A lot of us would like to think that marriage is easy and perfect. When you're single it's that final, seemingly unattainable finish line you reach after you find 'the one'. It's the end game where you've finally found your perfect person and live out your perfect lives because that's what we've all seen in movies and on social media.
Except marriage isn't perfect. In fact, it's nowhere near it.
Marriage is letting your partner see the ugly side of you, the part that you vowed to show no one. You'll have built up walls just to have them come crashing down. Life will push you around and you'll take your frustrations out on the one person who will always be in your corner. You'll see your partner go through unbelievable grief and heartache when there's absolutely nothing you can do to help. You'll wish you could take the pain away and bear the burden yourself, just so they won't have to. It'll hurt you to see them hurt.
Yeah, marriage can be difficult. But it can also be so, so beautiful. You'll argue with each other, you cry together, but you'll also laugh harder than you've ever laughed and love more than you ever thought possible. You'll look forward to coming home every day just so you can spend more time with them. You'll still get butterflies on date night even after having been on a thousand dates. You'll fall in love over and over again, day after day. Their victories will be your victories and their losses, yours too. They're your biggest cheerleader, your lifelong best friend.
Marriage isnt perfect. It's a constant give and take. It's one of the most challenging things you will ever do. It's constant work; a true partnership. It's being selfless, thoughtful and caring when all you want to do is be selfish and ruthless. It forces you to grow. It forces you to be better than you were yesterday.
And it's the best thing I've ever done.
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