That awkward feeling when…

… you think you might be starting to have feelings for someone who has always just been a friend.

This has happened to me so many times and has never ended well. But isn’t it inevitable, when you’re really good friends with someone? (I was going to say ‘with someone of the opposite sex’ but didn’t want to be prescriptive – although in my case, I am referring to guy friends.)

It’s quite exciting – suddenly being hyper-aware of someone you’ve until that point been very comfortable around. The person who’s always supportive, who you speak to often on the phone, who others say ‘Oooh he’s lovely’ and you respond with ‘Isn’t he? He’s like my big brother.’ The person your concerned relatives as you about, with thinly veiled hope that perhaps the scales will someday fall from both your eyes and a big fat white wedding will result.

But it’s also awful. Suddenly you’re awkward around your best buddy. You wonder if he can sense that something has changed for you. Then the despair that it’s one-sided… or the double-edged exciting possibility that maybe he feels it too – but what if taking things to a new level blow up in your face, and you end up losing a friend you adore.

Do you think a man and a woman, both single, can be ‘just friends’? And here I mean someone you’ve been friends with for years and years, not a new friend. Does attraction always come into play – from one side, or the other? Is it possible to have been friends with someone for a long time and suddenly see them differently? And can we really be truly platonic?

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Does a man want a woman who looks like his car?

This is my new theory – you can tell a lot about what a man is looking for in a woman by the car he drives.

Examples:

  • A friend’s late 30-something colleague has just bought himself a Porsche. He reckons it will make him more attractive ‘to the ladies’ but is already calculating what he’ll be able to sell it for when he needs to get a SUV to cart the kids around in.
  • Another single male friend just bought a very nice, sporty, quite flashy car and was agonising over whether to get the silver or white colourway as he tried to work out ‘what he wanted the car to say about him’. Continue reading