Are You Ready for Marriage?

Oof, we hit you hard with that title, didn’t we?

Sorry to come on strong, but are you ready for marriage? Many people don’t know when it’s the right time; they either overthink it or jump right in and hope for the best. Either of these scenarios is entirely normal. However, there are some signs that you’re ready. Let’s discuss!

You Talk Openly About the Future

Futuristic conversations are not the first thing on your mind when you begin seeing someone, but they become important as the relationship advances. Think back on recent conversations with your partner: Have you shared honest, in-depth feelings? Have any of the topics been serious? If you’ve discussed things like kids, job advancements, owning a home together, or adopting an animal, you’ve had some convos about the future.

You Have Realistic Expectations

At the beginning, a relationship can feel like it’s all rainbows and butterflies. But that doesn’t last forever. Reality eventually sets in. Realistic expectations include understanding that your partner can make you happy beyond belief…but they can also disappoint you. Marriage comes with the good and the bad, and you need to be prepared for that.

You Cherish Positive Intimacy

A solid foundation is necessary in any marriage, and how do you build that? With trust and honesty. Intimacy isn’t just about sex; it includes emotional closeness, like being vulnerable, saying what satisfies and dissatisfies you, and cuddling. So, if you can confidently say you trust your partner to stay committed to you and vice versa, you’re on the right track. And if you can confirm that the relationship is open to discussing any positive or negative situation, even better.

You Can Resolve Arguments Together

No relationship is without disagreements (if yours is, please share the secret with us ASAP!). But if you can argue with your partner and resolve the issue, it’s a sign you are ready for marriage. Using phrases like “I feel” and “I think” can positively impact any fighting outcome. It’s also important to take responsibility for your actions and wrongdoing.

You Are Sexually Satisfied

Sex isn’t everything…but it is something. So, as our last piece of wisdom, you may be one step closer to being ready for marriage if you see yourself committing to this sexual partner for the rest of your life. If not, before you throw in the towel, have an honest conversation with your SO. Changes can be made to optimize pleasure. You don’t have to settle and think, “I guess this is all I get.”

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