I’m going to put this right out there: Some people suck at having friends and dating at the same time.
Have you ever had a friend who just completely disappeared after meeting Mr./Ms. Right(Now)? Maybe you’ve been that friend. Maybe you currently are that friend. Stop that asshattery right this instant.
I get it, and I’m happy for you. You’ve met someone that you just can’t stand to be without. Hell, I have someone in my life that I can’t imagine being apart from. It’s intoxicating. New love is amazing, and you want to just cocoon with your lovenugget until you’re both old, grey, and sick of each other. If you do that, everyone else is going to get sick of you real fast.
Let me tell you something. Not every activity you and your squeeze do together is a date. You’re going to get bagels, you’re not headed to the opera. If you do every single activity that you can think of together, alone, you are annoying to all of your friends who still kind of want to see you every once in a while.
Once you sequester yourselves, you will stop getting invitations to any and all other activities, unless they’re double dates. Double dating is fine and dandy, but remember your single friends? Yeah, they feel like shit when you don’t have time to see them anymore now that you’ve pair bonded. Step away from your lovenugget for one hot second and make some plans.
Furthermore, everything you do with your beloved does not have to be a “date.” You can invite other people on these outings and make an effort to make them feel comfortable and included. Believe me, it works. Haven’t you people ever seen How I Met Your Mother??
This is a wakeup call. Think about the last time you went out with a good friend. Think about the last time you tried to include someone else in your plans with your lovenugget. If you can’t remember, pick up your damn phone and send some texts… Because it’s never too late.
PS: I used the terms “lovenugget”, “squeeze”, and “beloved” because I couldn’t think of any gender-neutral pronouns besides “ou” and some people would be confused by that. Your lovenugget don’t gotta conform to gender stereotypes and neither do you.