There have been a thousand or more articles written about how to have a successful long-term relationship, but none that like to capture or catch some of the basic components we have found important in relationships. That is merely not true.
The grass always looks greener in other people’s lives, because few people share the truth of the amount of work that goes into relationships. Relationships even the best relationships in the world need continuous attention, nurturing, and work. If you can understand and accept the need for continuous attention and work in your relationship, you are started in the right direction. There are a lot of firsts that come with being in a relationship. And no, I don’t mean your first time having sex, I mean many others. After all, you are going to spend a lot of time with them, doing a lot of things that you are not comfortable doing. We don’t see those parts of the relationship in the media, it is not as colorful or pretty as the rest. But it’s just as important. One artist realized the importance of it. Flo Perry created a series of important firsts that long-term couples go through. They may be not so attractive but they are really important signs/milestones.