How Long Does it Take to Fall in Love

By on September 21, 2015

Love is a magical thing, isn’t? And by magical I mean incredibly confusing yet incredibly beautiful at the same time. Yes, it’s true love can drive us crazy. And one of the undying questions regarding love is, of course, how LONG does it take to fall in love?

Well, first things first: I hate to break it to you ladies, but there’s no possible way you’re in love with the guy (or ‘prince charming’, as you so carelessly refer to him as) you met 2 months ago and started dating shortly after. Love takes time, whether you want to admit it and believe it or not. I understand: in the beginning of a new relationship everything is incredibly lovely and you have butterflies invading your stomach 24/7 and the connection is new and fresh; but are you in LOVE with him, or just enjoying his company? Do you really KNOW this person enough to give your heart away?

So, it takes time to fall in love. How much time?
There’s really no telling how MUCH time it takes to fall in love with someone. After all, it’s going to be different for every person out there; which only adds to the utter confusion. But one thing is for sure: it’s going to be a very, very long time; and I’m not talking about a few months or even a year.

You Need to Know Your Partner Fully
You see, in order to truly love someone you need to know them for who they TRULY are. And I certainly doubt you’ve come to find out every hidden secret and detail about your partner if you’ve been dating less than a year. You need to see their flaws, know their quirks, and even find out the things that annoy you before you can truly know someone. You need to know their past, be a part of their present, and help them to their future.

You Need to Go Through Fights
Did you know that a lot of couples won’t fight for months? Maybe a little lovers tiff here and there, but nothing that would cause heartbreak or hurt. Well, when it comes time for one of these big fights, the couple doesn’t know how to handle it and they end up breaking up. If you and your partner have been through one (or many) of these quarrels and still hold on to each other, it’s a pretty big sign that you’re in love.

See Through Changes
People and life will change. Whether it happens 3 months or 3 years into the relationship. Something will happen in your life that completely changes everything, for instance a new job in a new country or a devastating incident that leaves you handicapped. And as people, we are constantly transforming and changing in looks and personality. Have you seen your partner through an incredibly change or life event? Have you seen your partner completely change and transform before your eyes? Have you loved them through all of these changes, and your feelings never changed a bit? When you’re in love, you accept someone to the fullest. If you do this, then I’d say you’re in love.

Do they make you FEEL?
When you’re really in love with someone, they will make you feel everything from special to loved to hurt to upset and every little emotion in between. Why? Because their opinion matters, and what they say has a big impact on you. And that’s another reason why love takes time.
A new relationship will be filled with flowers, daisies, flirting, and romantic date nights every other day; and that’s perfectly normal. But there’s more to love then just sitting on a rainbow eating gold with your partner. As time goes on, you’ll notice other feelings that your partner provokes. And when that individual has such a hold on your emotions, it’s love.

Let’s Break it Down.
Love takes time. You need to get to know someone to the fullest before you can even begin to have actual feelings of love for them. You need to be able to accept this individual for who they are, no matter what changes or transformations may occur. They should make you feel happy, but also provoke other feelings as well. How long will this take? A very, very long time. Don’t confuse love for lust, need, or want!

How long did it take you to fall in love?


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