Everyone comes into a relationship with different expectations. Some are only interested in dating, while others want to make a trip to the altar. Some people don’t want to ever get married. So, relationships exist on a spectrum, and wherever you fall on that, one needs to have clear intentions about what they want from a relationship. There are multiple signs to look for in your partner before tying the knot. Marriage is not something you should rush into, instead take your time to process things and always proceed with caution. Here we’ve rounded up some signs to help you tell if you’re ready for the marriage.
When you have had enough time to know one another, the next thing is introducing each other to the respective families. If your partner introduces you to their family, this is a sign that they are eager to spend their whole life with you. If you are reluctant to meet your partner’s parents, you need to have a serious conversation with them. It’s totally fine to take things slow, and your partner should respect your goals and expectations.
The topic of ‘the future’ always stresses out the couples, but healthy communication is crucial for successful relationships. The best way to determine what your partner intends is to ask. So, ask your partner about their future goals, expectations, and thoughts while also communicating yours. For many couples, the question of ‘the future’ is pretty dreadful. They never take up this tricky issue to avoid break up. But talking about the future is very important. So, let the conversations happen naturally and keep it light. The best way is to write down your goals together. It will help you in seeing things clearly, and deeper conversations will feel much more effortless.
If your partner disapproves of your friends and bars you from hanging out with them, then they’re not marriage material. Friendships are an important part of our lives as they provide support that is different from what our partner offers. The person who truly loves you will always want to know more about your social circle. “At the end of the day, if someone wants to be in a relationship with someone they love, having a relationship with their friends on some level is important,” says California-based psychologist Andra Brosh, Ph.D. So, if you’re in a relationship, you should respect each other’s friends.