After a long day, the first thing I want to do is cuddle up and watch movies with my boyfriend, Alex. There’s something about turning my brain off and staring aimlessly at
Ryan Gosling the TV that makes any stress or problem go away.
Alex and I have been dating for over two years and I have very few complaints…except that we have completely different taste in movies.
We discovered this when we first started dating. “Let’s watch a movie!” He said. Fast-forward to the next 45 minutes, and we still couldn’t agree on even one. #facepalm
Now, this problem may seem minimal (and trust me if this is my biggest relationship problem I’m NOT complaining), but there is something to be said for it. What’s a girl (who loves her romcoms) to do when her S.O. would prefer to watch Chris Hemsworth take over the world?!
After two years of failing at ever watching a movie together, Alex & I have gotten really (and I mean REALLY) good at finding other activities to do. It also makes the relationship so much more fun to get outside!
Note: If you and you’re S.O. love the same movies, still, use this list to do some out of the box activities with your special someone.
FIVE THINGS TO DO IF YOU AND YOUR S.O. HAVE DIFFERENT TASTE IN MOVIES
1. Do a work out class (or a pack of classes) together
Ok, this is seriously one of my favorite things to do with someone! Working out together not only makes you feel healthy but doing a pack of work out classes together also checks the box of trying something new. Alex and I bought a 10 pack of boxing classes together last year and it was so fun. And even though the punching bag didn’t budge
when I attempted to beat the crap out of it hit it, it was still super fun!
2. Take a personality quiz or answer these looooove questions
When I first started dating Alex, I happen to have come across this article in the New York Times titled, “The 36 Questions That Lead to Love”. Basically, there was a study that showed if people answered these 36 questions, they would fall in love.
I was super nervous to show the questions to Alex. But, I genuinely wanted to get to know him better and thought this list of questions would be a fun way to do it. Some of the questions are things you’d never think of before, like, “Would you like to be famous? In what way?” Now who knows if the questions actually worked (I mean, it did for us!). It was a really fun way to get to know each other and actually took us a few hours to get through.
I feel like any sort of personality test or quiz is a really fun way to get to know your significant other. I’ve also done love languages and Myer’s Briggs!
Have you tried any of these types of tests? >> Comment and let me know!
3. Get a hobby together
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know my love of adult extracurriculars and hobbies. I truly feel one of the best ways to grow strong friendships (with an S.O. OR others) is through common interests. Plus, it feels super exhilarating (and way less adult and boring) to try something new. This is why I love when couples find hobbies together. A hobby doesn’t have to be super time-consuming. It can be something as easy as cooking together (crockpot recipes, anyone?!) or a new work out routine (see #1).
4. Make your own bar crawl
For those of you who enjoy the
daily occasional cocktail, spend your weekend making your *own* bar crawl around the city. Feel free to be as creative as you want (i.e. bar golf where each drink = par, draw a map, rent one of those trolleys that you have to pedal yourself), or just casually make it into as many wine bars as you can in one afternoon. Either way, this will get you trying new things and new places in your city!
5. Make a bucket list and then,..do the bucket list
This is something I’ve always wanted to do! What do you and your boyfriend/girlfriend have in your mind as your bucket list?! Are there mutual things on that bucket list?! If so, make one together and then set some timelines around when you are going to do them. I’ve always wanted to go to Austrailia and Alex actually made that happen, we are going this year! This amazing trip came from a bucket list conversion, and I’m so glad we did it.
So no fear, having different taste in movies isn’t a relationship game changer. It just means you need to get a liiiiiiitle more creative than you normally would when your craving a cuddle + relaxing night in.