is just another reminder that you are alone in life and that you are getting old–you need to find someone soon or you’re going to become one of those weird cat ladies. This is why they call the 13th of February “Desperation Day” (yeah, it’s a thing).

For those in a relationship, the love month means a whole host of extra responsibilities. Guys need to not forget about Valentine’s Day or they will be spending their nights on the couch or, worse, on the street. For girls, it’s a time when you do all you can to look extra pretty for your guy and drop hints here and there that you’re gonna have his ass if he forgets (HINT: If he does, break his favorite video game. That ought to teach him a lesson. *cue evil laugh here*)

Well, this blog also knows how to celebrate the love month even though its owner is still loveless at the moment (applications welcome; contact me here), so here’s a collection of the best love-centric blog posts this part-time writer has ever come up with.

The Perfect Girl: Unattainable or Not?

“People don’t fall in love with what’s right in front of them. People want the dream. What they can’t have. The more unattainable, the more attractive.”

This actually represents, quite accurately, the mindset of most people today. People want the unattainable. People thrive on the unattainable. Sometimes I even think that most people get excited by the idea that the person they’re pining for doesn’t even know they exist. This is a weird thing that I don’t actually understand, but that’s not to say that I’m not guilty of it.

This is the human condition. We like something that we can’t get and that makes us excited. In this post, I explore how people nowadays, especially dudes of the Internet, have a lot of ideas regarding the perfect girl, but they set their standards so high that it is impossible for them to reach it, ever. And then they whine about it. It’s a vicious cycle.

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Meeting a Girl, with Coffee

“She sits on the empty chair and sets her things down on the table neatly. By that time, I was already staring unabashedly. Sure, the book might have been what caught my eye at first but despite that, this girl is a veritable head-turner. She wore skinny jeans that weren’t black but also weren’t quite gray, a black shirt, a pink cardigan, and a pair of combat boots. Maybe, when she was choosing what to wear, she wanted to be ready to either charm someone’s socks off or stomp their face in–whatever the situation warranted.

She caught me staring, and she smiled. I thought my brain would melt.

I’ve known terror. I’ve been in pretty horrible situations–I’ve ziplined over valleys, dived from cliffs, and been chased by rabid dogs. Who knew that a pretty girl dragging her chair to my side would incite so much fear in me?

Yes, this is a true story about how horrible I am at meeting girls. And this particular girl I met at a coffee shop, and we got along beautifully. And isn’t that what everyone’s hoping for?

I wrote this post a few months ago and it’s only now that I realized that what happened to me can be summarized into one Augusten Burroughs quote, a quote I’m sure you’re familiar with too:

“I used to feel so alone in the city. All those gazillions of people and then me, on the outside. Because how do you meet a new person? I was very stunned by this for many years. And then I realized, you just say, “Hi.” They may ignore you. Or you may marry them. And that possibility is worth that one word.

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Mamihlapinatapai: The Look of Unspoken, Shared Desire

Mamihlapinatapai is a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other would initiate something that they both desire but which neither wants to begin.

We all know two people who obviously like each other and are made for each other but won’t do anything about it. This is actually very frustrating for everyone on the outside looking in since they want to do something to help their friends but apart from leaving them along for extended periods of time, it’s still up to them to remedy their situation.

I’m also pretty sure that you’ve been part of a relationship like this, where you like a person and you know that that other person likes you back, but you’re still too scared to do anything about it so nothing changes and you just pretend there’s nothing going on. So what’s your story?

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The Nice Guy Syndrome, The Friendzone, and Everything In Between

But what happens if it’s just the guy that is in love with the girl? Or vice-versa? What happens then? People tend to associate all cases like these with the Friendzone when the truth is there are other types of hell other than the Friendzone, and some of them are self-imposed.

In this blog post, I talk about three things: (1) the Nice Guy Syndrome, (2) The Friendzone *shudder*, and (3) how to get out of the Friendzone. These are very different things, and none of them are something you should aspire to be. So read on and make sure that you stay informed. It’s a jungle out there, the dating game will kill you if you’re ignorant, so keep your guard up and your chastity belt locked.

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What Goes Through a Guy’s Head When He’s Falling in Love

For this post I asked a couple of my friends to tell me what they think about when they’re falling in love. You can imagine how awkward that was–a couple of guys talking about love and feelings. It’s as far away from the stereotypical caveman image girls associate with us. But actually guys do talk about things, and it can range from boobs to politics to love and to hate.

This post was born because I was asked by a female friend as to how a guy’s brain works when he’s falling in love. Well, I’m telling you it’s a long and confusing process. Read up to find out exactly what I’m talking about.

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Unusual Date Ideas Your Partner’s Gonna Love

So now, you’ve found your perfect girl and you’re not about to let her get away. It’s the Love Month though, and the pressure is mounting every single day. Have you made your plans? If not, which country are you going to disappear to before she kills you? I hear Yemen is great this time of year.

Here’s the scenario: you’re sitting on the couch with the girl you’re interested in, watching re-runs of Doctor Who (if you may be so lucky) or FRIENDS. You don’t know what to do, and your girl is obviously bored. That’s where it starts. One day, it’s boredom, the next, your girlfriend’s gonna be saying that the ‘spark’ is gone from your relationship. We wouldn’t want that now, would we?

Though the quintessential flowers and chocolates might still work for most girls, it can be considered a bit passé. This blog post includes thirty unusual date ideas that are sure to keep your girl on her toes. Choose one and go with it. Or choose a few then do it for the entire day, or the entire week. Or maybe yet, do one every day for the entire month. That ought to keep both of you happy.

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And that’s it, basically. Six great articles that should help you out this love month.

Don’t say I never did anything for you. *bro fist*

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