All the relationships we’ve had shape us into the people we are. Whether you’re thriving in a healthy relationship with your partner or absolutely loving your single self, there are a number lessons we can learn from every relationship experience – even the platonic ones.
1. THE FIRST LOVE
Ah yes… the person (or pair of shoes) you told yourself you’d love forever. They gave you those butterflies before you knew what they were, they might have been your first kiss or the first person to say they loved you, and they were probably the first person to break your heart. You’ll never forget that rush of young love.
After your first big love (and heartbreak), you learn to focus on the most important relationship: the one you have with yourself. And sometimes the best way to practise self-love is to treat yourself! With the limited-edition I <3 plates from Personalised Plates Queensland, you can show people exactly what you love most.
3. THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
Katy Perry is all over this – we all have the one that got away. Whether you stuffed up and let them slip through your fingers or it just wasn’t the right time for your relationship, you often wonder whether things could have been different in another life.
4. THE ONE YOU WISH NEVER EXISTED
What was I thinking? What was my friend doing letting me date that person? Why was I pretending to like all their favourite music? Did I really want to impress them that much? They do say you live and you learn, and this is one relationship that you know you won’t repeat.
5. THE FRIEND WHO WANTS TO LEAVE THE FRIENDZONE
This relationship may have been harder to get out of than any other because you genuinely care about them… just not in the same way they care about you. And no matter how many times you explained that it was never going to happen, they always held out a little hope. If you see a fellow pal in the friendzone, tell them to abort mission impossible immediately.
6. THE ONE YOU CAN’T SAY NO TO
You both know there’s no future but you can’t resist the pull to see each other every so often and give it another shot. Over and over again!
7. THE ONE WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED
It seems like the perfect solution: you get to enjoy each other’s company with the advantage of a get-out-off-jail-free card when it all gets a little too much.
8. YOUR BEST FRIEND
They are your rock, your go-to person, and they mean the world to you. You can always count on them to put a smile on your dial! And it’s totally acceptable to love them a little more than your actual romantic partner.
9. YOUR FAMILY
They know you better than you know yourself and will always have your back (even when you’re busy making bad dating choices). You know you can count on them!
10. THE COUSINS THAT ARE MORE LIKE SIBLINGS
They’ve always been your partners in crime at family events and even if you haven’t seen them for a while it’s like no time had passed at all. It’s safe to say life wouldn’t be the same without them.
Some relationships in life are truly sacred. Like your undying devotion to breakfast, lunch and dinner. Between the varying meals, cuisines and pretty much every kind of food you can consume, your relationship with food is an unbreakable one.
12. THE ADVENTUROUS FRIEND
When all else fails and there’s absolutely nothing to do, this friend will line up some crazy activity at a moment’s notice. They live on the edge in the best way possible and will always keep you grounded.
13. THE NEEDY FRIEND
They are always texting or calling you, or even arriving at your house unexpectedly with that “I need to talk for six hours” look on their face. They might eat all your food and drive you slightly insane, but they’re your type of crazy and you love them for it.
14. THE WORKMATE YOU OVERSHARE WITH
You and your work bestie spend all day together during the work week and you still don’t get sick of each other. From venting about your home life to revealing step-by-step details of the weird skin peel you tried, nothing is off limits. You tell them every day that they can never quit because you wouldn’t survive a working week without them.