So many of us go into relationships with expectations, which is a good thing and absolutely necessary. Otherwise we would find ourselves confined to unfruitful relationships with a partner that we cannot accept. Just like it is necessary to have expectations, it is equally as imperative to accept certain aspects of your relationship.
Take my word for it, a relationship without acceptance is doomed from the start. If you think about it, your relationship with yourself wouldn't be possible without learning how to accept who you are. So why do we expect to fall in love with other people without learning to accept them as well?
Accept your differences.
The two of you obviously have a lot in common or else the relationship wouldn't have lasted long enough for you to consider accepting the differences. Think of them as an asset. Differences in a relationship should be embraced because they are what help keep the connection fresh and entertaining.
Accept that you cannot change your partner.
If it's not a legit issue, don't make it one. Genuine change only happens when people want to change themselves. Allow people to be who they are or you will risk making both of you miserable by attempting to mold your partner into what you believe best fits your needs.
Forgiveness is a key aspect of a successful relationship. I'm not advising you to be a pushover, but understanding that people make mistakes removes some the pressures to try to achieve perfection.
Accept that your partner is right when you're wrong.
This isn't about accepting that you may be on the incorrect end of an argument. It’s about understanding that you are not a splitting image of perfection either. It’s likely that you will make just as many mistakes as your partner. The next step is accepting that you will have to apologize one day.
Accept the reality of perfection.
People allow society to cloud their personal perception of perfection. Perfection is made up of what is ideal for you and brings joy into your life.
Accept that you are sharing your life.
Embarking on a serious relationship is the meshing two lives. The life that you and your partner are building together is a balance of two existences and neither person should lose their identity. Instead the relationship should form an identity that encompasses the both of you as a couple.
Accept the good with the bad.
All relationships have ups and downs. Preferably more ups than downs, though! What’s important is that you are happy with your relationship overall.