When you go out with your friends you call it a "girls night out." You get all dressed up, presumably go to a fancy restaurant, drink wine, gossip about other people, and take pictures of food. "Guys night out"? It just doesn't convey the same image. We'll probably go to a loud, dirty, crowded bar that we'd never bring you to, and indulge ourselves with immature man humor. Farting, burping, spitting, and obnoxious whooping yells can be expected from us at some point during the night. I can only pray that your night does not ever devolve into this. How important is it for us to maintain these friendships outside of our relationship?
There are times when we will be in relationships where we view each other's friends as hindrances, pulling us away from one another, and being overall bad influences. This may even lead to one of us telling the other that we don't like someone so much that we insist that you stop hanging out with them. This will undoubtedly lead to tension in the relationship. Should we have a say in our SO's choice in friends?
Then there will be those relationships where we respect the time we spend with our own friends, whoever they may be, as a healthy break that allows our relationship to breathe. And although I may still be hanging around with someone you think is a loser, we both know that won't change the relationship we have when we're together. Compromises are made and we are realists. We know that we may be the most important person in each other's lives, but we also understand that we are not the ONLY person.
And on the rarest occasion, we will meet someone who we think cannot even be real. Someone who has associated themselves with friends that instantly click with ours, or at the very least are cordial. Sometimes we are lucky. Sometimes we just find the right people.What is your relationship like with your SO's friends? Is there anyone in his/her life that you don't approve of? Which one of these, if any, can you relate to?