Usually you don't realize you've settled until it's too late.
Well, we're not happy, but that's mostly cos of our circumstances, like me having anxiety and agoraphobia, I don't see him as second rate at all, no one is perfect and everyone has flaws, you're never gonna find anyone that you like EVERYTHING about, and I love him loads
Both of my marriages were not 100% ba<x>sed on love,more on convenience.The sex was good,but that was about it.
I would say settling is the norm.
So many people settle it isn't even funny.
I am unhappy with my current partner. I used to be head over heels for him but the love has gone away and now i just feel stuck. It sucks, sometimes i hate my life....
What can begin as perfect may not always be so. We change as we mature and grow as individuals, sometimes not in the same ways.