Nearly two years ago, I met this one guy at a party, we talked, then he asked me out for dinner, then I asked him out on a romantic date and fast forward to now, we live together and are starting to build our lives around each other.
When I first met him, my thought process was never on finding my soul mate. I just wanted to get to know him more as a person because he seemed to be an awesome guy. He's my age, likes going to the gym and has a big heart in general.
I know many would argue that our situation is not the best considering how we are both still young, unsure of ourselves and needing to grow up a bit more; oh the follies of youth.
In the span of being together, we've faced many challenges which a lot of relationships have broken down over. Examples of which are: moving to a new city all together, an extremely time-consuming job leaving very little us time, being broke and underemployed (oh the student life),bouts with depression and possible suicide (on my part), meeting the significant other's parents and family (one set turned out well, the other not so and I have this weird vibe that his mom wants us apart but just wouldn't want to say it directly). Those are the big ones I could think of...
Right now, we're working on communication issues - I don't like to talk about things that put me in a bad light and so I end up keeping secrets. This habit has caused me to break my partners trust. Bit by bit, we're making progress. I understand that it's not going to be instantaneous.
On top of that, we're also apart for the next 12 weeks because of his military training. When we're apart for trips and such, we call each other everyday while we're apart. Now, we only get to talk to each other once a week.
To answer dsato17's question...
YES, I've faced and am constantly facing problems and difficulties in order to keep this amazing relationship going. The way I see it, the more fulfilling the relationship, the greater the price you have to pay and the currency is in overcoming obstacles.
If we did not feel like the other is the one, then we wouldn't put ourselves through this strain now would we?