WARNING: Feelings ahead. Lots and lots of feelings.
Long-term relationships are a conundrum.
They’re comfy and warm, like pulling on a jumper someone’s warmed up for you. And then your partner goes and walks too far ahead of you, chews too loudly or says something rude about your friend, and suddenly you can’t stand the sight of them.
But a Reddit thread (the good kind) has reminded us of all the things we take for granted in our long-term relationships, so we compiled a list of the 32 most underrated things about being with someone you’ve known for years.
Some are quiet. Some are silly. And some will break your heart.
Because sometimes we just need reminding what we’ve got right in front of us.
Side note – Yes, this post is about all the excellent things about being in a long-term relationship. But being single has its perks too. Post continues after video.
They know the little things about you so you don’t have to explain anything to them… most of the time.
Having meals together. That’s probably one of the worst things for me about being single. I love to cook. But hate just eating it myself. In a relationship you always have someone there to enjoy it with you
A tender hug for no particular reason, other than you both naturally want to.
Not having to always shave your legs all the time, an oldie but a goodie.
Your inside jokes and nicknames no one else would find funny but they’re yours.
The bliss of falling asleep in a hug.
Making new friendships because of your partner. I’ve had friendships with the wags for 11 years!
Having someone love you even though they’ve seen your worst parts and seen you at your worst.
Having a second family – as much as navigating Christmas Day can be a nightmare, I love feeling apart of my partner’s family and seeing the love they have for her.
Having someone to watch truly, truly terrible TV with.
Someone who knows all your secrets.
Blanche d’Alpuget and Bob Hawke have spent a lifetime longing for one another. Here’s what Mia Freedman asked them about their long-term relationship. Post continues after audio.
Being TRULY vulnerable. My wife and I lost our seven-month-old son to cancer in Oct of 2016, earth shattering diagnosis and outcome, but being vulnerable and accepting that when she says “I love you” it encompasses so much more than three words. Vulnerability, loss, life, passion and joy flood through me when were together. Nothing else matters, honestly.