Girl Talk: Whether inside or out this summer, both partners can have fun
Memorial Day has come and gone, so that means summer has unofficially started. The days are longer, the weather is warmer (well, eventually it will be), and it’s time to get out there and enjoy all the wonders of summer. What do you do if your significant other isn’t as fond of the outdoors as you? What’s more, what if your interests are very different?
At some point in our lives, we’ve all had at least one relationship where each person was on a different end of the spectrum. Opposites attract right? You’re an early bird and he’s a night owl. One is an extrovert and the other an introvert. If that relationship happens to be the one that lasts, then it means that you need to make adjustments and compromises.
There’s nothing wrong with doing your own thing, independent of your significant other. But when you’re in a relationship, you want to spend time together and enjoy activities together. If you’re someone who likes the outdoors and your partner prefers being inside, then you’ll have to get creative to ensure both needs are being met.
Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do both outside and in. If your partner is the type who likes games, try taking the competition outside. Mini golf, Wiffle Ball, or lawn darts are all great ways to fuel a friendly, romantic battle while soaking in the sun. Swimming is a great way to cool things off that can even lead to heating other things up.
For all the good opportunities summer provides, it also brings its share of thunderstorms. That gives you the perfect chance to spend time together inside. On the days and nights that are spent inside, open up the windows. Letting in sunlight and the sounds of chirping birds can give you a taste of nature during indoor activities like reading or taking a Sunday nap. Listening to that thunderstorm can be a great background for cuddling up during your binge-watching marathon. Netflix and chill much?
As long as both you and your partner are open to the experiences that each other enjoys, there is always a way for everyone to be satisfied. If all else fails, you can always get down and dirty no matter the location. Both the couch and the grass provide a great spot for intimacy. Just always keep an open mind. You might find that you take great joy in your partner’s preferred activity. Like that first time you beat your boyfriend in Mario Kart. Sorry (not sorry), babe!
Girl Talk began in 2012 as a telltale horror story of the city’s most epic dating disasters and has evolved into a column about love, life experiences and growing up. Melissa also has a weekly Girl Talk TV segment on PA Live and WBRE.