Relationships change over time and so does how we interpret love. From exchanging those first glances to the note of “Till death do us apart,” a relationship inevitably keeps changing in its own sweet but complicated ways. What starts as an emotional journey gradually with time involves practicality and compatibility as its partner too. Life is not all about a romantic relationship and a fairytale wedding – Interpretations about love can be well understood by expectations by people in different phases of life. Let us take a look at how understanding or expectations about love changes along with the chemistry between couples in various stages of life.
Teenage is that time of life when you are discovering and rediscovering yourself time and again. During this period new things become interesting, what you don’t have becomes more appealing, and part and parcel of this newness is falling in love. It is not at all simple – teenagers deal with their curiosity while also handling peer pressure and academic pressure paired with a tremendous emotional and hormonal turbulence. Life of a teenager is complicated in its own ways, and when it comes to expectations and interpretations of love, it is on similarly complicated lines. Teens want their love interest to be charming while also be good in academics. They should be good looking because let’s be honest at this point in life that matters immensely. Teenagers also like their partners to be entertaining and social, so they gel well with their friends and social circle, but they should also be extremely focused towards their career and future. Above everything else, love at this phase of life means giving each other enough time and being together as much as they can.
It is amusing how a few years and couple of heartbreaks can change the outlook and expectations of what love means to an individual. The phase of puppy love goes away as fast as the teenage phase does. By the time you are 20-something, you already know how to take better decisions but still curious about exploring the options in matters of your heart. Most individuals don’t want to settle down by this phase, but they do look for someone they are really compatible with and can think of a near or far future. The requirement of continuously being with each other is replaced by understanding and providing each other enough space. Being financially settled, having high-flying career goals, etc. are definite criteria. By this phase you want your partner to be supportive, understanding and help in aiding personal as well as emotional growth.
By the time you reach your middle age, you are well-experienced and have seen many storms. You know by now that you do not need another person to define your happiness and what you seek instead is dependability. Partners look for a solid emotional support and encouragement regarding career or personal feats. This phase is not about curiosity but instead of integrity, where you do not let anything else eclipse your love life and strive to make it work out better by each passing day.
It is said to be the most satisfactory phase of love. Somewhere amidst seeking an emotional solace, a transparent and selfless bonding and understanding each other and taking care of each other – the final interpretation of love is all about bonding and companionship. Expectations just include taking care of each other, a healthy relationship with less drama and more selfless love.