Nope. No way. Not even close.
“Having common interests” is one of the relationship myths that “experts” spread around like wildfire. Kind of like “never go to bed angry” or “marriage is 50/50.”
With all due respect to your beloved Aunt Sharon, she’s wrong.
However, sharing common interests can be a great way to connect. If you can engage in, say, kayaking together in a positive way that you both enjoy, great!
But if you end up arguing or criticizing each other about proper paddle strokes, then that just paves a road for resentment. So it’s really about how you interact, not what you do together.
To make your relationship solid, stable, and sound, then you need to ditch the myths and learn the facts, and we’re here to help you do that.