14 things you will learn from a long-term relationship

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There are some things that can only be learnt through the joy (and pain) of a long-term relationship:

1. Opposites Do Attract

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Just because you’re not the typical picture perfect couple, with all of the same interests in all of the same things, does not spell disaster.

2. Common Ground Can Be Anything And Everything

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Really, anything!

3. Don’t Be Afraid Of New Experiences

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When someone new comes into your life, so too does everything in their life. Friends, family, trips, events, plans. Go with the flow and embrace everything that’s thrown at you. Consider it all a learning curve and an experience.

4. Be Prepared For His Lad Friends Banter

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There’s nothing quite as nerve racking as meeting his lad friends for the first time. You’re going to be slagged and then dissected afterwards, so at least have some cutting responses ready for the man brigade awaiting you. They appreciate that so much more than a timid, awkward girl in the corner. 

5. Drunken Nights Bring You Closer

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Whether it’s telling him things that you never would sober, finally revealing your whopper dance moves or minding one another, being drunk in front of one another breaks down any barriers and makes you bond that little bit more.

6. All Of His Friends Aren’t Going To Love You

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Sadly. Maybe you’ll strike lucky, but more than likely not. Hey, you can’t be to everyone’s taste and if you dislike them too then it’s grand. 

7. You’ll Need A Serious Amount Of Patience

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Men can be infuriating sometimes, in fact, make that most of the time. Exercise as much patience as is humanly possible, until he pisses you off so much you must inform him politely. Or rudely.  Whatever floats your boat.

8. If Your Parents Like Him, He’s Probably A Good One

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If he passes the test of parental questioning, then he’s pretty much a winner. Your parents aren’t going to pull any punches when it comes to reviewing your newest male conquest. They’ll give it to you straight. Poor lad…

9. Long Distance Relationships Are Awful But Rewarding

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People really aren’t exaggerating when they say that being in a long distance relationship is tough. It’s frustrating, tiring, lonely and most of all, when you’re in separate countries, the amount of happy couples everywhere seems to treble. When you do get to see one another though, you’ll really make the most of it and enjoy your time together. Plus, if you can get through a long distance relationship together, you’re doing pretty well.

10. Buying Them A Present Is Always Confusing

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What do we get?!

11.  When You’re Mad At Him It’ll Totally Occupy Your Mind

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Never leave a fight unresolved overnight. As they say, you should never go to bed on an argument. It’s better to have one huge argument and clear the air, than to give him the silent treatment and let it go on for days because if you don’t, it’s all you’re going to be thinking about. Countless days ruined.

12. He’ll Make A Great Travel Companion

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You know all of those odd little places that you’ve always wanted to visit but never knew who to go with? A boyfriend is the answer to all of your problems. Pick the cheapest flights to the most random place and off you pop, a weekend of adventure awaits you.

13. You Don’t Have To Take Care Of Him

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It’s 2014, we are not your mothers. We’re going to sit down now and you can cook us some food. You may as well lay down the law from the very beginning and let him know that you will not be cooking for him. Ever. Put him in his place and all that. Then sit back and stuff yourself with the dinner he has so lovingly prepared. Get back in the kitchen, dear men.

14. There’s A Comfort In Knowing He’s There When You Need Him Most

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He'll always be there at the end of that awful, crappy day. 

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