Being in a relationship is often one of the most important things in your life. Even if the relationship isn’t perfect and even if you’re still learning and growing together, ultimately, it’s something that makes you happy. But, as with everything in life, it’s something that is always changing. Because as time goes by, things always do change. As people, we learn and develop pretty quickly – and that can impact upon your relationship. And so, you may find that your relationship with your significant other goes through different phases. Not only will you have ups and downs, but you will be moving along the different steps of the ladder too. So, right now, do you know where you are and do you know what’s next?
Moving In Together
To kick this off, let’s talk about moving in together. These days, this isn’t something that you do once you get married. It’s also good to see how you get along before you commit. However, you will want to decide whether you rent or buy first to see what’s best for you.
If you know that you’ve found The One and you’re happy living together, maybe the next step for you is marriage? Or, more aptly, an engagement. Because getting the engagement ring and saying yes is important before you think about the marriage part. So maybe this needs to be planned in?
If you are engaged, maybe it’s time to bite the bullet and plan the wedding? It could be that you even want to get married right away and you’re not fussed about a long engagement and it’s the marriage matters to you? Either way, it’s time to have the conversation and make it happen.
Or maybe for you, it could be that you’re thinking more and more about having kids? And this can be really scary when it’s brand new to you. But, there are lots of different ways to determine whether you’re ready to have a baby. It’s important for you to have the conversation with your partner to find out what they’re thinking and whether you’re both ready. Then, the joys of family planning can come your way!
Calling It A Day
Finally, as much as you may not want this to be the case, or as much as you may not even want to admit it to yourself, it could be time to call it a day. Are you in the relationship out of habit? Are you staying because you’re afraid to be alone or you feel like you won’t meet anyone else? Or maybe you just don’t get along or you want different things? If this is the case, then you really need to take a long look at what you want out of life. Because it isn’t fair for the both of you. And maybe being apart will be better for you both.