10 Things You Need to Accept To Find True Love
Many want a relationship, but do they really know what that means?
In many ways, true love is similar to marriage, or having children. We have romantic fantasies, fueled by society, about these life choices. And yet, rarely do we think—what makes them reallywork? Often, more thought, and expense, is spent on planning the wedding than on planning the marriage. Couples find, once the honeymoon is over, that they know little about each other, or don’t share common values. Similarly, the idea of having a baby feels like giggles and trips to the park. That dies when you have triplets, your baby has colic, won’t take a bottle, or has special needs. Yet, this is being a parent. But it is a shock if you don’t think about it and commit, in advance.
These life choices, while wonderful, are also work. Most things of value are. Every day, couples get divorced. Every day, fussy babies are ignored or, worse, mistreated—because the responsibility inherent in marriage, and parenthood, was not appreciated before taken on.
To love and be loved in a positive, and healthy way is not effortless. True love means saying “no” to urges. True love means being conscious rather than hurtful, being helpful rather than selfish, acknowledging your partner’s needs, being faithful. True love includes both big and small acts. Because, love is action, love is work, and love is a decision.
It doesn’t take work to be in a dysfunctional relationship. People do it all the time. Oh, the ennui of taking another emotionally hostage, or allowing same for yourself. It may be chaos, drama, and decimation, but it is familiar.
But, to really love someone who really loves you is to be emotionally healthy, supportive, and caring. It is partnership, compromise, and acceptance. Real, true love amplifies while dysfunctional love contracts. And yet, that which amplifies comes with work and responsibility both to self and to each other.
There are things you can do that will almost guarantee success:
1. To find the right person, you need to be the right person.
Before a relationship, build your life. What went wrong in your last relationship? What patterns and habits do you need to address? Understand these before you get into a new one.
You both are in, or no one is in. If one partner wants to change and the other doesn’t, it is not a relationship anymore.
If you are in a relationship and are both trying to save it, you—both of you—figure it out and heal the wounds. Therapy is a good start. And, you both are in, or no one is in. If one partner wants to change and the other doesn’t, it is not a relationship anymore.