We know that finding The One is not as easy as identifying the person who has appeared before us right out of our fantasies. While we search for Mr Right, oftentimes we can’t help but wonder: How do you know when you’ve found The One?

The answers we tend to receive are usually along the vague and helpful lines of “When you know, you know.” Um, thanks?

That phrase seems to imply that at a subconscious level we can just identify our future husband. But how is it possible that all the married women are just acting upon a very strong gut feeling?

If we look beyond the common notions of love and marriage perpetuated by movies and mainstream narratives, we might actually find a pattern. We asked 10 women who married their partners in their twenties and early thirties, and while most of their answers went along the lines of, “It’s hard to pinpoint one defining moment,” their stories also boiled down to several recurring reasons: unwavering support and companionship.

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Text: Joyce Chua