5 Things Third-Wheelers Know To Be True

5 Things Third-Wheelers Know To Be True

Everyone has felt like a third wheel at some point in their lives, you're not alone.
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Chances are that you have been or felt like the third wheel at some point in your life. Having two best friends that are dating can put you in an awkward position. And even though being a third wheel may feel like the loneliest place on earth, you're not alone!

1. You have the benefit off having two best friends.

A lot of people go their entire lives looking for that friendship that will last through the test of time, and few people ever find someone that they can call their best friend. You, on the other hand, have the ability to say that you have two best friends, that you love equally.

2. You learn how to solve relationship problems

When your friends get into a fight, you're most likely going to be caught in the middle of it. Although it may be annoying and stressful because you don't want to come in between them, you learn how to solve problems in a mature manner. This problem solving skill not only comes in handy in your friendship triangle situation, but in every relationship in your life, currently and in the future.

3. The opportunity to have a double date is ALWAYS there.

Having friends that are dating couldn't be any better when it comes to your own dating life. Now you can make first dates less awkward by bringing your two biggest supporters, and of course you need to get their approval before dating anyone. Killing two birds with one stone.

4. You have to deal with PDA. All day.

PDA comes along with being in a relationship, especially in the beginning stages. It is just something that you have to deal with, because you love them and are happy that they are happy. Putting up with the excessive amounts of PDA is your way of saying "I love you", which is much more personal than eating someone's face off.

5. At the end of the day, you could always be the 5th wheel.

There are times you feel left out and lonely, but always remember that you could be the fifth wheel! This picture makes being a third wheel look like something beyond amazing.

At the end of the day, they are your best friends and no matter what happens they will be there for you. Maybe one day side walks will be wide enough for three.

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An Open Letter To My Boyfriend's Mom

I know he must have been a handful growing up, and she deserves a million thank you's from me.
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I’m proud to say that I am one of the lucky ones. Although he isn’t perfect (and I’m glad he isn’t and I don’t want him to be), I’ve found a guy I never want to let go of. But no matter how charismatic and wonderful I think he is, I owe it all to the woman who raised him. I know he must have been a handful growing up, and she deserves a million thank you's from me.

Thank you for teaching him respect—not just towards women, but to anyone and everyone he encounters. Listening to him address strangers with “ma’am” and “sir” melts my heart just as much as him holding the door open for me at the restaurant or complimenting me with “beautiful” instead of “hot”.

Thank you for teaching him how to treat a woman. You and I both know that he puts up a front of being tough but he is honestly the biggest teddy bear anyone could ever meet. He has the biggest heart, and despite the many silly arguments he and I may have, not a day goes by that he doesn’t make me feel loved or special.

Thank you for raising him in Christ. Being with someone who shares the same love I have for Jesus is one of the greatest blessings. I’ll forever cherish sitting together in the church pew on Sunday mornings and our deep conversations about why God created the stars.

Thank for teaching him how to do laundry. I think you’ve saved me in the long run.

Thank you for teaching him the value of hard work. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone with as much perseverance, drive, and dedication before, especially when it comes to washing the dishes.

Thank you for sitting through all those rainy football games. Thank you for giving up your weekends to watch basketball. Thank you for travelling hours to support his baseball career. Although I am most certainly not as much of a sports fanatic as he is, it’s nice being able to watch and learn about his passions, as well as hearing stories from his "glory days".

But most of all, thank you for allowing me to date him and always making me feel like a part of your family. You are one of the sweetest women I know, and you have raised a once in a lifetime kind of son.

I know to you, he will always be the messy little boy who loves to fish and catch baseballs, and I want you to know that I love him with all of my heart, and because of you, I have found someone I wish to love for the rest of my life. I only hope to do as great of a job of loving and caring for him as you have done for his whole life.

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Sorry Guys, But The Way Things Are Going, A Career Will Beat Love Any Day

Remind yourself that you are in control of your own feelings, your thoughts, and your life.

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It all began with a couple of sentences. Professor spoke, "To overcome self-doubt; what are we afraid of, who are we afraid of, why can't we own that experience, and what are you supposed to choose. Work or love?"

Initially, when I was writing this, I was in a very dark place. I was at a school I had no interest in being at because I did not care enough to tend for my high school grades. I was unhappy and upset so looking back at my original answer to the question, it may slightly vary as I sit here writing it now. I am finally at peace with myself and found a happy medium.

Personally, I am afraid of love. How do you know when you've found the right one? For years I thought my parents' love was everlasting. Always seeing divorced families and thinking wow, I really do feel bad, but that will never be me in that position. Here we are 18 going on 19 years of living with both my parents and the tension in the household has never been higher.

In fact, it rises by the minute if they happen to even glance at each other. This entire mess occurred because of this so-called "love." I hate to see my dear mother cry, and I've never seen my father cry, yet here he is breaking down right in front of my eyes. I try to blur it out, create an alternate reality, pretend this is not actually occurring.

It's too much for me to bear the thought of my mom, the woman who brought me to this world, living overseas and only being able to see her twice a year. After 18 years of living with both my parents, it's going to come to an end. But I guess that's just life, and it goes on.

Not only does this happen to adults, but the young adults get a taste of this early in life as well. The whole concept of boyfriend and girlfriend could be considered a miniature marriage. I too have encountered deep sorrow over a male. In this generation, chivalry is six feet under, everything is through technology, no one genuinely cares for anyone but themselves.

Everything has become sexualized. Women are objectified and used. That. Is. All. Girls are being used time and time again for their bodies, but no one stops to admire a beautiful mind, an intelligent mind. I would say that I'm not afraid of anyone, but I'm afraid for myself.

I don't want to be used, I don't want to be heartbroken, I most certainly do not want to end up in my parents' position.

I just want a genuine connection with someone. At this point in my life, if it were up to me to choose between work or love, I would say work. I have such an amazing opportunity in my hands right now. As a full-time student, how I do now will completely decide my future.

A career will beat love any day. If I am an established middle-aged woman who loves her job, I will take that over any relationship. Success is in the near future if I take advantage of the situation I'm in now. A boyfriend will not help me reach my future endeavors, only I can help myself to do that.

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