Being in a relationship isn't all that different from being single. Sure, there are a few major differences, like the fact that you'll have someone to kiss and hug on a daily basis. However, you're still the same person now as you were when you were single. In order to prove it, here are a few things that having a boyfriend shouldn't stop you from doing:
1. Having Male Friends
You're allowed to have male friends. You don't have to cut off all of the boys in your life, just because you're in a relationship. Of course, if those boys are your exes or people that you had huge crushes on, it's understandable for your partner to be uncomfortable with you hanging out with them. In order to ease his doubts, make sure to hang out in a group, or just cut off the boys he sees as threats.
2. Having a Career
You don't have to choose between having a career and a love life. It's entirely possible to have both. Even though a boyfriend can take up a good chunk of your time, you should still set some time aside to follow your dreams.
No, you shouldn't be flirting with strangers on the street. You should only be flirting with your boyfriend. However, a lot of couples stop trying to impress each other once they become an item and their flirting days become a thing of the past. Since you don't want that, make a point to flirt with your partner whenever you see them. Playful banter isn't reserved for crushes who are trying to seduce each other. It works just as well when you're in a committed relationship.
Like flirting, exercising is something that some couples stop doing once they're in a committed relationship. They know that their partner isn't going anywhere, so they no longer feel the need to keep their bodies in tiptop shape. However, exercising is important, even if you're not doing it to lose weight. You need it to remain healthy.
5. Seeing Your Friends
Don't cut off your friends as soon as you get a boyfriend. If you do, and then you end up breaking up, you won't have anyone left. Plus, your boyfriend doesn't have to take up all of your time. You can find some room in your schedule to hang out with your friends. If spending time away from your boyfriend is too difficult for you, then you can even invite him along.
6. Having Alone Time
You don't have to make plans with your boyfriend whenever you have some free time. You're allowed to sit at home all alone and read a book by yourself. It's normal to want to be alone every once in a while. In fact, it's healthy for couples to have some time apart.
7. Making Your Own Decisions
You don't have to include your partner in every decision you make. Yes, it's a great idea to ask them about their opinion before you quit your job or buy a car, but the ultimate decision is yours. Even though you're in a relationship, you're still an individual person who is capable of making their own choices.
Believe it or not, having a boyfriend isn't all that different from being single. Did you stop doing any of these things after entering a relationship?