T and I have been through a few life milestones to date. We’ve done the long-distance thing. We’ve been through a layoff. Moved more times than I care to count. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is that we’re opposites in myriad ways.
The two things we share, really, are a love of movies and TV (there are a few shows we watch religiously, like Game of Thrones and Bones, plus I’ve converted him to Glee and New Girl) and food (we’ve started to eat healthier over the years and I’m grateful he’s come along for the ride. We’re eating less pasta and meat, more veggies and experimenting more. While he still eats a buttload of burgers, I have to give it to him: he can, equally, binge on fruit. It’s strange).
One thing I doubt I’ll ever bring him around to is reading. But lately I’ve been trying to rope him in on a couple of things.
One is running. He was a serious athlete growing up and has talked about getting back into rugby league (though it’s likely all talk – I don’t see any real motivation there). He’s also in need of some kind of exercise routine since he stopped hanging out with his wrestling mates and going to the gym (we picked up a cheap membership off one of those daily deal sites). While I just venture out on random routes around our neighbourhood, though, he likes to actually go somewhere different – scenic, flat, a bit more of an experience.
And the other is music. A friend came over and fiddled with T’s bass amp a little while ago, and managed to get it going again. And my guitar amp, which randomly lost overdrive some months ago, got its distortion channel back just as randomly. So we’ve had a couple of evenings of trying to learn a few tunes together. May there be more.
I’ll admit that my motivations may also be somewhat selfish.
Reading requires very little of me and is my first love. These other two? They take work. I usually need some prodding along, and I’m kind of hoping T would help keep me on the straight and narrow track. Accountability, and all that.
Couples: what do you like to do together?