recently I’ve been watching the way “couples” interact in public while I’m working. so far, i have no idea how couples get together or why. i notice attractive people, but i’m still not sure how you go from the “wow, they are attractive’ to a place where you share saliva.
I compare it to a form of magnetism. Starts with wanting to admire, then to be near, then to touch. At some point the desire to “be one” kicks in, where you want to get as close as possible, but that’s not enough, you want to start “blurring together”, merging with one another - but the best you can manage is putting bits of yourselves into each other - tongues are an easy initial win ;)
there should be a two year period after high school where it is socially expected that kids not work or go to school or do anything but take road trips, read books, meet new people, and take lots of pictures
In NZ, we have something like this called an “OE” (Overseas Experience) where you travel & have a working holiday, predominantly in Europe - it’s socially accepted here at least. You don’t do this?