In this Instagram world of carefully posed pictures of perfection (try saying that ten times fast) it’s no wonder no one wants to admit that they’re in the wrong relationship. Having found myself in defective relationships more than I’d care to admit, I once wrote myself a list of all the warning signs I should have taken heed of-long before I built the courage to do so.
“Mum, I swear, he is normally so lovely and sensitive. He’s having a hard time at work.” “Mum, I swear, he is so kind to me, he just had a fight with his parents so he’s feeling stressed.”
“Mum…He’s actually just an arsehole.”
You get my drift. The moment you start making excuses to your family about your man’s dodgy behaviour…#HeAintTheOne.
Haven’t we all been there? He’s the hottie with the body that makes you look at your friends like this…
You could stare at him like the total weirdo you are for months on end until…you realise that he despite being really ridiculously good looking, he is really, ridiculously boring. He whinges about everything and ‘Mens Health’ magazines are his go to source of information. You thought you could deal with his personality in return for some beautiful couple shots #Shallow but looking into yourself real deep like, you know #HeAintTheOne
If you haven’t come across this charming fellow, give yourself a pat on the back. Seriously, well done you for avoiding/escaping the clutches of THE WORST DUDE EVER. In the beginning, he is Mr. Charming (Think Harvey Spector from ‘Suits’ but not as hot). He sends flowers to your work, calls you 10 times a day, parades you around like a new toy. However, while he has you distracted by something shiny, he is working on his plan for ULTIMATE DESTRUCTION. All of a sudden, you’re working out twice a day to lose those extra kilos you’ve been carrying around. Your hair is getting lighter and lighter to match the girls he is always oggling at. You spend your weekend nights crying at 3am because he’s not home and you just don’t understand why he hates you so much. You begin to doubt every thought in your mind because he has slowly been chipping away at your self esteem…and suddenly you realise…
When you break free of the spell you have been under, you’ll realise that his manipulative ways are a reflection of the broken person he is. Luckily for you, you’re free. #HeAintTheOne
Quick sticks boy. It’s been 2 weeks but you guys are definitely in love. It’s been 3 weeks but you 100% know that this is the right time to move in with him. It’s been a month but you should absolutely definitely GET THE EFF OUTTA THERE cos this is a classic case of QUICKSTICKS-ITIS.
Nothing real ever feels rushed. Be wary of anything that you get the urge to do in haste. Usually, it’s your heart trying to move so fast before your head catches up and tells your heart off for being so darn irresponsible. #HeAintTheOne
Look, I’m only 26 therefore my advice is purely based on my limited life experiences and the ridiculous precedent my parent set by having the world’s most loving, romantic relationship BUT these things I know for sure: The one will be kind to the people you love. He’ll listen to your Dad’s long winded stories and smile because he wants your old man to like him. He’ll trim the hedges in your front lawn so your Mum doesn’t have to pay to have it done. He’ll help your sister with her uni assignments and he’ll bond with your brother over sports. He’ll call you out when you’re wrong but accept your apologies without holding things over your head. He won’t rush your relationship because he wants to take the time to really get to know you. You’ll laugh together and cry together and you’ll hurt each other but never on purpose unless he does that annoying thing when he makes loud drinking noises and then you’re allowed to pinch him.
Don’t settle for anything less.