One of the many questions we'll ask ourselves when we're dating someone is: Can I see myself with this person for the rest of my life?
It's totally understandable to wonder if the person you're dating is really "the one," but it's often said that when you know, you know. When we meet our life partner, everything will just click. Sure, two people are bound to run into bumpy roads at times, but two people who are meant to be together will always find a way to figure their problems out.
Many of us get nervous when we think about staying with one person for the rest of our lives, because we start to wonder what would happen if it just didn't work out. However, there are signs to look for that can point out whether or not you and your partner are on the path to forever.
Keep your eyes peeled for these 13 signs of a strong, forever kind of relationship.
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1. You guys have a solid friendship.
One of the best things for a lasting relationship is a solid foundation, which means a great friendship between two people. If you and your partner can hang out and have a good time, be there for each other when it gets rough, and also be able to be romantic, you have the best of both worlds. Everyone loves a partner they can play video games with, and make babies with.
2. Your families get along.
Not that this should be an absolute deal breaker, but generally if both families get along and you have each other's support, it makes things a whoooole lot easier.
3. You make each other laugh.
This is key for a wonderful, lasting relationship. Laughter is the best medicine, and if you and your partner can make each other laugh, then you both can get through anything, even rough patches filled with tension or sadness.
4. You know how to talk about problems.
Communications is very important for a healthy relationship. You need to tell each other how you feel, what you want in bed, and also be able to talk about issues and not just ignore them. Two people who can talk about anything, including the hard stuff, have it made.
5. You never feel jealous.
If you completely trust your partner, there is no need to be jealous or worry about anything. If you feel like you're both never jealous of each other, that's a sign of some major trust, which is a good thing when you're looking at forever together.
6. When one of you is upset, you both are.
When your partner is upset, does it break your heart? If the answer is yes, you're truly in love. When two people love each other and choose to be partners for life, their lives become intertwined with each other. When one hurts, the other hurts, and when one is happy, the other is too. That's a sign of some major feels (and compassion!) for one another.
7. Your sex life is great.
Sex isn't everything, but when you're going to be with that one person forever, you want to make sure your physical needs are met. If your chemistry is great, you are very open about what you like, and the sex between you two makes you feel good physically and emotionally, it's only one more thing that makes your relationship stronger.
8. You love helping each other out with tasks.
One of the five love languages is "acts of service," which means helping out your partner with a task when they are busy or feeling overwhelmed. Maybe they are sick, so you offer to run that errand for them or help them with their homework. Whatever they might need, you're ready to jump in and lend a hand, and if you're both doing that, it's a sign that you're both truly there for each other.
9. Your partner is your rock.
Not that you're co-dependent on each other or anything, but your partner is the first person you go to when something bad has happened, or if you're going through a difficult time. When you know you can rely on your partner to be there for you through thick and thin, you know it will last forever.
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10. You never feel stressed around them.
One of the biggest red flags when it comes to whether you should end a relationship or not, is how you feel around your partner. If you feel like your partner is a constant source of stress, and you would rather be alone than with them, it's not going to work. If you always feel at peace and at eased (and loved!) around your partner, you've found your forever person.
11. You both have separate identities.
One thing that can make any relationship crash and burn is when two people smother each other. If one or both people in the relationship does not have their own identity and relies on the other for it, a relationship is almost impossible. Both people need to have outside interests, friends, and hobbies that allow for them to grow as a person, and not smother their partner.
12. You learn to let sh*t go.
If you truly love your partner, you learn to let things go when you both are fighting. It's stupid to hold grudges and you both get that. You forgive each other easily, which also creates space for love and compassion since you know and accept that they are human and will make mistakes.
13. You never question your love for your partner.
If you never, ever question how much you love your partner, you know it's real. When you never question their love for you, that's when it's time to walk down the aisle.
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