Official advice from the "Third-wheel
Throughout my life I have perfected the role of the third-wheel. I know that might not sound like anything to brag about and trust me I am not. There are so many misconceptions that come along with the grand title. I didn't grow up hoping, wishing and praying that one day, just maybe one day, I would become best friends with Mary and her boyfriend John. Though it may be hard to imagine, my childhood dreams did not consist of going everywhere, while Mary was in the passenger seat, John in the drivers seat and me in the back. I did not picture spending my nights and days talking to each of them, extensively analyzing every detail of their relationship. The way John might have happen to glance at that girl in algebra or lending a helping hand in not only the conception, but the marvelous execution of the perfect valentines day surprise for Mary.
That was TOTALLY me! I shortly became the ultimate counselor for just about any conflict or situation you could think of. I found this ironic considering majority of the things I was advising people on, I had never personally dealt with. It all came from many years of observing the first and second wheels, if you will.
Most of us have been there a time or two, and God bless us for it. I realized that a huge part of participating in this humble role, was watching everyone else live their lives while you stand on the sidelines. While this realization hit me, another epiphany came to me. Through the years I had watched and observed just about every personal situation you could think of or imagine. I started to wonder, should I complain about just watching people do things I have yet to do or should I instead learn from the events I observed that I prayed I would never find myself going through. I went with the latter.
To Be Continued...