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12 Outdated Relationship Rules To Say Goodbye To

When it comes to love, there are no rules. Even so, we continue to follow the age-old relationship rules because everyone else around us thinks it is the right thing to do. You need to understand that not every relationship is the same. You are not like anyone else and should not follow the same rules to define your relationship. It is high-time when we need to say goodbye to these outdated relationship rules.

1. A woman should never make the first move

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This is one of the most outdated relationship rules that needs to be kicked to the curb. Today, women are equal to men, and in most of the cases, are considered more competent. If you like someone, then make a move and express your feelings. You don’t have to let your gender come between you and your happiness.

2. A relationship has a timeline

According to our society, we need to follow a certain timeline in a relationship – from the first date to the ideal time of moving in, and from the first kiss to the romantic marriage proposal. Life is unpredictable and you can’t plan your future like that. Don’t follow a timeline. Just love.

3. Playing hard to get

Too often, people think that “playing hard to get” might actually work. We are not in the 19th century anymore. Your love interest won’t have so much time to run after you. If you love someone, let them know about your feelings. That’s it.

4. You must always think of the future

It is assumed that you always need to think of the bigger picture before dating someone. How can someone think of what is going to happen five years down the lane when we even can’t predict our tomorrow? Live in the moment. Be with the one who makes you happy – in the present.

5. Men should always pay the bill

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Every guy out there can understand the pain of always paying the bill. Often, it becomes really awkward, especially when the date doesn’t go the right way. Instead of always making a guy pay, a woman should also take the lead. What’s the harm in splitting the bill? When you can pay for everything else in this world, you can also pay for a meal, right?

6. You can’t talk about your past relationships

Because it will make your significant other upset, or they might start comparing themselves with your ex. But isn’t honesty one of the building cornerstones of anything potential?

Suggested read: 12 signs it’s time to get over your breakup

7. You will never say the L word first

It is assumed that women are not supposed to say “I love you” first, which is, one of the most outdated relationship rules of all. If you think you are there, let your guy know how much you love him.

8. No sex until the 3rd date

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The “three date rule” seems to be a prevailing factor in a lot of relationships, but it is already forgotten by almost everyone. Don’t let the number of dates define your sex life. Just don’t.

9. Sharing everything

Every relationship has a way of unfolding a person’s life. Let it do so, at its natural pace.

10. Dating a co-worker is a disastrous move

“Never poop where you eat.”

Yes, that is what people say about dating a co-worker. If done properly, this would be one of the best things to happen to you.

11. Never date your ex again!

Why? You were a completely different person when you broke up, right? Now, when you both have outgrown each other, it would be like dating a whole new person all over again!

12. You have to be together all the time

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People assume that couples are supposed to be like one of those conjoined twins. No. You need to stay away from your partner in order to fall back in love with them.

Needless to say, these outdated relationship rules need to go right away. You don’t need a set of rules to tell you how you are supposed to feel. Love is all about embracing who you are and being with the one who completes you. Just do that. You don’t have to worry about anything else.

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Bhavya Kaushik

Bhavya Kaushik

A national bestselling author, Bhavya believes that too often the stories we write paint the reality we try to escape from. Bhavya believes in breaking the stereotypes and trying new things because life is too short to let it stay boring. With his love for verse, he can be found avidly blogging about life, love and everything that covers in between. He lives his life by the motto, 'I'm the story of my own journey.' "I don't write stories. I write characters."