When speaking about relationships, we usually discuss what would make somebody a good boyfriend or girlfriend. However, what often goes overlooked, is what it really means to be ready for a loving relationship.
It doesn’t matter if you find the woman or man of your dreams if you aren’t ready to be with them. It also brings about the chance of the harsh truth that they might not be interested in you in return if you are not in the right place emotionally.
Here are 10 signs that you are indeed ready for a relationship:
1) You don’t have unrealistic expectations anymore.
When you do not expect your partner to be perfect, then you know you’re ready to find true love. You accept your partner with their flaws, because you know that’s part of their originality.
2) Your love invigorates and re-energizes you.
Regardless of how tiring or bad your day has been, if you meet your partner and immediately feel relieved from seeing and embracing your partner, then it is probably true love. Also, if you actually feel more energetic when you spend with your partner, that is an even stronger sign.
3) Your feelings make sense.
If you feel like you don’t want to be without your boyfriend/girlfriend unnecessarily, and if you suddenly realize that they complete your happiness in life, then you can tell for sure that you are in a truly loving relationship, although these feelings would not make any sense unless love was involved.
4) You treat other people better.
When you are so happy that it begins to impact the way you do everything in life—including the way you treat other human beings—then you know you are in an optimal romantic relationship. Furthermore, it’ll make the people we interact with happier, which can make you even happier than you already are.
5) You feel stronger than ever before.
You will know you’re ready to settle down when you start to handle life’s tribulations better, to manage to achieve more in life and to become more independent. Your desire to be an ideal partner will make you stronger.
6) You know yourself better.
Knowing and accepting who you are is one of the most important steps you need to take before you’re finally ready for a serious relationship. Also, this trait helps you better understand other people as well as what kind of people you want in your life.
7) You are more grounded.
Although fairy tale love often includes glass slippers and decade-long naps, when you are with the right partner, you tend to focus on everyday happiness, success, and peacefulness as opposed to fantasizing about unrealistic and somewhat shallow desires.
8) You are not jealous.
You’ll know you are in a loving, romantic relationship when you are not nervous or jealous about your partner spending a lot of time on their own. Real love inspires confidence and trust.
9) You are peaceful.
You’re ready to fall in love when you eventually feel peace and content rather than nervousness and scattered emotions. At least most of the time—these feelings will always come back now and then, and they will be appreciated more in concentrated doses.
10) You are finally able to love yourself.
As alluded to, the genuine love that you see in your partner’s eyes, hear in their voice, and feel in their touch will make you 100% sure that you are worth being loved deeply and lastingly. It will finally feel like you are worth all that love.
This article was first published here.