We asked people how they knew they’d found “the one” and here’s what they said…

In the past few months I’ve had a lot of conversations with people about marriage. How do we feel about this concept of sticking to one person for a lifetime? Some felt they would never be able to commit to only one person – how would they know if they’d chosen well? I asked a few people how they knew their partner was “the one.”

“It wasn’t that there was a specific moment when I realised he was “the one.” It was that I realised living without him would be unbearable.” – Ella, London, married 40 years

“I knew he was “the one” because I’d grown out of believing in “the one” before I met him. But with him – I felt a deep sense of peace. Not the chaotic, changing emotions I’d felt with previous boyfriends. Just a security – with my whole self I knew he was for me.” – Emily, Harrogate, married for 2 years

“I knew my partner was “the one” because I had so much respect for who he was. From the moment I met him, he inspired me.”  – Sophie, Somerset, married for 3 years

“She became my biggest distraction. I felt more alive, more myself and more human when we were together and now – I couldn’t imagine having it any other way.” – Josh, Harrogate, married for 2 years

“It all happened very quickly for us – we were engaged seven weeks after we met. It was fun and unpredictable, but our values matched. It just fell into place and we both knew we wanted to get married – soon!” – Clare, Bristol, married for 28 years

“I had a fear of commitment so I didn’t know straight away. But gradually as we grew together I realised that I loved her, and wanted only her.”  – John, Bristol, married for 25 years

“It was easy, it just happened. I didn’t have to think about whether it was right. It just was right.” – Sophie, Torquay, married for 33 years

Oddva Thompson

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