The Princess Diaries movies left me completely blind as to what falling in love is actually like. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great movies… but in reality, falling in love with your “forever someone” is more than perfectly timed kisses and foot pops. Although if your foot does pop, it’s probably a good sign.
In reality, falling in love can be a bunch of different experiences. Some people have whirlwind romances, others a slow burn. Regardless, the things that make someone your forever tend to look pretty similar.
Here are six little signs the two of you are meant to be together:
1. They show up
This might seem like a given, but you’d be amazed how many people stay in relationships where the other person doesn’t show up for them. Being in a relationship is more than just cute Instagram photos and gifts on your anniversary. It’s about effort… and commitment. Your forever person won’t forget about you, leave you waiting by the phone for hours, or have you questioning if they care. They leave you feeling full, appreciated, and loved. They show up for you, when you need it, and when you don’t. They’re just somehow always there for you.
2. You can communicate non-verbally
Sometimes all it takes is a look and you know exactly what your partner is trying to say. Whether it’s a look, a touch, a gesture – the two of you are able to communicate without saying a word. It’s almost like a superpower…the two of you are telepathic. And it doesn’t just happen in public! The two of you could be watching TV and with a single look, he knows you want popcorn. It’s like some kind of magic.
3. You’re always yourself
True love is being your 100% true self with your significant other and vice versa. Nothing is off limits, you’re never candid, and you’re not pretending to be someone else. You’re completely yourself and totally comfortable being so. You’ve never felt like you needed to change, and on the other hand, you’ve never expected your significant other to change either. You’re both yourself and you love each other the way you perfectly are.
4. You’re always laughing
Forever couples know how to laugh, even when things aren’t going as planned. Knowing how to laugh at each other, at yourself, and together will keep your relationship light-hearted, even when things get tough. Years down the road, laughter is the one thing that can make almost any situation better, so make sure the person you’re with makes you laugh.
5. You’re a perfect team
Teamwork makes the dream work! But in all seriousness, you’re meant to be together forever if you make the perfect team. It doesn’t matter what’s going on, the two of you always have each other’s back. Neither of you ever feel like you’re facing the world alone, and you put extra effort into making sure your partner has the support when they need it. Day in and day out, you two are always looking out for each other and working together to make things work.
6. They make you a better person
You might not notice it at first, but your forever person will make you a better person. They’ll push you to go for your dreams, share bucket-list experiences with you, and will always make you feel special. They won’t let you settle, will help you when you’re discouraged, and push you to achieve more than you could ever imagine. They make your life brighter and you’re never afraid to admit it.
Every relationship will have its ups and downs. No one’s perfect. But when you’re with your forever person, things will feel like they’re falling into place. Through the good and the bad, you’re always there for each other, ready to tackle the world together.