Oh, the honeymoon stage — don’t we all just love it. It’s filled with heart-pounding love, infatuation, lust, exhilaration, and more smiles than you can count. It feels like a fantasy world we never want to leave.
Unfortunately, as they say, all good things must come to an end. This is the case for the honeymoon stage, too. But you’re entering into a new phase of your relationship. Your partnership is changing, but this doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. With change comes growth. And, boy oh boy, will your relationship grow. Here’s a little more insight on the process, and how it’s actually even better.
LET IT GO
LET THE FIGHTING BEGIN
Let out your freak flag and wave it proudly. It’s refreshing when you can finally sing as loud as you want, even when you sound like a bad “American Idol” reject. Or, being able to pop those pimples right beside your lover. Your partner loves you for you, so bust out those crazy dance moves and get down with your weird self.
Spending 24/7 with your mate is in the past now. You’ve somehow made your way back to your friends and doing things on your own a bit more. This is actually a positive part of your relationship because you are keeping your independence. Going out with the ladies on a Friday night is starting to be a nice break from your usual routine. And even though your time together might be cut down, you will cherish the quality time you two are spending together.
LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX, BABY
Honesty is always the best policy. And, in this case, you’re starting to become more and more honest with each other. That means you’re starting to tell your boyfriend your real opinion about his best friend. Or maybe you’re ready to tell your girlfriend you don’t really like sushi all that much. When the honeymoon starts to fade away, your honest opinion gets the stage.
THE REAL YOU
This is when you go to the gym before seeing each other, and whoops, you forgot to shower. You’ve stopped wearing as much makeup, and you’ve forgotten what a red lip even looks like anymore. You are now showing the good, the bad, and the real you. How nice is this phase? You don’t have to spend so much time on your outer appearance because you know your mate’s love isn’t based off of that. So throw away those fake lashes and say hello to true, real love.
Date nights are a thing of the past. Instead of making a reservation for 8 p.m. at your favorite Italian restaurant, you’ll be making a date with the drive-thru at McDonalds. And, maybe going to the movies now looks like you two binge watching “Breaking Bad” together. These things are perfectly normal and common. Just remember to plan a special date night every once in a while.