HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE READY TO PROPOSE?
Deciding whether or not you’d like to spend the rest of your life with someone is not a simple decision. We all know marriage is a long-term commitment that requires two people to maintain the relationship through thick and thin and making that commitment needs some thorough time to ‘think-it-through’. Whilst it’s great to know you really sure to pop the question and enter into that lifetime commitment is a great thing, here are the key things that might tell you you’re ready to propose.
1. YOU WANT TO BE WITH THEM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
Wanting to be around your partner all the time is a common feeling in the early stages of a relationship, or in the honeymoon phase. However if this feeling continues well after several years of being in a relationship with that same person, then you could be onto a winner. Wanting to spend time with your partner as companions, friends and lovers is a fantastic win meaning you’re not afraid to spend the good, the bad and ugly with a special person doing it by your side.
2. YOU’RE READY TO SETTLE DOWN
Being willing and ready to settle down is a key indicator that you might be ready to take your relationship to the next level. Regular boys nights may have become a thing of the past and you find yourself preferring to spend the night in with your significant other over a boozy night on the town. Finding the right partner doesn’t mean you can never have boys nights and your individual identity needs to be erased, it just means you can find the balance and always keep your partner at the forefront of the decisions you make.
3. YOU’VE DISCUSSED A FUTURE TOGETHER
If you and your partner have discussed your future together and it seems as though you are both on the same page, this could indicate that you’re ready. You may have already discussed the idea of children, properties, travel and more with them and both agreed it was something you’d like to do or not – together. Discussing your future together could signal that you’re ready to move to the next phase and spend the rest of your lives with each other.
4. THEY’RE YOUR BEST FRIEND
Whilst sexual intimacy is important in any relationship, friendship can be the thing that makes it last a lifetime. If your significant other is the first person you want to share your news with, the one you feel most comfortable discussing personal issues with and the one you always want to be around, then you could be ready to pop the question. Just like a best friend, if you and your partner share the same values, interests and core beliefs – you could be onto a sure thing.
5. YOU LOVE THEIR FLAWS
Everyone has personality quirks and perceived flaws that can appear in the later stages of a relationship. If you find their quirks and ‘flaws’ endearing and loveable rather than annoying, she or he could be the one for you.
6. YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS APPROVE
By the time you’re thinking about engagement, it’s likely your family and friends have spent a lot of time with your significant other. If your family and friends seem to approve of your plans and are hinting that you should ask, this could be a natural fit!