Having ‘butterflies in the stomach’ is often seen as a classic symptom of love. When you’re in a long-term relationship, however, those ‘butterflies’ that you felt when you first met your partner might start to change. One Tumblr user, who goes by the nickname Elo, had been with her boyfriend for five years when she beautifully summed up how love changes and grows in a long-term relationship on a blog post which has now gone viral for the second time.

Whether you still have ‘butterflies in stomach’ for your significant other, or your feelings for them have evolved into something stronger, know that every relationship is different and that whatever keeps yours together – as long as it’s healthy and safe – is perfectly reasonable. And just in case the suspense is killing you, yes – Elo and her boyfriend are still together and will mark their 9th anniversary this fall.

Read the touching relationship quotes below, find out how people are reacting to it!

More info: Tumblr (Cover image credits: nd3000)

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Readers reacted and shared their own stories of how relationships change over time
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What do you think? Should ‘butterflies’ be forever? Tell us below!