I came across an article via Elite Daily recently titled “12 characteristics of true love and how you can be sure you’ve found it,” and upon reading it, I came to a realization I think is worth discussing here with all of you.
When I initially read the article, I was quite impressed with its contents. I still am. I tend to keep my distance from relationship advice articles as I firmly believe relationships are entirely subjective and it is, therefore, impossible to come up with a list of criteria that we should all be looking for in a partner, but this article is the best I’ve come across yet. It’s a bit of a lengthy read, but if you have a few minutes to spare, check it out.
After reading it, I wanted my boyfriend to read it as it resonated with me. When I showed him the article and asked him to read it, he offered me the following response:
“You know what people in relationships did a long time ago before there were internet and love advice articles and dating sites? They just figured it out and made it work.”
And his comment really encouraged me to take a step back and realize how correct he is in his opinion.
How can we really expect an article to provide us with insightful advice and instruct us as to how to go about having a relationship when relationships vary so tremendously depending on who you’re partners with? Is it logical to take advice from an article and inspect our own relationships to see if we meet the standard?
I don’t think so.
Again, this particular article is good, in my opinion, but my boyfriend’s perspective really changed my own, in a positive way. If you’re happy in a relationship, don’t look for someone else’s approval. Trust yourself and your partner and go through the ups and downs together.
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