The early days of a relationship are great. You make an effort to look nice, keep yourself well groomed and hide everything gross about you. You don’t as much as breathe in her direction if you haven’t had a mint. Bodies are constantly smooth and tanned, you begin to wonder if they ever looks anything other than perfect.
As time goes on however, things change. As you get comfortable with your partner, things slip, routines change and you start to act normally around them. Really normal. Like you forget they are even in the room.
Eventually, the stuff we worked so hard to keep hidden comes out — literally. But if you can deal with the smells, the sights and the sounds your other half produces, then you’ve hit the jackpot.
1. There’s no demanding need to shave.
The beauty of being comfortable together is that you only have to shave if you want to. There is no pressure to be sleek and smooth all year round, which is fantastic for those who really can’t be bothered. No good boyfriend is going to dump his other half because of a little extra body hair.
2. You fart in front of each other.
It’s natural, it happens, get used to it. Girls pretend that they don’t fart, but of course after a big curry or a Mexican fiesta we all do. In the early days of the relationship, they’ll hide their little farts away, but once you’ve heard one, you’ll hear plenty more. It’s a good sign, trust me.
3. Poop is discussed in any capacity.
It isn’t the sort of thing you discuss on a first date, but once you’re comfortable, talking about poop is easy as pie. A massive milestone in any relationship, talking to your man about how much you need a dump is a surefire sign that you’ve hit your peak comfort level.
4. Period talk, especially the non-judgmental kind, is acceptable.
You can’t avoid it, once you’re in a serious relationship periods rear their ugly heads once a month. It affects all sorts of things, diet, sex, mood – so it’s only natural to discuss it. If your man can hold a period discussion without wanting to jump off a cliff, then consider yourself golden.
5. You pee with the door wide open.
You’re in the middle of an important conversation, but one of you needs to pee. What do you do? Carry on of course. At one point or another this will be unthinkable, but sooner or later you will crack and actually enjoy exchange stories about your day while on the toilet. Watching each other pee, and not caring, that’s a sign you’re on the right track.
6. You let him pee in the shower when you shower together.
This one is crucial. Guys like to wee in the shower, if anything it saves water. Girls on the other hand find peeing standing up an alien concept. If you’re a real gentleman and she lets you wee in her shower, turn around and make sure you aim that stream into the drain. If she can handle that then she’s a keeper.
7. Morning breath doesn’t gross you out.
Remember when you brushed your teeth before sex? We’ve all been there, worrying nervously about your loved one smelling your morning breath. But once you get your head round it, there is nothing better than waking up and giving your partner a morning kiss. If you can take the smell of last night’s dinner on her breath, then you’ve got to a great level in your relationship.
8. A new hobby involves popping spots and pimples.
Partners get some sort of twisted pleasure about pinning their boyfriends down and popping every spot, pimple or blackhead on their body. Like a monkey in a grooming ritual, if they’re willing to get her hands dirty and pop your zits, then that’s huge. Take it as a compliment, they obviously find you irresistible.
9. Sickness doesn’t make kissing off-limits.
Illness is normally a passion-killer. When you start out, no woman wants her man seeing her coughing, puking and sweating a fever. Most girls will just tell you to leave them alone or stay away. After a while however, you don’t see how gross they are, you just want to take care of them and maybe even get a little sugar. Once illness isn’t a barrier, you can enjoy a whole other level of comfort.
10. Weight gain isn’t a big deal.
Guys spend their days eating protein and working out, while girls eat rabbit food and hit the yoga hard, all in the name of keeping that ideal body in shape. Once you’re in deep however, laziness inevitably sets in. However you notice, your partner will probably put on the odd pound or two as they get more comfortable. Once you hit this level though you barely notice any weight gains. Even if you need to start buying them bigger underwear, you love them just the same.
11. Despite all of this, you still find your partner sexy.
Hitting the peak comfort level isn’t just about tolerating these gross little extras, it’s about finding your partner incredibly attractive regardless of their awful extras. Poop, weight, sickness, pimples, all of these things mean that you two are perfect for each other. He might fart in the bed and wake you up, but the next minute you’ll be pouncing him. That’s love folks.