Now, that title above might raise quite a few eyebrows, no? (And yes, we’ve actually covered this topic before... way back when this blog first started.) But there’s actually a good reason behind this. See, when people talk about love and relationships, one question that often pops up is, “How do you know you’ve found the right one?” And of course the popular answer is, “If you can imagine yourself spending the rest of your lives together” or “If you can imagine raising children together” and so on.
But can anyone really imagine how those things will actually turn out? So, why not settle for a more practical and realistic scenario: “Can you imagine sharing a bathroom?”
No, we’re not talking about anything “naughty” here. See, sharing a bathroom with another person (which, in the case of marriage, would mean years and years) means that you will probably see a lot of rather uncomfortable (or even downright disgusting) scenes... everything from both of your toiletries vying for space or perhaps even jumbled together in a pile, loose hair that’s not yours here and there, unflushed toilets, and so on.
And it goes both ways: you too will have to contend with your partner seeing your less-than-perfect bathroom habits, your piles of dirty laundry, and so on.
So, in a way, this is the maybe the best way to test whether you’ve found the right one or not: if you’re not afraid to see how this person uses the bathroom, and you’re not afraid that this person will always see the way you’re using the bathroom, then you know you’ve found the right one. Because at that point, your love for each other has conquered the icky part of relationships.
(As an alternative, try “if you can imagine sharing a bed together”... and think about not being able to sleep because your partner snores or has bad breath, or if your partner finds out that you snore.)
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