Looking for love? Well, before you can be struck by Cupid’s arrow, there are a few things to consider. If you think you’re ready to find that special someone, you first need to take an honest look at yourself. After all, you can’t be happy with someone else if you’re not totally happy with yourself. That said, if you’re looking for a mate, here are five ways to know you’re ready for love.
1. You’ve given up
Not on yourself, but on the idea of finding the perfect mate, because we all know that doesn’t actually exist. While no one wants to hear, “You’ll find him or her when you least expect it,” there’s truth in this statement.
In The Huffington Post, Tracy McMillan writes, “There is something about surrendering your whole Plan For Your Love Life that opens your heart wide enough for a real (not fantasy) man to walk into it.” It may sound contradictory, but if you’ve given up on the process of looking for love, then you’re ready to find, recognize, and accept love for what it really is, rather than some Disney princess, fairy tale version of it.