In the infamous words of Carrie Bradshaw, "When it comes to relationships some people are settling down, some are settling, and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies." All three of those scenarios are totally valid options. But how do you know which one is right for you, and whether or not you’re ready to settle down with someone (or multiple someones)? Knowing whether or not you’re ready for a relationship really boils down to some simple questions to ask before settling down to discover what you want out of that relationship and what you know about yourself.
Settling down for the sake of having someone isn’t necessarily the healthiest reason to jump into a long-term relationship. But understanding your motives for looking for a partner can help you parse out whether or not it’s something you’re really ready to do. Even if all your friends seem to be moving in with people, getting engaged and married, or having kids, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should (or should even want to.) Relationships are a very personal thing, and they’re different for everyone. So how do you know if you’re ready to settle down? Ask yourself these questions before jumping in.