Friday, February 24, 2017

5 Things That Every Long-Term Couple Knows To Be True

This is a contributed post.

When you’ve been in a relationship for a long time - say a year or more - your life begins to change. Finally, after months of pretending to be completely and utterly perfect, you begin to let loose a little and start being yourself around your significant other.

As more time passes, your relationship changes more and more, until you and your partner have a completely different relationship to the one that you used to have. That’s a good thing, by the way, because it means that your relationship is moving forward and growing, as it should be.

So, the question is, what should a long-term relationship look like? To give you an idea, below is a list of five things that every long-term couple knows to be true…

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1. You prefer to stay in rather than go out

The chances are that before you met your significant other, as well as when you were first together, you loved to go out. You would spend every Friday and Saturday night out at local bars and clubs, partying the night away. Now that you’re in a long-term relationship, it’s rare for you to go out on the weekends. Instead, you spend every weekend in with your partner watching Netflix, eating pizza, and just chilling out - Netflix and chill means just that, no funny business.

2. The days of pretty underwear are gone

When you first met your partner, the chances are you bought new underwear for every date and made sure that you were always wearing a matching set. You probably spent hours browsing your fave store looking at the Freya underwear that you loved to treat yourself to, but now those days are gone. For special occasions, like your partner’s birthday or an anniversary you might treat yourself to some new underwear, but the rest of the time you’re happy to wear whatever - welcome to the world of long-term love.

3. You’re sick of being asked when you will tie the knot

Because you’ve been together for so long and are yet to tie the knot, you’re constantly asked by friends and relatives when you’re going to take the leap and get hitched. Just because you’ve been together for a long time, that doesn’t mean that you’re ready to tie the knot, and it’s annoying when people constantly ask. You know your partner will pop the question when they’re ready, you just wish other people would stop asking - it’s seriously annoying.

4. You have a lot of shared friends

Before you met your partner and things got serious, you each had your own sets of friends. However, now that you’ve been together for a while they’ve all kind of merged and now you have lots of couple friends instead. Admittedly, this would make breaking up a little messy, but you love having all the same friends because it makes social occasion much more enjoyable for you both.

5. It’s not about big romantic gestures

Big romantic gestures are great, but that’s not what loving someone is about. Yes, it’s always nice to be surprised with a big bunch of roses or a nice box of chocolates, but that’s not what being in a long-term relationship is about. It’s the little things that show you how much your partner cares, like when they make you a cup of tea without being asked, pick up your fave Friday night snacks, or stroke your head as you fall asleep.

Long-term relationships are worlds apart from new relationships for an array of reasons. When you’ve been together for a long time, your partner becomes a fundamental part of your world - part of the fabric of your life.

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