Marriage is incredibly hard. Anyone married knows what I’m talking about. Anyone single, ask someone married if you don’t believe me.
There is a reason in wedding vows you say for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. It’s not just because it sounds good. It’s because in marriage you will go through the worst of times and the best of times.
When you get married you have a lot of expectations of what it’s going to be like. Mostly we get this from Hollywood and TV. But think about, we don’t run into bank robbers, get into high speed shoot-outs and witness explosions every day like in the movies, so why would marriage be like the movies?
It’s not. It’s better. It’s harder.
When you get married, everything you’ve ever done, and everything you do is exposed to your spouse. There’s no more getting in your car and driving back to your place when you get in a knock down screaming fight, no more going for a late night drive where no one knows where you are, no more complete and utter independence.
Yes some things you do lose in marriage, but you also gain so much.
Marriage is hard, to say it was easy would be a flat out lie. It takes commitment, it takes telling yourself that no matter how badly the other person hurts me, or how much I disagree with them, I’ve made a commitment to love them, and I have to honor that.
Most of the time you don’t have to remember that, you love your spouse, you think they are it. But during those rough times….that’s why we have those vows, to remember, I committed to love this person through both my worst, and their worst. It means loving when they don’t deserve it, not to get something in return, but because you are committed to them. It means pointing out their qualities, not their faults.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither is a marriage. It takes work, it takes pain, but it is filled with rewards.