So, yesterday was my sixteenth year being married to Sarah, and instead of the usual love note of how great I think she is, I think I’m going to reflect on the experience on how I survived the same person putting up with my mischievous ways. I hope this shows a how our bond works, and helps show others that it’s possible to do.
First on the list is communication, yes it’s cliche, but it’s also the truest fact in making anything work. If you’re not going to talk about what bothers you, then how’s it going to get fixed? All the bottled up feelings do is cause bitterness, and that’s not positive progress. Honest communication is the only way to go. If you don’t like something, say it. If you do like something also say it. Too many people are negative in this world as it is. Showing your partner that you appreciate the things they do, is a great way to say I love you.
Secondly, have a sense of humor. I realize this might sound strange to some people, but laughter is the best medicine and a great way to enjoy each others company. Sarah will say that it’s my fault that she has all the laugh lines on her face, but I guess that’s what you get when you marry someone with a strong sense of humor. Besides laughing’s always a fun time.
Third in this list is sex. There is a bond between a couple who enjoy the physical contact that they share. I’m not going into the science, but there are plenty of articles about the benefits in sex. Yes, it feels good, and yes, it does help you relax, but it’s always great to bring you and your partner back together as one, maybe that’s why orgasm’s also referred as the big O? One, orgasm…something to ponder.
Now it gets to the more tricky parts of a union. You’re going to fight, and do it many times throughout your journey, that’s just a fact, people have opinions, and sometimes those opinions are assholes about it. At some point if you look at the arguments, you realize that most of the time, their over petty little things, but they do generate the most heat. It’s the bigger fights that get concerning. I know that there have been times that I’ve wanted to call it quits, but if you can endure the rough times, you can make it.
When being in a relationship as long as I have, you really do get to know the person, and in my case, I know my wife, inside and out. Sad part is that isn’t even a cliche or a joke. We went through some rough pregnancies together and I’ve seen her insides. Ultra sounds, X-rays, you name it, and I’ve seen it. I’m thankful that we made it through those times, and have two great children. They are a pain in the ass, but I love them regardless.
Speaking of children, this will move on to the next point. You have a partnership, either marriage, civil, domestic, etc… and some times you have kids. When child rearing, you really need to be on the same page, or total chaos. Mom says no, dad says yes, then you have kids swinging from the ceiling fan in total anarchy. Really, get on the same page, then the kids don’t get away with their evil ways, which also doesn’t lead by to my point from two paragraphs ago, about fighting. And yes, there will be plenty arguments about the kids along the way.
A convenience that should be on the list of things you should have, two bathrooms. I know that not everyone has that, as we don’t currently, but I live with three girls, and with my son and I, dude, we could use that extra bathroom. With bathrooms, people also start to see the less pleasant habits of the partner. The tooth paste being squeezed from the middle(you monster), hair in the sink, clothes strung everywhere, the list can go on. I’ve learned to leave the toilet seat down after I’m done, as not to get into an argument. It makes life easier to give that one to her that way.
I hope you’re finding things insightful, or at least entertaining so far, because there is so much more to talk about, like responsibility. When you have a relationship, mine being close to seventeen years together, you learn that the best way to work is to help each other. Build your partner up, support their passions, in the end they chose you to spend their lives with. I don’t know how the hell this woman, who is beautiful, supportive, caring, strong, and talented, would ever pick up this average, egotistical, loud, foul mouthed person to want to stick around for such a long amount of time. She builds me up, and supports my crazy ideas. I try to support her, but I faulter in my own arrogance. I do try to support her. She like photography, and wants to do that for the rest of her life, and I try to support that.
The other ugly truth, nothing is equal. Truth is, she has physical things that calls on her demand, remember the rough pregnancies? They took a toll. I have mental illness that also takes special demands. Then we have kids that have their needs as well. So nothing is equal, and you have to just except that. Cliche- mother is care taker and father is disciplinarian. Where’s the equality in that? Mother stays home and takes care of the kids, and father works, where’s the equality in that? Just except that having a relationship and family isn’t something that ends up being equal. Sure there are times that the dynamic changes a little, but in my family, mom is needed for everything, and dad is the protector.
One more thing, that I forgot to mention earlier- if you find someone that you might want to possibly start a life with, don’t rush the family part. Sarah and I got together, and Autumn wasn’t that far behind, so almost our whole relationship has been as parents. I wouldn’t change it, and to be honest, I’ve got the most awesome parents who’ve given us the chance to have time so that we can just be a couple. So, spend time being a couple, learn each other, see if that’s who you truly want to spend the rest of your life with. Once children come into play, everything changes. I know couples who rushed into the family part, and as the kids have grown up and moved out of the house, the parents don’t know how to be a couple. That’s why communication, honesty, knowing that person is important for a successful relationship. While children are a blessing, they become the main focus while they are young, and sometimes people forget how to be a couple.
This is the director, and that’s a wrap.