I’ve written about this horrible friend zone existence before. Many a man has lamented to himself while the woman he loves complains in his arms about how she doesn’t know why she “can’t find a good man like you” in bloodshot eyed confusion as he wonders in vain how he was expelled to this atrocious penitentiary box of glass emotion. In fairness, we’ve also talked about how women can avoid the friend zone (even though I still believe this so-called “women friend zone” is nothing more than an urban legend).
Fortunately, I stand before you today as a proud friend zone refugee to confess that even yours truly has found himself in the darkest throws of the bleakness that is the friend zone. No doubt like you friend, I was hapless and helpless! I was on the verge of giving up aspirations for any and all salvation from the unforgiving reckoning of the friend zone, but like Batman in The Dark Knight Rises I rose from the pits of purgatory to avenge my misguided romantic pursuits. Finally unshackled from the unscrupulous perils of the friend zone I screamed upon the barren desert of emotional repression, “ALAS, ALL YE THAT HEAR MY FORMERLY REPRESSED VOICE! I SHALL REMAIN IN THE FRIEND ZONE NO LONGER!!!”
I’ll be honest. I have no idea how one goes about getting lost in the friend zone but I can say without a doubt that no one wants to be there. I wouldn’t wish such a fate on my worst enemy! This is why it’s critical to remember that the key to the friend zone lies within your own heart. I’m not above someone trying to sequester me in the friend zone; however, I have managed to avoid even the best friend zone laid traps ever since that day! How you ask? Over the years, I’ve mastered the secret to escaping the friend zone. You see old friend, it lies not in the external but in the internal!
Whenever I hear the repressive jangling keys to the shackles of the friend zone closing in on me like the darkness of a moonless night, I retreat with great haste before it’s too late! You must do the same if you desire deliverance from the friend zone! What no one tells you about the friend zone is you have the right – some might even say the duty – to escape! Many men and women that you’ll never know or meet have sacrificed themselves like the brave heroes that they are, so that you might have the right to tell someone one day, “Take your friend zone offerings and shove it!”
Friend zone emancipation is yours for the taking, friend. SEIZE IT! Don’t let a romantic interest dictate that you are only good enough to provide boyfriend services without boyfriend benefits! You’re better than that! But first, you must BE better than that!
In the end, I’m not sure how you separate the girls from the women, but I know there comes a time in every man’s life where he must learn to do so for himself. When that time comes for you, know that a woman shouldn’t dictate your place in her life. The friend zone doesn’t have a happy ending. There will only be more zoning for you should you choose to continue navigating the friend zone in search of emotional reciprocity. Akin to the universe, the friend zone is as expansive in space and time as it is in misery and sorrow. If you don’t like your status, change it. If you don’t like your new status, change it again! I assure you that you have the power to do so and no person, woman or man, can dictate your place in their life to you. You must take life by the reigns and dictate your place in theirs, even if that means having no place in their life at all. At minimum, your strength will garner respect, whereas your weakness will only garner the consumption of more romantic comedies and tales of men she is entertaining who are putting in far less effort than yourself with much greater reward. If you learn nothing else from today, let this bring your conscience peace…
Like forest fires, only you can prevent friend zones!
What are your thoughts readers? What’s the difference between a girl and a woman or a boy and a man? Where do women and men hang out? And of course the most important question of them all, how does one avoid or escape the friend zone? Have you ever pulled it off? Please share your story with us, astute one.
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