Many people go blindly into a relationship without realizing what they want or, more importantly, what expectations they have for their partner.As a third wheel, I have seen so many couples disappointed at their expectations never being achieved.
Equality Wheel A strong dating relationship is based on equality and respect, not power and control.
Think about how you want to be treated in a relationship.
We get on our phone and can instantly communicate with one another. I do not know how many times I am going to say this, but it takes time.
It is hard to open up and be vulnerable to another person.
For the majority of my collegiate career, I have been the third wheel.
Whether, I am with my roommate and his girlfriend, my sister, and her boyfriend, or the fifth and seventh wheel with groups of friends, I have always been the “single friend." As the single friend, I have observed a lot of different dating patterns – the highs, lows, and commons pitfalls of relationships.
Being the third wheel teaches you so much about relationships. Granted, I will never have all the answers to what makes a perfectly healthy relationship, but being the outsider looking in, I have seen a lot of the same problems that can arise in a relationship and can offer a unique perspective on how to combat those problems.
As any third wheel would admit, I live through the relationships of my dating friends. So as the “forever-alone” wheel of a tricycle, here are my tips on building better relationships: What is it you actually want from a potential relationship?
Being able to talk to someone face to face with everything is worth more than anything.
From a third wheel, I believe that people want good and serious relationships, but they honestly do not know how to discover one because they aren’t patient enough with the ones they have.
You will come up with a relationship under control, not a relationship that is controlling you.