The concept of “relationship goals,” if you were ever to think of it, is pretty self-explanatory–they are, simply, goals that one should have for a relationship.
Now, I have spent a good deal of my adult career trying to show my fellow high-minded, analytical thinkers (disclaimer: JK) reasons why this should not be so. Relationship goals, as in, like, the concept that gets presented to you in the standard Instagram and Pinterest accounts, are pretty reductive. They show a sterilized, overly-sanitized version of what a relationship “should” be–emphasis on the quotes here–using young, conventionally attractive, primarily white couples wearing expensive clothes to prove this concept. And, uh, that’s it. It doesn’t show what actually goes into keeping a relationship stable, or what happens when there’s a couple that doesn’t fit the basic relationship goals mold.
This, by the way, is totally fine. Relationship Goals Instagram is hardly the first force of nature to use beautiful people to sell a flawed concept (something I know because I have watched the critically-acclaimed television series Mad Men), and it also won’t be the last. I will, however, say this: Often, relationship goals aren’t actually goals, per se. They’re really just a reason to stay single. Check out why here:
1. Like, uh, this:
2. And texts like this:
3. And this:
5. Why are people so…much?
6. Maybe you just don’t want to date anyone who gets their relatioship advice from an anthropomorphized yellow bean:
7. Or turns a casual conversation into a literal MARRIAGE PROPOSAL:
8. Or picks you up in the midst of an argument and just….carries you away?
9. Or literally “shuts you up” with a kiss:
11. READING SOMEBODY’S DIARY THAT IS WRITTEN IN CODE PRESUMABLY BECUASE THEY DON’T WANT YOU READING IT IS NOT A GOAL:
12. Well, yeah. Probably:
What do you think of these goals? Are you actually into any of them? Let us know in the comments!