1 You make Spotify playlists with cute-ass titles for them. Sure, making one for yourself to put on while you’re getting ready to go to da club (Do people still go there? Does da club still have people in it? Probably, right? Anyway, moving on.) is fun, but making one for someone to show him your true, totally indescribable feelings is next-level and stupidly fun to make.
2 All manner of cooking, baking, food preparation, what-have-you is like a two-person culinary adventure. Normally I find cooking and baking totally boring and annoying because when I get home I just want to put food in my face that I did not have to chop or sauté or really even put on a plate … but when you’re doing any of those things with someone you love, it’s like you’re making little food children together. You know that you can also later Instagram and eat and congratulate each other for making such cute stuff together via kisses. Nothing can match this. Nothing.
3 You can finally watch a romantic comedy without rolling your eyes because you finally know it is possible to actually be that happy. When you’re single, kooky comedies with schmaltzy soundtracks are either like a beacon of hope or a death machine hammer to the face. But when you’re in love with someone, it’s so much easier to see the cuteness in those plots and to know that everything will work out well because, to you, everything always does because you are stupidly in <3.
4 You can finally like all those Facebook wedding announcements without even a small trace of loathing and jealousy. Gone are the days of scrolling your Facebook feed and whispering ‘ugh’ and begrudgingly clicking ‘like’ on the posts of your 19 000 friends who are all getting engaged as you continue to eat a whole bag of chips. Now that you’re super-happy with someone, it seems less like every couple is out to punish you with their incessant happiness, and more like you’re part of a group of people who are all finding love and winning at life. It sounds gross but it’s really, really not.
5 Sex is so next-level that it’s insane. I’m not downplaying the fun that can be had by screwing a stranger in the back of a seedy bar after a few cocktails because he’s super-hot and when are you going to see abs like that again? Probably not in this century. But once you’ve had sex with someone you actually care about and truly know and feel actually connected to, you quickly begin to see that casual sex is definitely like eating supermarket sushi after you’ve had sushi in Japan – no matter how good it is, it’s always going to taste a little gross.
6 Even if everything goes wrong in the last two hours of work, you know it’s going to be okay because as soon you get off work, you get to see your person. You can get yelled at or not finish something that you tried to finish but you had too many things to do or get treated like crap by a customer, but at the end of the day, you still have some hot dude waiting for you, probably with ice cream, so who cares.
7 Texting is like a beautiful wonderland full of inside jokes and actual trust instead of panic attacks because they didn’t write back within two minutes and are probably definitely cheating. It is so incredibly nice to be beyond that crap and off the medication you were taking specifically because of that.
8 There’s nothing more exciting than getting the love of your life a present you know for a fact they’ll love. While everyone else is having an exhausting time shopping for someone they kind of like, sort of, it’s iffy, you’re so stoked to buy him the DVD he keeps talking about buying but never actually buys because he’s hanging out with you all the time, and neither of you wants to spend that glorious time inside of a DVD store.
9 Hearing another couple’s ‘how we met’ story reminds you how cute your ‘how we met’ story is instead of what it used to remind you of, which is that you haven’t met anyone cool and probably never will, so #sweatpants life forever.
10 Seeing couples on the street makes you all, ‘Aww, they’re so cute together’. When I’m in love with someone, every single couple is an extension of me, so I’m like, ‘Aww, I hope you guys last forever! Have a beautiful day, friends!’ but when I’m not in love, I wish all couples would move to an island because it is not cool to show me that if I cannot also have it. Rude.
11 Hearing someone mention your crappy ex breezes past your ears like it’s a pointless wind. It no longer matters if he’s happy or sad or single or coupled or married or getting a promotion because he’s not Your Person. Plus, you can also kind of be that adult who is like, ‘Aw, I wish him the best!’ And actually mean it. You know, kind of.
This article was originally published on Cosmopolitan.com