There’s one thing we’re all chasing after, and that is love.
Falling in love is like coming home. Your worries are quieted and you feel protected in your partner’s arms. And when you’re deep in love, it’s hard not to picture the rest of your life with that other person.
But how do we know for certain that it’s real forever and not just a fantasy?
Here are the ten signs you’ve found the woman you want to spend the rest of your life with:
1. You don’t need to pretend
Good days and bad days, you can totally be yourself — whatever mood you’re in — and she always thinks you shine. She understands who you are and doesn’t expect you to be anyone but yourself. There’s no pretending. You can lounge in stained sweatpants and not formulate sentences; she gets it because she’s right there with you.
2. At the end of a really bad day, all you want is to be with her
No matter what kind of crummy mood you’re in, you’d rather be with her than be alone. She will always patiently listen to you, while you speak your mind and she won’t invalidate your concerns with her honest feedback. Her confidence and passion positively influence your own, which makes your relationship all the more exciting. You want to be near her, always.
3. The attraction is more than just physical
Physically, emotionally and mentally, you two are compatible on all those levels. The chemistry between you both is powerful enough to block everything else out. Even doing the littlest things together, such as running to the grocery store, feel more special because she’s around. You can’t keep your hands off each other and you certainly aren’t holding back.
4. You want to share every experience with her
When you envision your future, she has a major role in it (and vice versa). The idea of spending the rest of your life with her doesn’t scare you. Being by her side is where you feel most comfortable.
5. She not only listens to you, but she also hears what you’re saying
She can read between the lines and anticipate your needs without you having to communicate them all the time. She knows what you are trying to say without having to always explain yourself. You help each other grow and become the people you want to be.
6. You have the same idea of romance
Whatever your definition of romance is — intimate dinners, long road trips, cuddling in bed — she shares in it and will go the extra step to make that happen.
7. You love more than you fight
It never feels good to fight because you care too much about her to hurt her. The compromise always seems like the best option because you both can be happy. But at the end of the day, you really can’t stay mad at each other for long.
8. Your happiness is her happiness, and vice versa
You know she’s the one because she’s good to you in ways that you’ve never thought possible. She wants what’s best for you, even if it comes at a cost to her.
9. She accepts you as you are
You’re messier, louder and maybe less funny, but she loves you for it. She makes you feel good about all those things you might dislike about yourself.
She knows everything about you — good and bad — and appreciates both because it’s all part of who you are.
10. She lets the world know you’re her true love
She brags about you to her friends because she’s so proud to call you her own. You would brag more, except everyone already knows how enamoured you are.
You are hers, she is yours and suddenly it all feels comfortingly simple.