The older I get, the more I realize that what is attractive to me in a partner has little to do with physical appearances — washboard abs, a flawless face, big muscles, fancy dinners, or lust between the sheets.

It’s being able to have sentimental moments. Being respected through and through. Being heard. Having deep conversations without tearing each other‘s opinions down. It’s agreeing to disagree if needed. Having an open mind. Having a like-minded mindset, but different goals that we can cheer each other on for. Its having a good sense of humor. Independence, but also knowing how to be a team. Respecting boundaries. Communication. It’s staying up all night completely enthralled with someone’s mind. It’s how much you care for others, even others who hold no significant meaning in your life. It’s gentleness, trust, kindness, loyalty, compassion, a softened heart in the face of adversity.

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