I have a question. I want to clarify before I begin that this isn’t stemming from some sort of personal vendetta against love or men; I just want to understand where my ideals are coming from. According to Every Chick Flick Ever, the path to happiness involves a guy. Sometimes the story ends in a wedding, sometimes a kiss. Either way, you know that that girl and that guy are going to be together for quite a while. They’re made for each other after all, right?
What I want to know is, what is the point of relationships?
Is there a reason that people want boyfriends and girlfriends?
There’s one school of thought that goes along the lines of thinking that a boyfriend is the stage before husband, that the point of dating is to practice for marriage. Well, I don’t really want to think about getting married right now, so that theory’s out. (My thoughts on marriage are another matter to contend with).
Another theory that I like better is that a boyfriend is someone that you want to spend time with, that you enjoy being around, and trust. So other than physicality, what then differentiates a boyfriend from a very good friend?
Is it love? Because a majority of my friends want boys that they like to be their boyfriends, not boys that they love. Love takes time to develop. But what if you only ever like said boy? What if love just never happens? Then was all that time spent together wasted? I suppose the answer to that depends on what you see the purpose of the relationship to be, which takes us back to the original question.
Is the whole point of being in a relationship with someone only for social purposes? Calling someone your boyfriend puts them in a box where they’re untouchable by other people, which implies that you don’t trust them enough on their own, that you need to be able to claim them to feel secure in the relationship.
Taking another detour, what is a relationship other than a series of interactions? Technically I have a relationship with every person that I come in contact with. Some relationships are just more valuable to me than others. So is the purpose of romantic relationships to give order to the other relationships in life? To create a hierarchy of importance? Maybe I don’t want to have to proclaim to the world who I enjoy spending time with. Maybe I just want to be with the people that I like, and let things happen as they will.
I really wish I could end this with a definite answer, but I don’t have one. I’ve been thinking about this for months, and the answers aren’t coming any clearer. I suppose I should confess that this is motivated by more than just curiosity. There exists a boy whose company I have been enjoying a lot of late. My friends are pressuring me to confront him about the state of our relationship. But how can I ask him for an answer when I don’t understand what the question is?
Does anyone have any thoughts to contribute?