Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Friendzoning: The Who, What, Why and How to Let Go

There seems to be a strange misconception that girls/women are never friendzoned. And if they are, it’s because they are not attractive.

While we, as women, might do a larger proportion of the friendzoning, we definitely get friendzoned. And let me tell you, it has nothing to do with looks. I’m giving guys more credit than that.

Finding someone good-looking, pretty, handsome, beautiful, interesting, funny, smart has nothing on attraction. You might think someone looks good, hot even, and yet not be attracted to them. Have you been attracted to EVERYONE you found cute, hilarious or interesting?

My friend favors Henry Cavill hugely over Ben Affleck. And yet, with Affleck's Batman body and face, I’d rather make a mandwich. (What? You thought threesome jokes/thoughts were only for men?)

In all seriousness though, there is a reason I gave a celebrity example. Even those incredible-looking people would not have attracted that many women and men, had we not known them to be interesting, talented or diverse. I don’t think I’d have noticed Gary Oldman walking down the street, but he sure is one of my favorite romantic leading men. The Scarlet Letter might not be a great movie, but damn, Oldman makes a great lover in the film.

Gary Oldman in The Scarlet Letter. Yes, I do like pretty long-haired men who also happen to be nice and romantic. Also, I grew up watching them. I love glam rock, in case you were wondering. Image via photobucket.

I’ve never understood the craze surrounding Leonardo Di Caprio, and I’ve only found him attractive in Blood Diamond, looks and personality of character combined.

Leo in Blood Diamond. It's not just the looks, it's the character, the transformation, the acting, the accent and the story combined. Image via pinterest.

Daniel Day Lewis might sport strange looks most of the time, but I think he is one of the sexiest, most attractive men on/off screen when he’s Hawkeye.

Daniel Day-Lewis as Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans. Image via zuguide.com

Let’s talk women. I’ve met people who think Nicole Kidman isn’t attractive. Come again?

Nicole Kidman. Image via wikipedia.

Someone whose type is Keira Knightley might very well friendzone Cate Blanchett, and vice versa.

I could never understood why Khaleesi friendzones Jorah (I’m not up-to-date with the series, but at the end of season 3 of Game of Thrones, Iain Glen’s character Jorah was still firmly in the zone.) He was like pretty much the only guy I’d have gone for in that environment. But he would have probably friendzoned me. I don’t have the long blonde hair, the stamina to change that pervert-turned-lap-husband or the love for dragons.

We are attracted to different people. Different looks, personalities and situations. Thank God for that. Can you imagine being attracted to the same people with all your friends? You wouldn't have any real friends!

Let’s talk real life. I’ve friendzoned. I’ve been friend zoned.

This is me. Whether you think I'm attractive or not is entirely subjective.

It hurts the most when you have genuine feelings for the person who has friendzoned you. You are emotionally, physically and intellectually invested. They share your sense of humor, taste in a lot of things and your favorite personality traits. Dating each other would be endless fun. You already can and do talk for hours, share inside jokes and make each other laugh till you cry.

But there is one problem: the other person believes in love/lust/attraction/flirting at first sight. You decided you’ve wanted them after you got to know them. By the time you realized that person was incredibly sexy, they had already pegged you as a dear friend. Maybe they never found you attractive. Maybe they are not attracted enough to spoil the friendship. Maybe, and this is a big one, they wouldn’t have minded the risk in the beginning, but no, any relationship you have won’t be casual. Whatever.

It doesn’t matter. What matters is, a lot of us have been there.

If the person you have a crush on or love isn’t attracted to you, there is not much you can do about it. Sure, you can try and get out, but more often than not, these people have already seen you flirting. Have already seen you at your best and worst. They don’t want, for reasons you can’t fathom, the whole package, and it is fine.

Because let’s be realistic. Best relationships stem from mutual adoration, admiration and attraction. If it's not mutual, it is not, or was not,  meant to be.

And I don’t mean it in a fatalistic way, but from a logical, fun standpoint. If you were really the couple you thought you would be, it would have been mutual in the first place.

Relax. Be frustrated and upset for a while if you like. But move on. Look around.
He is not the only guy for you. She’s not the only woman for you. The world is filled with people.

When it is mutual, you really don’t give a damn about when it wasn’t.

And for fun, let's finish it with the picture of the probably most famous friendzoned fictional character, Jorah. I can't be the only one thinking this guy is hot? Personalitywise, the last time I checked, he was wise and loyal to a fault. Seriously, K, what more do you want? : )

Iain Glen as Jorah in Game of Thrones. Image via youtube.com