When you find yourself completely in love with someone and absolutely certain that they are the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you also want to make sure that you've had several experiences together before taking the next big step. Since life can be an adventure, it's important to have a variety of different kinds of experiences together. Here are the five things you should experience with your partner before getting engaged.
1. A Full Holiday Season
Holidays are equal parts exciting as they are stressful. You'll want to make sure that you experience all of the holidays you both celebrate throughout one calendar year, together, with each other's families. It's a great way to meet your future spouses family members and also learn about their traditions.
2. A Big Life Change
Whether it's a big move across state lines, a new career change, or a family matter, going through a life change together is a great way to see how you two are able to support one another when times are less than optimal.
3. A Long Vacation
Perhaps in the past you and your partner have taken weekend trips together, but before taking the “next step,” plan a longer vacation to a place where you both have never been. When you travel with someone for more than a weekend, you begin to see all different sides each other.
4. Share Something "Big Picture" Together
Share the responsibility of something bigger than just a meal or a movie together, whether it's a dog, finances, moving, or taking care of a family member in need. That way, you'll be able to see how you work together and how you handle things when both of you are asked to split the responsibilities.
5. Discover a Hobby — Together
The best way to learn something new about a person is to take them out of their comfort zone. Both you and your partner should pick an activity, hobby, or local event that you've never tried before and try it — together. It will be interesting to see how your partner responds to learning something new, which can tell a lot about a person's coping mechanisms.