The same taste in film, music or TV

During the first stages of a relationship, having common taste in the films, music or TV shows you love might lead to easy conversation, but if your tastes are polar opposites, it’s by no means a dealbreaker. As that wise little girl said to Joseph-Gordon Levitt in 500 Days Of Summer, “Just because she likes the same bizarro crap as you do, doesn’t mean she’s your soulmate.” And vice-versa.

The same dietary preferences

A vegetarian and a carnivore can be a perfect match too! Nowadays, there are plenty of ways to modify a meal to fit a range of different dietary restrictions, and many restaurants cater to dietary restrictions. Maybe you’ll have to order a pasta dish when you go to Chukka’s. Maybe he’ll puzzle over what to get at The Grassy Hopper. Regardless, you can make it work.

The same style

Maybe you’re the pretty and polished type, and he’s more grungy and down to earth, or you’re a bit of a hippie chick and he always looks like he’s about to get on a yacht. There’s no need to share the same taste in outfits either; in fact, having different styles can be complementary – just as long as you both shower regularly.

The same friend groups

Having mutual friends is fantastic, especially some couples you both genuinely want to hang out with. But it’s also great, and even healthier, for both of you to have friends groups that aren’t reliant on your status as a couple. Don’t abandon all your single female friends just because you’re in a relationship. No woman is an island, and sometimes you need sources of support outside your relationship.

The same family background

Your family and your unique upbringing makes you who you are, but it doesn’t mean you’re only compatible with people who come from your exact same background. Variety is the spice of life, so as long as you share similar viewpoints on the most important issues, feel free to give the guy who’s maybe not usually your type a shot, if he intrigues you.

The same career ambitions

While it’s always good to have common financial goals in mind, your careers needn’t be precisely aligned. Maybe you’re extremely ambitious, and want to be the boss, while he wants to eventually go back to school and do a PhD. As long as you’re both happy with your choices, and commit to figuring out the way together, it shouldn’t affect your relationship one bit.

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