A few weeks ago, The Frisky posted a story about 2 friends (a guy and a girl) who found themselves single at the same time and decided to date each other for 40 days…and blog about it.
This was/is right up my ally.
I kept seeing the link to the blog all over my Facebook news feed; and I bookmarked it for a day when I had a chance to really read it.
Yesterday, as I sat at my desk and ate my sad lunch (leftover polenta and parmesan), I read the days (22) they’d posted so far, and I can say I’m hooked!
Here is the gist of their project, from their blog:
What do you do when you’re tired of the prospect of dating? Two good friends with opposite relationship problems found themselves single at the same time. As an experiment, they dated for 40 days.
Love is a central theme in humanity across time and cultures. It’s one of the main topics in music, film, novels, poetry, and art. But what exactly is it, and why do we all approach it so differently? How does it affect us so deeply that sane people have gone mad over it?
The dating life in New York City can grow tiresome and wearing. Tim is afraid of commitment, often dating many girls at once, and he’s losing sight of what a healthy relationship means. Jessica is a hopeless romantic, jumping into relationships too quickly, always looking to find “the one.”
It’s been said that it takes 40 days to change a bad habit. In an attempt to explore and hopefully overcome their fears and inadequacies, Tim and Jessica will go through the motions of a relationship for the next 40 days: the commitment, time, companionship, joys and frustrations. Can they help each other, or will they fall into their same habits? Will they damage their friendship? What if they fall in love?
Because of who they are (their different personalities), they are kind of a microcosm of nearly every relationship out there, which is what makes this so interesting.
What do you think? Would you do this?
As a hopeless romantic, I hope they end up staying together at the end of the 40 days!