If you ask me, the idea that a relationship is ~meant to be~ is mostly BS. You can be totally happy and fulfilled in your relationship, but that doesn't mean that the stars aligned to make it so: even the healthiest relationships take a lot of effort, and they don't "work out" by accident. In order for a relationship to last long-term, you need to take time to really get to know your partner — because the more you know about each other, the more confident you can be that they're really "The One" you're meant to be with forever.
"A couple is 'meant to be' when two factors are present: connection and timing," Rhonda Milrad, LCSW and Founder of online relationship community Relationup, tells Bustle. "When there is a deep connection between a couple and this aligns with the couple’s readiness to be in a long-term relationship, then the partnership can feel like it is 'meant to be.' If either is missing, then the magic won’t be there."
Ultimately, the way you know it's meant to be isn't some magical feeling: it's the simple knowledge that you and your partner know each other inside and out — and totally accept each other. You've spent so much time together that now you're like a walking encyclopedia of your partner.: you know everything from the name of their first kiss to their food allergies to their least favorite Spice Girl. If you can answer these 13 important questions about your significant other., it's a sign that the two of you are serious and in sync enough to take the next step in your relationship, whether that's moving in together or tying the knot.