We've all heard it before: “You’ll find someone to love when you’re not looking.” Some of us believe it, and the rest of us realize how ridiculous and illogical that statement is.
Not to diss serious boyfriend/girlfriend couples, but the term “partner” carries with it not only a relevant non-gendered reading, but also its own degree of seriousness and initiative.
Think about transitioning from boyfriend/girlfriend to partner labels?
But in general, the mid-to-late 20s shows a dating shift: We're closer to finding “the one,” and anyone we take seriously will, for lack of a better word, be taken seriously.
And this isn't high school serious (“Wow, he gave me his class ring! ), or college serious (“I'm so sad we'll be apart for winter break, but we have spring break to look forward to!
Finding a person to love, in summation, relies on understanding yourself well enough to know what to look for in another.