I'm in an odd situation where I've been with the a guy for 2 years and we are in an established committed relationship.
Our relationship didn't start out with dating and then forming a relationship...it just kind of morphed into a relationship without the typical steps people talk about. That and we met when we were 8 and had been best friends so there wasn't the whole "get to know you" first date. He just asked and we went for pizza and then just became a serious committed couple.
So. How does "real" dating work? Like, you go from not knowing someone to dating/being in a relationship with them.
What are the typical steps?
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OMG you are so very lucky. Relationships are so much better when you have a mutual trust built upon years of knowing someone in a platonic situation, and you can just be yourself without filtering and really get to know them truly. Dating is a contrived social fabrication (usually born from the biological instinct to pass our genes on to the next generation) where people put on an act and filter their thoughts and personality to do/be what they think will impress the most, often keeping secrets, and this kind of dating often results in short term relationships that become sexual (along with its risks) before the couple realize that they really aren't that compatible anyway so they split up! Ironically, some people call this 'getting lucky'. I call it 'getting unlucky' (especially if you pick up an STI or get yourself pregnant)! My idea of 'getting lucky' would be meeting another person with a policy of 100% honesty so we could get to know each other openly, only to discover that we're actually a good match for a long term friendship first and with plenty of intimacy after getting to know them properly first.0