Summer is officially over, which means it’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christmas or New Year’s, it’s Cuffing Season! Cuffing season, beginning in Late-September, is a period of time in which everyone begins to get coupled up because of the colder weather and holiday season. While it may not happen for some, if you have the luxury of being signed to a roster, 'tis the season to be cuffed, and here are the ten commandments of cuffing season:
1. Know what you're getting yourself into.
When entering the early stages of cuffing season, it is imperative that you understand exactly what it is that you and your partner want out of this. Cuffing season is not for everyone. Come to an understanding with your partner and make sure you know whether or not you can handle all that comes along with cuffing season before you agree to it.
2. Be the cuffer…don’t get cuffed
Do all the cuffing. If you’re the one that is getting cuffed, that means you probably have no power. If you’re the one getting cuffed, you’re probably going to be the one to fall harder and get hurt more if it doesn’t work out the way you want it to. Take control of the situation.
3. Don't catch feelings.
Because cuffing season is exactly what it sounds like…a season. Cuffing season can help you find a great companion, but it won’t always result in true love. Try your best to separate yourself emotionally from your partner because there’s no guarantee that a long-term relationship will come to fruition.
4. Don't try to permanently cuff the uncuffable.
Keep in mind that cuffing season usually will not result in a serious relationship. If your partner doesn’t want to continue on seeing you after cuffing season is over, then move on. We’ve all liked someone and wanted to date him or her, but sometimes, the one you want just isn’t ready to be cuffed.
5. Bow out gracefully if you do try to cuff the uncuffable.
If you completely ignored Commandments 3 and 4, then this one’s for you. You caught feelings and now want to begin a serious monogamous relationship with your partner, but do not act crazy if they don’t feel the same way. Do not call or text them repeatedly, do not sit outside their house with dark shades on, and do not try and sabotage their next relationship. It can go from cuffing season to fatal attraction, real quick.
6. Don’t kiss and tell.
Keep your relationship to yourself. Think of it like the first trimester of a pregnancy, if you tell everyone, you’ll have to keep explaining yourself to your nosey family and friends if something goes wrong. Since there’s no guarantee that you and your partner will last after cuffing season is over it’s best to keep it on the hush. Nobody needs to know all of your business.
7. Have a social media agreement.
Even though you are playing house and cuddling every night, that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to broadcast your cuddle buddy on Instagram or Twitter. Before posting pictures of each other, make sure that you both can deal with being on social media as a “couple”. Once the pictures are posted, you’ll be screenshot into someone’s GroupMe accompanied by fifteen side eye emojis.
8. Be honest.
With yourself and your partner. After a certain amount of time spent together, be honest about what it is you are feeling. If these feelings aren’t mutual, you may want to break up before someone gets hurt. If they are mutual, then discuss developing the realtionship into something more. But don't sit around waiting for the other to get their life together.
9. Don't get too comfortable.
Lil Wayne told us best. Don’t get too comfortable with your partner if you don’t have any set boundaries. You can always be replaced. Cuffing season is usually a temporary situation so they shouldn’t have the mindset as if it’s a real relationship…unless that’s what you want.
10. Enjoy yourself.
Cuffing season is supposed to be fun! It’s your opportunity to spend time with someone you enjoy being with without the pressures, stress, and expectations of a committed relationship.
Now you’re fully equipped to embark on Cuffing Season. Get your roster and your team ready because Cuffing Season "officially" starts on September 25.