Congratulations! You are a couple now.
But what is next? A beautiful journey of romantic episodes chiselled from movies and television shows is what you expect. But are you going to get it?
Well, remember everything in life is not a hallmark card and there will be bumps on the highway of life. So, brace yourself and get ready to set out into this new trajectory.
Couples usually spend on frivolous things to start their journey. Scented candles, orchids, could easily be replaced by appreciation and warm gestures.
Don't do it just because everyone does it and because that is the next best thing to do. Gauge if you are emotionally, financially, and socially ready.
One of the partners may tend to spend more time on social media than with each other. Start your journey by getting to know each other and invest in each other's life experiences.
Money matters can become complicated. Remember, it is not 'MY MONEY', 'YOUR MONEY' now, but 'OUR MONEY'.
Food made well, a small gift bought, a new dress, a kind gesture, work done on behalf of the other or any family member need to be acknowledged for and appreciated. Remember to fuel the niceties and ignore the others.
Social parties, events, get-togethers may all seem overwhelming but don't be in a mad rush to project yourself to others as the best couple.
You may receive some shocks when you discover some habits of your partner coming like a bolt from the blue. Wet towel on the bed, smelling shoes, too much time dressing up, and so on which you may have never expected. Don't jump to conclusions and be judgmental. Just help each other out and express yourself clearly without ego battles.
Are you annoyed by the friends or calls or posts of your partner? This may be tricky. Stop getting into the vortex of an 'Instagram' world. While you need to respect each other's friends and time, do carve out space for 'WE' time.
Do you involve family members into small arguments? Time to learn to express yourself openly, clearly and patiently.
Enjoy, love, nurture and care for each other and make the roller-coaster ride fun and thrilling for yourself. Your partner and all those around you.
Say cheers to happiness and be determined to stay that way.
The article is originally written by Namrata Ramkrishnan.
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