The Five-Year Relationship Blues; What They’re Really Like

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People talk a lot about the seven-year itch, but nobody talks about the five-year blues—they’re very real. After year one, you feel like this is a legitimate, established relationship. You’re obviously committed, compatible to a high degree, and invested. By year two, you start getting that plus-one invitation to one another’s friends’ weddings and by year three, you may be moving in together. The bliss of playing house moves you into year four and then you even start enjoying making fun of yourselves for being an “old couple.” But by year five you realize…oh we really are an old couple. You certainly aren’t old, and compared to those who have been married for decades, you’re still a fresh couple. But, for a couple who is not married, dating for five years is a long time. And if you don’t plan on getting married any time soon, you don’t have the excitement of planning a wedding to carry you through the five years blues. Here’s how they are.

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