Tell-Tale Signs That Your Relationship Is Ready For Engagement
Getting engaged is a big step when dating. It’s the first step at deciding to spend your life with your lover.
Even if you’ve been with someone for a long time, even if you feel sure you’re going to spend your life with them, it can be tricky to know exactly when you’re ready to take the next step.
It’s a big decision and one that you definitely don’t want to take lightly. On the other hand, at some point, there’s going to be a leap of faith involved. You may not be 100 per cent sure that you’re ready, you may never be absolutely certain the choice is the right one. You just have to make sure that you’re ready to try.
How do you know if you’re ready to get engaged? There are some things that every relationship needs to make it in the long term. Wondering if you’re ready to take the next step? Here’s what to look out for.
1. You are not scared
It’s totally normal to feel a little nervous about any big life decision and getting engaged and getting married certainly fall into that category.
But when you’re really ready to get engaged, the idea shouldn’t scare you. It might feel big and even surreal, but it won’t feel scary. When you can start to imagine your future with someone and it feels natural and even exciting that’s a really good sign that you’re in the right place to take the leap.
2. Super comfortable with them
If you’re going to spend the rest of your life with someone you better be comfortable with them. Comfort in a relationship is a complicated thing. For a lot of people, they think of being able to relax and have a night in together, just chilling out in your pyjamas while you watch Netflix and eat pizza. And that’s definitely important but being comfortable also means a whole lot more.
If you’re going to be engaged, you need to be comfortable in every way. Comfortable talking about what’s bothering you and voicing your own opinions. Being comfortable together covers such a huge range of things, but they’re all important.
So you want to make sure that you’re at your most comfortable, honest self in your relationship. Also, make sure your partner feels the same way too.
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3. Your communication is top-notch
Communication is key to building a long-lasting relationship that will eventually lead to marriage.
It’s not just about being able to talk to each other and feeling like what you’re saying is being heard and really taken into consideration, although that’s obviously important. The reason communication is so crucial is that it makes everything better.
If you can communicate, it will help you work through whatever comes your way. Work stress, your s*x life, fights with your in-laws, not getting enough time together e.t.c. Anything and everything that can happen becomes so much easier if you have strong communication. So being able to communicate is very important for any engagement.
4. Rough spots haven’t ended the relationship
Speaking of life coming at you, rough spots can make or break a relationship. “Never fighting” isn’t real. It either means that one person (or both of you) is just burying how they feel and deferring to the other or it means that you haven’t been together long enough to really see how to deal with stress.
Fighting in a relationship actually isn’t a bad thing if you do it in a healthy way. As long as your disagreements are respectful, you can learn a lot about each other when you hit rough spots.
Life is always going to happen, things are always going to go wrong. Knowing that you can come through the other side even stronger is crucial if you’re going to be spending the rest of your life with someone.
5. Friends and family members are asking
Sometimes, other people can see an engagement coming before you do. If friends and family are starting to ask and they think it’s a done deal, then that can be a sign. But don’t let them put you under pressure, take your time.
Make sure that you feel comfortable being yourself, ready to weather the ups and downs, and excited about your future. When in doubt, trust your gut because, really, you probably already know if you’re ready.
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