While it starts with violins playing in the background and a slow breeze carrying you away to a perfect land, your first relationship also has lots of stuff to teach you. Here are 11 things you learn from your first relationship.
1. Everyone is wired differently.
He might not be a maintenance freak like you whereas you might not have any interest in all his gadget-related talks. Relationships are all about appreciating the dissimilarities between you two. You need to figure out if the differences can be ignored or are too much to handle in which case you either need to compromise or move out.
2. The line between “me” and “we”.
It may all seem starry initially and you might want to give it your all. But there is a point where the “we” has got to become “me”. A healthy relationship never makes you lose your identity. There is always a limit to the compromises you can and “should” make.
3. It’s NOT a fairy tale.
No, there is no knight in shining armor or a Cinderella about to be rescued from her torturous life. It doesn’t transform your world into all gold and glitters. It has its own twists and turns with a fair share of all the emotions life has to offer.
4. True love isn’t stumbled upon. It’s built.
No, there is nothing as soulmates or a match the heavens planned. Yes, all the songs and lore are exaggerations. When you see a happy couple, remember they worked for it amidst all the hardships and made it through. So, give them the credit and not the Gods.
5. Thinking beyond yourself.
Taking care of someone else’s emotions and realizing the effect you can have on the other person makes you more responsible and matured as a human being. It brings more sensitivity to your personality and teaches you to let go of trivial issues for that surreal feeling love brings.
6. You will always have millions of reasons to bail out.
Nobody is perfect- neither you nor your partner. The ideal image you built in your head shatters gradually when you realize that your partner is every bit as human as you are. The closer you are to a person, the clearer their faults get. It will be your choice to throw it away or mend it.
7. Things may not always be in your control.
8. Change is the only constant.
9. Love is not enough.
Yes, you read it right. Compatibility, commitment, trust, life and career goals- all have their roles to play in sustaining a relationship. If everything works against your love, there is less chance that love can hold you two together. Well, note that we said “less”, not “nil”.
10. What you really want from life.
It could be money or security or something else. Your first relationship helps you identify the areas you can’t compromise in and take tough decisions which might prove better in the long run for both of you.