Dating someone who you’re friends with can either be the best decision you’ve ever made or literally the worst thing ever.
Incase you’re thinking of doing it, and need a simple way to understand it, here’s how it’s just like online shopping.
Being in the friend zone = being added to basket
“friend zone” (noun, informal)
A situation in which a friendship exists between two people, one of whom has an unreciprocated romantic or sexual interest in the other.
Example: “I always wind up in the friend zone, watching them pursue other guys”
The friend zone is a foreign country, they do things differently there. It’s a lawless and desolate place, no one really knows the rules or where the exits are (a bit like Ikea.)
Being in the friend zone is just like being a garment of clothing that’s added to the basket in an online store, with no indication of whether it will be bought or left on the virtual shelf.
You might be perfect for the person, but they just can’t afford you right now, or maybe they think they’ll commit to you when they’re a bit older, or they might like having you around, but in the back of their mind they know you won’t fit.
You're not going to add me to the basket and then not checkout for two years.
— Phoebe Parke (@PhoebeParke) June 29, 2016
The garment always looks different once you take it home = the actual reality of dating a friend
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve bought something online and it’s looked completely different once I tried it on at home.
If you do decide to release someone from the friend zone and date them, I can guarantee it will be completely different than you expected it to be.
All those things you found funny and cute to begin with are about to get on your last nerve, in exactly the same way that those skinny jeans that looked cute online actually cut off your circulation in real life.
Returns are a nightmare and you need to give a reason = the awful break up
After ripping open the package in excitement at having new clothes, you now have to find said packaging, piece it back together and find the slip of paper with the return postal label (if they even provide one.)
We can be so excited about a new relationship that we never plan for it not going quite as we expected.
Sometimes we end up having to pay the cost, and just like the checkboxes on the return slip (What was wrong with this garment? Wrong size? Didn’t look as it did on the website? Poor quality?) we usually have to explain why we don’t want to keep dating the person.
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“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14