While some people believe that soulmates are a myth, there are still plenty of people who feel like they were destined to love their partner.
Recently, Reddit user u/zestycloser666 asked, "When did you know your significant other was 'the one'?"
1. "She was my friend first. I realized that I compared all women to her. She was my gold standard for what I wanted in a woman. Making the leap to a relationship was definitely a risk, but I knew I had to try. We'll be celebrating our eighth anniversary soon."
2. "When we were arguing, it didn't feel like we were fighting each other, but that we were just two frustrated people trying to better understand each other. I had never experienced it before, and it honestly made me feel so much less angry at that moment."
3. "At the end of our first date, she shook my hand at her door. As I walked to my car I was telling myself, Way to go, idiot, you fucked it up so bad she shook your hand. We worked together and she came up and apologized to me the next day, saying she hadn't been on a date in a while and didn't really know how to end the date. That was when I knew. We actually came up with our own handshake that we even did at our wedding. It's been 16 years and not a day goes by that I don't remind myself how lucky I am to have met her."
4. "The night we met, all I wanted to do was be next to her. She is everything I could ever ask for — my best friend, my soulmate, and the best thing that ever happened to me. Twenty-four years together and it pains me to say she died 15 months ago at only 41 years old. I can't stand to wake up in the morning knowing she won't be there. My life and heart are forever broken and will never be the same. Without a doubt, I am a better man and father to our three beautiful kids because of her. Stephanie, I will forever be totally and completely in love with you and only you."
5. "Do you know how there’s nowhere quite like home? There are loads of places you love to be, but home just feels right. You can relax there like nowhere else; it’s safe, all your favorite stuff is there, it even feels like a sigh of relief to come home. That’s what being with him is like. When I come home to him, I’m coming home twice."
6. "She and I went on a canoe trip where every possible thing that could go wrong, went wrong. I forgot the poles to the tent, and the route was still covered in soot from forest fires three years ago. Worst of all, a can of bear spray fell from a bag onto rocks and shattered. It exploded and the contents started to spray out. I ran over and kicked it, but found myself in a cloud of essentially pepper spray. It took another 30 minutes of washing my eyes out in the river until I was able to do anything else. Residue found itself on essentially everything, including some of the food and her water bottle, which meant spicy water and hot mouths all night. She took it all like a champ and I knew that if our relationship could survive that trip from hell, it could survive anything thrown at it."
7. "On our first date, we laid it all on the table — we talked about what we’d been through, what we were working through, and how we were doing that. A few weeks later, he did something that triggered me. It took everything in me not to revert to my old behaviors, but I did let him know it upset me. After he was done with his previous engagement, he shot me a message, picked me up at midnight, and we grabbed a coffee and drove around talking about it. He told me that my PTSD from previous abuse in relationships did not mean that I was not worthy of love or a healthy relationship and that it didn’t change how he felt about me. I pretty much knew then."
"A few weeks after that, my stepfather had an aneurysm and died. He got out of bed after working a 12-hour night shift, drove with me and my kids the three hours to my mother’s, stayed with the kids while she and I were at the hospital, then drove the kids home a couple of days later while I stayed with my mother to make funeral arrangements.
The whole time, I’m sobbing because I lost a man I considered my father and he was so helpful, compassionate, and available. I told him I was going to marry him. He laughed and said, 'Aren’t you supposed to ask?' I told him it wasn’t a question. We were engaged six months into our relationship and it has been the most emotionally stable, rewarding, and the best thing I have ever done. The third time’s a charm, I suppose!"