I love hearing about intercultural love stories. I’m always looking for these stories in books, blogs, and in real life. These relationships are beautiful! Not only that, I’m always curious to see how they have blended their cultures in their relationship. Everyone does it differently because each culture is so different.
As I’ve gotten to know people in these beautiful intercultural relationships and I’ve learned that it’s not limited to different races. While bringing people from different races together can bring about extreme cultural differences, we all have similar differences.
Culture is defined as the way people live. This is referring to traditions, customs, and beliefs. No two families are alike which means we each have our own culture. Often times, it’s similar within the same country, but differences are still there and require blending in a relationship.
Are you still unsure if this applies to you? Well here are three signs you’re definitely in an intercultural relationship.
You’re In A Relationship With Someone Other Than Yourself.
If you are dating anyone other than yourself, you are in an intercultural relationship. Only you have experienced your culture exactly. Any person you will date will have differences in their culture, regardless of how big or small.
Your Family Lives Were Different.
Let’s take a look at your families. Can you spot differences in the way you were both raised?
Were you raised by both parents? A single parent? Divorced parents? Did your parents get married young? Married at all? Was their marriage arranged? Were you the oldest child? Did you have any siblings? Is your family religious?
I’m sure you can find a few differences in there. All of these differences shape the person you are today. They all take part in the reason you believe what you do, think the way you do, and behave the way you do.
You Find Yourselves Mixing Traditions.
Do you notice a trend of mixing traditions in your relationship? Unless your families were the exact same, you will be faced with decisions of which traditions to follow. Who’s family tradition will be continued in your family? Or will you start a new tradition?
If you have seen these signs in your relationship, I am here to tell you… you are in an intercultural relationship! Congratulations! Embrace it and enjoy it. There is nothing better than an intercultural relationship. They are full of diversity, new experiences, and a lot of love.