It's incredibly easy to start feeling doubts about a relationship.
Is this person right for me? Is he husband material? Is it normal that I was attracted to that guy I talked to for a few minutes at the bar?
At some point while dating, you're going to have some questions about your relationships. But what are simple doubts, as opposed to actual deal breakers?
Here are some second thoughts that everyone has had in a relationship at some point or another. So if you're thinking them right now, don't worry.
1. Is This My Forever Person?
Is this just my significant other, or is this my soulmate? There's a difference between dating and true commitment.
Sometimes, you know that the person you're seeing might be someone you hang out with for a few months, or maybe even years. But then, you get to a point where you have to wonder, Is this the guy I'm going to marry?
One of my close friends and her boyfriend just broke up because, after five years together, they realized they weren't compatible enough to spend the rest of their lives together. They truly enjoyed each other's company and loved one another very much, but they just didn't think they were soulmates.
So, in every relationship, it's very normal to wonder if the person you're dating is the person you should be dating forever. In fact, if you don't wonder that at any point, then that could be a cause for concern.
2. Do I Have A Crush On Someone Else?
When you're in a relationship, it's normal to fantasize. Whether it's your boyfriend's best friend, your office co-worker, or that guy at the bar, you're only human, and you're bound to get a crush.
However, if your crush turns into emotional or physical infidelity, then that's not normal or appropriate relationship behavior.
So if you find yourself fantasizing about that cute guy you saw jogging, then you're in the clear. As long as you're emotionally and physically faithful to your significant other (if those are the relationship rules you've set up), then you can flirt and fantasize all you want (within reason).
You're in love, but you're not blind!
3. Is This The Only D*ck I'll Have For The Rest Of My Life?
When you're in a serious, monogamous relationship, or perhaps even thinking about marriage, it's natural that you'll start thinking about your sex life.
Will you never get to kiss another guy again? Is this the last person you're ever going to have sex with?
Coming to that realization might be an immediate shock that could make you fear commitment. But monogamy doesn't mean your sex life is going to die. There are plenty of ways to spice up your relationship, even after you've been together for a long time.
If you find yourself questioning if you're ready for one d*ck for the rest of your life, don't get too hung up on it. It's a normal fear to have, and there are plenty of solutions to keep your sex life wild and far from boring with the person you love.
4. Will He Be A Good Father?
It's typical to imagine your significant other as a parent. While they might be a great guy to Netflix and chill with, or a fun drinking buddy, you have to wonder if this guy is going to be a good father to your children one day.
This question is common, and it's also a necessary step when you're commitment-minded and thinking about moving forward in your relationship.
So not only is it a second thought that everyone has in their relationship, but it's a second thought that everyone should have in their relationship.
5. Can I Do Better?
At some point in a relationship, everyone wonders if they're settling. Things you once found charming about your significant other start to become boring. When you first started dating, they tried to impress you with their best outfits and nice-smelling cologne, and now, it seems that the only thing they have in their closet are dirty sweatpants.
There's a natural ebb and flow to relationships, and overall, it's the emotional connection that counts. Think about whether you could imagine your life with anyone else. At times, you're bound to get bored. But would you rather be bored with your boyfriend, or bored with a complete stranger you met off Tinder?
Doubts are normal when you're dating someone, and relationships are work, so it's normal to have questions.
But if you never feel at ease, or come across any serious relationship deal breakers, then it might be time to reevaluate if your relationship is right for you.