We all know how hard relationships can be especially in today’s society. It seems we are all so quick to give up or so quick to move on if things don’t go the way we want. Maybe our expectations are too high, maybe we get a little selfish, or are we the type of person who always has to be right. The fact is relationships are hard, plain and simple. They take work. It takes truly learning the other person. It involves compromise, compassion, mutual respect and empathy. I am still learning what all it takes to build a healthy relationship but I have also learned a thing or two along the way. I find that when you do meet the person that captures your heart then and there you have a choice to decide if this person is worth ‘the fight’ to have a blissful relationship. I use the term ‘the fight’ loosely in meaning that there is NO person that will meet all of your needs and wants. It isn’t realistic or attainable. That is when you find out there are more things you are compatible with than not. Something I have learned is that to really focus on the positive qualities your partner brings to the relationship rather than the negative. If you are constantly focusing on the negative that is precisely what you will get. If you focus on the positive your relationship becomes that of peace and joy. You can truly find happiness among any difficulty you may face. Remember that just because you think one way doesn’t mean that your partner is wrong for their thinking. One way is not better than the other and if you keep this in mind you begin to look at the other persons thoughts with love and not resentments. Embrace your differences. These differences can enhance your relationship and introduce new ways of thinking a long with new discoveries and that can be exciting. When dealing with two different view points and ways of thinking it may take you out of your comfort zone but stepping out of your comfort zone to reach out to the one you love can be very rewarding. You may not have to understand your loved ones needs but if you love that person than you need to love the things that make that person who they are. I am certainly no expert when it comes to relationships but I do feel through some of my experiences I have some valid points. The one thing I really want to point out is in this big world there are really only a handful of people that truly love and care for you so if you are lucky enough to find someone who loves you with all of their heart and to all of their ability— Ride the roller coaster with them, Learn with them, Grow with them, and LOVE them. Love them selflessly, Love them with all you have and don’t let go.