For the past two weeks I’ve been forcing down your throat a steady diet of everything I’ve ever thought about relationships, and so far no one’s complained (or maybe you have complained a lot, but I haven’t heard it yet).
But I realized there’s no resolution. There’s nothing that leaves you something worth writing anyone home to. In fact, when I read back to my last two editorials, the summaries could be “our relationships are lousy” and “I dated some bullet-points last semester”.
Let me try to assuage your concerns. I do have some resolution this week.
At the same time I debuted my Love List, I also tried to figure out what made a good relationship work. To that end, I came down with three characteristics.
First, I think personalities play a lot into things. Two people need to have personalities that are similar enough to agree on foundations, and different enough to be interesting. I couldn’t deal with dating another Adam Anderson. I’m enough for myself. I don’t think I could deal with the “Anti-Adam Anderson”, either. A 25-75% Adam Anderson would be nice.
Secondly, chemistry is important, too. I’d like to enjoy the person I’m with for some reason that’s beyond explanation. People have a sense we’re together regardless of the personal displays of affection. You all know what I’m talking about. It’s the mysterious “X-Factor”.
Finally, I think timing matters. Dating someone while they’re dating someone else? Cheating. Dating right after they broke up with someone? Rebound. Try dating someone you’ve known for while? Oh, dear friend, chances are you will be banished into the Friend Zone, never to return. There is a window that makes relationships blossom.
So that’s it right? Personality, Chemistry, Timing.
Ready, Set, Go.
Well, no. Otherwise we’d all be married by now.
Over the last two weeks, as I’ve been writing this, I’ve been reminded of my lack of ability to control life. I don’t have any control over the cars speeding down Peach Street, the cranes working on Beyer, the Police next door and a wild shootout that could happen, global warming, or Iran’s nuclear stockpile. I could die the second I walk out of the door.
How did I ever think I could control relationships, then? As much as I’d like to from time to time, I can’t make you into someone I want you to be. I’m stuck with you as you are. As evidenced by the whole death trap outside my apartment, I can’t control timing, and I can’t even explain chemistry well, let alone control it.
You and I, dear people of Gannon University, will never be able to control a relationship. The best we can do is put ourselves in places that will allow the right thing to happen at the right time. I can only be myself and figure everything will get worked out, because I really don’t have the time to stress over things I can’t do anything about.
I feel like you don’t have the time either. So stop worrying. You’re great right now. We all have to walk out of our rooms and face potential doom. In two years, I’ve made it wherever I’ve needed to go.
You will, too.