Even when you're in a great relationship, there are issues to contend with, and not every relationship is great.
It's not uncommon to start a relationship with your rose-colored glasses firmly in place.
The problem with that is that every issue then seems like THE issue, the last issue, the deal breaker.
A few well-placed relationship warning labels can alleviate that.
See, no relationship is perfect, but just because a relationship is imperfect, that doesn't mean it's doomed.
1. WARNING: YOU WILL QUESTION WHY YOU'RE TOGETHER
It happens to all of us – the answer to that question, though, that's the important thing.
2. BEWARE: THOUGHTS ABOUT YOUR EX WILL CREEP IN FROM TIME TO TIME
It happens to all of us, too, but it's only a problem when you start comparing and/or discover that you're still completely hung up on your ex.
3. CAUTION: YOU WILL BE SUSPICIOUS OF SOMETHING EVEN IF IT'S UNFOUNDED
Your partner will say or do something weird, you'll get a feeling, something will happen to make you suspicious – but is your partner trustworthy, is there any reason to really be suspicious?
4. ATTENTION: YOUR PARTNER WILL DO SOMETHING THAT ANNOYS YOU
Maybe he picks his nose, maybe she never cleans the toothpaste out of the sink, or maybe it's your habit of chewing with your mouth open.
5. RED ALERT: YOU WILL FIGHT OVER ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
You will probably do this a lot.
6. WARNING: YOU WON'T ALWAYS TREAT EACH OTHER FAIRLY
Usually when you're in the middle of a really dumb fight, if you wanna know.
7. BEWARE: YOU'LL KEEP SECRETS EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE IN A RELATIONSHIP
Depending on the secret, of course, that's okay – everyone deserves to keep a few secrets.
8. CAUTION: YOU WILL DISCOVER YOUR STUBBORN SIDE
If you haven't already, that is, but you'll dig in your heels about something … and at some point, you'll get stubborn even though you're wrong, which is a fun day for everyone.
9. ATTENTION: SOMETIMES YOU WILL RAGE FOR NO REASON
There will be days when you just cannot stand your partner, which seems awful but is actually pretty natural.
10. RED ALERT: BOTH OF YOU WILL GET CAUGHT IN A LIE AT LEAST ONCE
Big lie, small lie, it doesn't matter, it'll happen.
11. WARNING: FORGIVENESS CAN BE HARD, EVEN WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEONE
Not always, but sometimes – some things are harder to forgive.
12. BEWARE: YOUR FAMILY WILL CAUSE FIGHTS
Hopefully, you'll reach a place of compromise so this happens far less often, but extended families definitely can cause fights.
13. CAUTION: SOMETIMES YOU WILL WANT TO GIVE UP AND WALK AWAY
You may even have to make an important decision, depending on how strong the urge is.
14. ATTENTION: YOU WILL FALL ASLEEP ON AN ARGUMENT
It's sweet to make a pact that you'll never go to bed when you're fighting, but you will and, honestly, you probably should – it gives you time to think.
15. RED ALERT: THE TWO OF YOU WILL HURT EACH OTHER
You will hurt each other a lot – and it's always awful, and sometimes you can't fix it, but sometimes you can evolve.
16. WARNING: YOU MIGHT DO IT ON PURPOSE
This happens, too. You will try to hurt each other deliberately in the heat of the moment.
17. BEWARE: LOVE WILL MAKE YOU DO STUPID THINGS
Stupid things, mean things, silly things, romantic things – all kinds of things. 'Fess up, stalkers.