Rose probably didn't plan to meet the love of her life at sea — while she was engaged to someone else, no less — but that's exactly what happened. Being open to love can be half the battle sometimes, so it's important to let yourself go with the flow every once in a while.
Where you're from doesn't have to dictate who you're with, so don't restrict your social circle to people who are just like you. Besides, opposites really do attract, and you may find that your differences make your relationship more interesting.
There's something to be said for sweet notes — like, say, "Make it count. Meet me by the clock." — a bouquet of flowers, or a candlelit dinner. Traditional chivalry can be a great way to show love, and that courtesy should go both ways, so don't forget to do the little things every now and then.
Rose knew that Cal wasn't the one for her. If your inner voice is telling you that something isn't right, chances are there's probably a good reason for it. When things seem off, take a step back and assess where that feeling is coming from — ignoring it will just make you feel worse, so avoid sweeping those doubts under the rug.
That larger-than-life personality may seem a little difficult to deal with, but a person who likes taking chances isn't afraid of a good challenge. When things feel uncertain, it's the bold risk-taker — someone like Jack — who can step up and make change happen.
Rose immediately trusted Jack, who inspired her with his art and his dare-to-dream attitude. Finding someone you believe in — someone who motivates you and who sparks your creativity — guarantees an exciting relationship that's full of surprises.
Rose's mother wasn't too fond of her daughter's relationship with Jack — the aggressive corset tightening says it all. Still, Rose knew that she needed to follow her heart. She was onto something; you tend to know what's best for yourself, so unless everyone you care about has doubts about your partner, you should stay true to your feelings.
Jack and Rose were involved in plenty of deep, intense exchanges, but they shared several lighthearted moments, too. From the spitting lesson to the drinking and dancing below deck, the two kept things carefree when they could. A relationship needs more than powerful emotions to stay healthy — it needs a lot of fun times, too.
Jack and Rose got along like good friends sometimes, but there was no lack of heat in their relationship — steamy car scene, anyone? Yes, friendship is a part of any solid relationship, but intimacy is what sets romantic connections apart from everything else.
You (hopefully) won't be battling any sinking ships with your partner, but it's true that the occasional struggle can strengthen your relationship. By tackling different obstacles together, you'll learn how to fight through life's tough times and lean on each other along the way.