Researchers predict most people will engage only in intercultural relationships within the next hundred years. Here are 15 reasons why they’re right.
Although many people are still in the dark about what it truly takes to be in an intercultural relationships, most don’t care. As long as they get to be with the person they truly love.
That’s what’s so great about being in an intercultural relationship! No matter how much society, culture, and old traditions stand in the way, love always wins in the end.
What makes being in intercultural relationships difficult?
Even though most people don’t care who they end up with, if they are happy, there is still the issue of cultures clashing in the most inopportune moments.
When couples don’t prepare for these eventualities, they end up being blindsided by interference from their families, friends, and even their communities.
Some people still can’t accept when new people are added into their fold. The general idea should be to open up to people and not cut them off. Sadly, when you’re dealing with old people or closed-off communities, you can’t help but be dragged into a battle you didn’t necessarily know you were signing up for.
Why it’s awesome to be in an intercultural relationship…
Good thing there are bigger reasons for you to fight for your right to be in intercultural relationships. It’s not just about you and your partner anymore. It’s about everybody. [Read: 10 FYIs for dating someone from another culture]
#1 Sharing different types of food. With a new culture comes new recipes and culinary adventures. Even though there are hundreds of foreign delicacy restaurants popping up every day, you can still be surprised by traditional dishes you never knew existed.
#2 Extra holidays. A lot of cultures celebrate different holidays for various reasons. Many of those holidays are being integrated by other cultures in their countries, but it’s good to know there are some to add to your calendar.
#3 Discovering new customs. Some customs seem crazy to people of different cultures, but some are actually fun to follow. Weddings are a good example. Some cultures have parties that go on for a whole week.
Some customs are even designed to help those in need, like those which require you to participate in charitable activities. Others are just plain fun, like drinking in honor of a dead hero.
#4 Realizing some of our beliefs are similar. If you take a deeper look at some of the most widespread religions, you see they all point to one thing: doing good. Some extremists’ points of view are hard to digest, but you still see the good in everyone, regardless of their beliefs. This allows you to appreciate the beliefs you and your partner share. [Read: How to accept your differences for relationship success]
#5 Shopping with a new perspective. Your pantry will have a whole lot more food and your closets will require a little more space. Intercultural relationships foster a newfound appreciation for different cultural products.
It’s not about trying to identify with your partner’s culture. It’s a show of support to buy products influenced by each other’s culture. You’ll see the change once you redecorate and move in together.
#6 The parties. Integrating yourself into a new culture can be fun and exciting, especially when it involves having a party. Weddings, birthdays, christenings—intercultural parties during those kinds of events are sure to have lots of people, food, and music.
#7 Learning a new language. It’s not mandatory to learn the language of your lover’s culture, but most people opt to try it just for the sake of saying “I love you.” Even then, living with someone who speaks a different language easily influences your education. That’s why people in intercultural relationships learn new languages faster. They have their own personal tutor. [Read: 5 thoughts to remember about dating someone from another culture]