Yes, randoms who think it’s OK to talk to you when you’re clearly deep into tweeting something about your coffee can be really annoying, but sometimes when you give strangers the opportunity to talk to you, they can actually be cool.
(But you’ve seen hundreds of rom-coms, so you know that.)Of course, you need to be safe and should never feel harassed— but sometimes, rape culture has made us believe we're always in danger, when in reality, we might actually sometimes enjoy the thrill of talking to a stranger.
There’s something about being a fixture in someplace you’re comfortable (that isn’t your home) that gives you the confidence to talk to people.
When you’re with your friends it can be intimidating for someone to come up to you, but when you roll solo it’s easier for someone who might want to get to know you to make their move. If you're shy about going out alone, bring a book or a journal at first, and take small steps to get comfortable with the feeling.
Consider trying not to look at your phone all night, and see what happens.
So, what do those couples who make their unions last for decades know about love that the rest of us don’t?
From the small gestures that keep the romance alive to tips on overcoming the challenges most twosomes face, we’ve gathered advice from couples who’ve stuck it out for 40 years or more. Being friends before you enter into a romantic relationship may cement your bond years down the line.
(Of course, this doesn’t mean they’re all single.) Next time you see a hot person reading a book you love, consider striking up a conversation with them about it.