Okay, don’t get mad at me if you’re one of those people who believe that love is the only thing you truly need to make a relationship successful. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a cold-hearted human being who doesn’t believe in the power of true love. I listen to all those sappy songs. I loved “The Notebook” just as much as you did.
And I still do everything in my power to keep the romance alive in my two-year old relationship. But there are still a lot of things that I’ve seen and done which have left me with a much more realistic and less exciting view on love. If you need to make a relationship work, you need to share more than just love.
You will inevitably have to face some times together when you won’t be capable of loving your partner with all your heart and soul. And those are the times when you’ll realize the importance of the following 11 things, the things that will stop you from leaving, the things that will help you face the hard times together, and the things that end up holding more significance than love:
I don’t care if you love your partner to the extent that every time they’re not around, you feel like you can’t even breathe. If you’ve been together long enough and you still never felt like you could completely trust them, then this relationship is not for you.
Trust is the most essential component of a successful relationship and in its absence, you can end up feeling constantly worried and hurt. Do you want to waste your entire life worrying about where your partner is, who they’re with, and what they’re doing, and ultimately end up feeling psychotic? I’m sure that’s not what you signed up for! *Continue reading on next page*