Life, love and relationships are so much easier when you partner with someone who 'gets you.' This is not to suggest you will not experience disagreements, have different opinions or perspectives, feel angry, disappointed, sad or any other human emotion.
Instead, it means you will not need to explain or apologize for being your authentic self. The other person will not view you as a 'fixer upper' or a 'Build-A-Woman' or 'Build-A-Man' project where they try to 'Frankenstein' you into who they want you to be, because they were not honest with you (or self) that they really thought you were not good enough.
When you enter into these type of relationships, you spend way too much time and energy trying to avoid the box the other person is trying to stuff you in or fighting your way out of said box. What kind of life is that?
In the words of my European kayaking mate who I met years ago on the river, 'Go where you are celebrated.' - Misha N. Granado, MPH, MS