They give you the tingles, they’re cute, and you can’t imagine being without them. But those aren't the signs you're ready for marriage. We've all seen friends and celebrities tie the knot without giving much thought to it. But, if you would rather go the Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward route, you probably want to make sure you’re in the right place before settling down. And by right place I do not mean what town you live in or how much money you make. I’m talking about them emotions! Are you over your ex? Are you more excited for a wedding than a marriage? How are you when times get tough?
Do you imagine marriage being a bucket of rainbows, where you’re rolling around in wedded bliss, eating noodles Lady and Tramp style and staring into each other’s eyes? Are you holding hands while gazing out into the sunset every day? Or do you also realize sometimes you might argue about who’s turn it is to vacuum and or why there is dirty underwear lying on the floor? Assuming you get it’s not all warm and rosy all the time, you may very well be ready to tie the knot. Let’s check out some of the signs.
1. You’re OK on your own
You’re feelin’ yourself hardcore. You have Beyonce-like levels of self-confidence. If you’re even remotely dependent on your significant other or you’re obsessing with the idea of the perfect wedding—rather than the marriage—you may want to take a step back. Feeling OK and comfortable with yourself is essential for a long-lasting partnership.
2. You’re over dating
The idea of random dudes crying in your apartment at 3 am or the gorgeous guy who never calls you back isn’t as appealing as it used to be. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. All you want to do is curl up with a loved one and watch Netflix on a Saturday night. Or go on a double date. What used to be entertainment is now a headache.
3. You’re over your exes
Sure you may be curious about your ex because you’re alive and you're breathing. But when it’s all said and done, you’re happy in the present and completely 100 percent over them. Because your new special someone is like way more awesome. Even if that special someone is just a vibrator.
4. You know what you’re looking for in a partner
You used to date anyone who was cute and asked for your number. Sure that worked as long as you had no standards, but now you’re looking for someone who you can be with in the long haul. And your partner just so happens to fit the bill.
5. You are each other's cheerleader
The two of you support each other through the good and the bad. Neither one of you are competitive or jealous of one another's accomplishments. Like Brangelina.
6. Disappearing isn't an option
When the going gets tough, it's easy to duck and run. But if you're truly ready for a relationship and have dealt with all of your demons, you're not going to flee at the first sign of hardship. Besides ghosting is so tacky.
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