So the other day, I spoke on partners and the difference between being a lover and a friend. Obviously, every relationship needs a friendship so why is it that you are just so awesome that you aren’t inevitably chose? There’s the more obvious ones; attraction and deal breakers but then there’s the much undersold element of “maintenance”; sometimes you are just so chill one doesn’t take you seriously. We hear people
bitch talk about the friendzone and the perils of being nice to someone who won’t sleep with you. For what its worth, I consider myself pretty low maintenance and I’ve also seen it backfire in my own face. So afraid to ruffle feathers or put my foot down then I either ended up resentful or neatly put away….way over there….in a corner…by myself.
Too often we downplay standards, avert expectations; you still single, take some search filters off. Then you find someone who you didn’t really want in the first place and to add insult to injury you’re bending over backwards to hold on to this relationship which wasn’t remotely what you ordered. Why? Because you didn’t want to be high maintenance or too good. The Steve Harveys of the world continue to preach said logic, especially to women because an ain’t shit man is still a man…its get chose or get froze out here. Sometimes you just settle into that mindset on your own, and maybe its not important he texts “come thru” in lieu of formally asking out, yeah let’s just see where things go even though you’re obviously seeing other people. Sure you can ignore me for weeks at a time and who am I to even question it. Netflix, video games, football I’m with it. Fast forward and they complaining to you about the high maintenance person they ARE dating and you’re like….I thought you wanted the opposite of that. I thought you wanted…me. (The memories…. Ouch….)
We’re a capitalist society, we equate price to quality. We love bargains and open box specials but we also know the value of things. So while we might trample over the elderly and small children the day after being thankful for what we own already to get a $200 40″ TV, that same TV offered for $1000 on a regular Tuesday, we probably won’t bother, $100; we grow suspicious. Applying that logic, the super high strung people usually price themselves out (or snag someone who tends to overcompensate) and the super chill low maintenance person with no standards.. you tend to wonder what’s their deal? They come off as pushovers or desperate and it turns people off
Why? Because relationships require maintenance and deep down we need to maintain. Low maintenance for lack of a better word….is boring. That doesn’t mean crazy is passion but often the line is blurred between chill and apathy, courting and fraternizing, compromising and convenient. Being like one of the homies, like a brother, a long distance partner, a friend with benefit none of these things are terrible things to be but none of them are long term dating prospects either. They’re just what they are…easy, expedient, and equitable.