Meeting someone and having mutual interest and attraction to each other is always exciting. Sometimes we just jump into relationships based on those two factors. There are a few things to consider before taking that step.
Questions for yourself:
Am I actually ready for a relationship, or am I just lonely?
These two feelings can be mixed so easily, especially when you’ve been single for a while. Make sure you take the time out to consider your true feelings. Knowing the difference will change the way you see the relationship. You will be able to identify when you are making a genuine connection to someone and when you are entertaining someone to just fill in the passing time.
Do I have the time to invest into another human?
This is important because getting to know someone takes time, and when you have multiple things going on in your life (personally or professionally, or both) then it can be hard to spend the time to get to really know someone. You have to be ready to make it one of you priorities, so no one feels strung along or neglected.
What do I bring to the table?
Sometimes one may feel that they have to accept certain behaviors they aren’t comfortable with just because they like a person. You have to be aware of your worth so that you don’t accept less than you deserve.
What do I want out of this relationship?
Some people may feel this question is premature in the beginning of a new relationship. However I see it as a logical way to approach a relationship. One has to know what their expectations are in order to feel fulfilled. If you want to have fun get to know each other just state that. And if you are looking for something that has the potential to be more serious, let that be known as well. Being on the same page is key in moving forward in a relationship.