Most Helpful Guy
I see all these questions from women asking about how they really feel, and I dunno, it's up to you. "Love" isn't magical, it's some descriptive word we assigned to describe an incredible level of bond with a person, and how you experience that is going to be very subjective.
I'd describe my personal experience as having reached a state where I missed a girl so much that I couldn't even focus at my work. Suddenly I went from being a very attentive person at meetings to daydreaming about her all the time, I couldn't bare spending moments without her, the whole world seemed empty and just on auto-pilot without her.
I got to a point where I put her above all family, friends, career, everything. That was the peak of it.
And I thought it happened before that, until I experienced the genuine thing. But the genuine thing isn't that important, the first time it happened, it didn't work out. The second time wasn't as intense, but it did and I got married.
Being so deeply and passionately in love can't last forever. At least I'd be amazed to see someone that is, say, ten years into marriage still daydreaming about their wife at work and being tempted to just draw her face and write her name like a teenager.
The less passionate form of love, maybe not "in love", can last forever.1
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Most Helpful Girl
When you no longer feel worried that you're 'not yet in love'. You know you're in love when you've reached such a level of comfort with each other that you're secure and happy with where your relationships at, regardless of whether or not you've met some milestones like saying 'I love you' or other things people feel the need to do as proof of love. You're fine without those kinds of things because you already, without a doubt, feel the love in each other's actions.1