Rekindle the romance
There will come a time when no matter how much you love your boyfriend ( or your girlfriend), things will cool down between you two and you will fall into the old married couple routine, even if you haven’t tied the knot yet. But that won’t do, you should not be taking each other for granted to such a level that you resort to occasional outings and don’t make the effort to make your significant other feel – well, significant.
It happens with everyone – do not assume there is anything wrong with your relationship. It’s just that other mundane things have crept up and taken precedence and will continue to do so – you just have to take a breather from them. After all, both of you are responsible and working adults, a constant state of rose coloured glasses is for the very young and carefree.
Start off with these ideas and come up with some quirky ones of your own – they are sure to be appreciated by your partner – if not for the act itself, then for the special attempt you have made to make him/her feel special.
Propose again: Reaffirm the time that you first met and fell in love – there must be special landmarks for that time – a special place, a special movie or a special moment. Think back to that time when you guys met and recreate that. Go to the movie hall, buy the popcorn, try to get the same seats. Better still, if you have been cheesily romantic and saved the ticket stubs from your first date, have them framed and give them to your darling, at the second innings of your date. She/he will be bowled away!
Bring out the baby! No not really – we are not suggesting you have a child. You can go about this in two ways – either be kids together – do really silly things like make a hand painting which you can frame and put up, go to the park and take all the rides, eat candy floss and hold hands and just be – well – kids. Or else, you could always pamper the other one like she/he is a baby - don’t let them do any work – in fact, bring them lunch, put them to bed, even run a bath for them – the works!
Be touristy together: Plan a heritage walk of your city together and there is a chance that both of you will learn new things. At the end of the walk plan a picnic at a botanical garden or be creative – take a boat ride or a cruise if your city affords one. Don’t get stuck in the usual clichés of going for a dinner at a restaurant – go eat street food together in a part of the city you haven’t been before!
Play games: We mean it, have fun at a water park or go to a amusement park. Try go-karting or even bowling. Try ice skating or go on a merry go round. Bring out the kid in you – you will have tons of fun and will reconnect with each other. Spend a day this way with your phones switched off with strict instructions to family not to call. Reconnect with each other in the most innocent and childish fashion.
There are tons of things you can do – take a day off, whisk your significant other away from office. Or if you don’t have time to go out together, send a bouquet of flowers with a cute card – yes even if you are the girl – men would be very embarrassed, but they would love the gesture. If you are married or live together, leave cute messages below pillows or scrawled onto the bathroom mirror. Splurge and take your partner to Paris – the love capital of the world. Or to Venice where both og you can ride on a gondola and listen to the gondolier sing love songs in Italian. Think of ways that would be meaningful and special and do it. You have just one life together – make most of it!