Odd one out: you’re the only single person left in your group of friends. I get it: constantly rolling your eyes over cringey PDA, rain checks, and slowly sinking into oblivion because your friends have already gotten their person. You may not have someone to Netflix and Chill with at the end of the day but there are actually perks to being the third wheel:
You have more friends
You know what they say, the more the merrier. With more people in the mix, decision-making wouldn’t be so hard anymore as you’ve got a variety of opinions and perspectives.
You learn about relationships
You help make the relationship work
Many would agree that friendships drift when one gets into a new relationship, which isn’t great. But mature relationships include a lot of patience and understanding that they’ve got lives outside their relationship. Providing your friend with a fulfilling relationship outside of their romantic one will help them become a better partner in the long run.
You get free food
This is one of the best perks of being a third wheel! Maybe it’s just a Filipino thing to treat friends when inviting them to third-wheel on dates, but it’s always fun to bond over food. Shameless, you think. But no one says “no” to free food!
You have wing-people
Of course, most couples wouldn’t want you to feel left out, so many would go the extra mile to hook you up to meet potential partners. And you know these guys/girls will be the best of the bests because they’re screened by your best buds! Who knows, it might not be long before you stop being the third wheel.
You’ll see all the lovey-dovey moments
It’s awkward at first. And yes, they make your eyes roll but look at the bright side: you can blackmail them with funny photos and videos you end up capturing. You’ll always have something to laugh about. And should things work out for your friend in the end, it’s a sweet thing to be able to share their story from your perspective on their big day.
You always have a shoulder to cry on
You get to have more activity companions
Planning to see a movie or trying the latest escape room? Couples are always on the lookout for new activities to try on their dates, so you’re bound to have people who would always be game.
And the best part is… you get to realize that being single isn’t so bad at all.
Seriously, who needs a partner when you’ve got best friends who would never turn their backs on you? Being the single one isn’t really as bad as how we see it in movies. At the end of the day, you’ve got so much time for yourself and you’ll learn how to love yourself more. For now, just enjoy the third wheel life and maybe you’ll have your magical time too someday.
Have you experienced other perks of being the third wheel? Share them below!