8 Awkward Relationship Hurdles All Couples Have To Cross

We’re human beings, and our humanity pretty much guarantees that we’ll face plenty of awkward experiences throughout our lives. No matter how hard we try to make things go smoothly, our clumsy nature is always waiting right around the corner and things don’t go quite as planned. Dating is one of the most awkward aspects our lives and it’s full of little “obstacles” that we all have to defeat if we want to be successful in our relationships and keep them going long term. Here are some hurdles we all have to face in love if we’re building something that’s going to last.

  1. The first date. You somehow made first contact with each other and decided you were interested enough to go out on a date. Now, all you have to do is keep each other’s interest for a few hours without saying anything stupid, doing anything embarrassing or allowing uncomfortable lulls in conversation! No pressure, right? Stop looking at him for so long without breaking eye contact – he probably thinks it’s weird. Don’t play with your hair so much – it looks like you have a nervous tick. Damn.
  2. The second date. There probably won’t be as much pressure as the first date, but you don’t know each other very well just yet and there’s still plenty of room for error. You can get through this. You are a strong, awkward goddess. You will overcome.
  3. The first sexual encounter. You have no idea what your partner is into, but the sexing is happening. It will either be magnificent or you’ll start to contemplate your sexual incompatibility as your mind wanders to far off places during the deed. The first encounter won’t necessarily set the precedent for future ones, but if things are mismatched enough, a graceless, floundering romp will be seared into your memory forever.
  4. Talking about your fantasies. Even though your fantasies aren’t necessarily things you would actually do in real life, it can be intimidating to get them out on the open, especially if you think they’re weird. If you need a little liquid courage to be able to freely discuss the ins and outs (HA!) of rainbow-colored butt plugs, then go for it.
  5. Telling him how to get you off. Every woman gets off differently. A man might need some guidance before he fully learns how to bring his partner to climax by himself. Instructing him in this art will probably be a little weird at first. It’s worth it in the long run, of course, but the first few rounds of correcting, readjusting and instructing might make you feel slightly bossy or needy. Just keep the mood upbeat and you’ll be fine.
  6. Meeting the parents. You never know what you’re in for when you meet your partner’s parents. Even if the guy is an awesome, well-adjusted adult, his parents might be the polar opposite of him. They might lack all social tact and bombard you with questions about their future grandkid, even though you’ve only been dating their son for two months. You can get through this. It’s. Just. One. Dinner.
  7. Farting. This will either happen intentionally or by accident and either way, it’s inevitable. You can’t hide your methane poofs forever. One day, a few months or a few years into your relationship, one of those devilish little butt biscuits is going to make its way into the open. It will be sudden, audible and possibly smelly. You will look at each other and you will endure. Or perish, depending on the strength of the odor and the longevity of the linger.
  8. Being sick in front of each other. Illness is a strange thing to deal with around others, because it takes control of your body from you. It can be awkward as hell to be in the same room as your significant other when you look and feel like the ass end of a decomposing hippo. Even though it’s awkward, it can be a good “test” to see if the guy can handle sick you. If he sticks around when you go through an entire box of Kleenex every twenty minutes and you haven’t had the strength to shower in three days, he’s a keeper.
Lauren Clark is a writer and news curator based in Denver, Colorado with bylines here on Bolde and at Inside.com. While she’s vehemently anti-social media, you can find her on LinkedIn.