I love when people send me emails and ask, “Do you think I should get married?” I get so many of them! They say things like, “I’m not sure,” “I love him but I don’t think I’m IN LOVE with him,” “I’m afraid I will never find anyone who loves me this much,” or “I feel so guilty because he wants to get married and I don’t.”
Being a divorced person, I want to shout to anyone asking IF he/she should get married to the person they are dating is NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! If you have to ask an advice columnist/blogger or a friend or your family if you should get married, that means it isn’t right and you definitely should not. At this point, anyhow. Things could change in the future.
Here’s the thing. Even if you are marrying the love of your life, your soul mate, someone you adore and trust and care for and love spending time with, and even if you have no doubts, marriage is hard! That doesn’t mean married people can’t be happy or glad they are married, but being married is a job! Living with someone day-to-day, blending families and becoming a step-parent is a lot different than dating and snuggling and going out for romantic dinners when both of you are without your kids.
What’s ironic is, many divorced people rush into second marriages. Why? Because they have this illusion that things are going to be Brady Bunch-like and the reality is that they won’t be. That’s why 72% of second marriages end in divorce.
I’m not saying second marriage never works out. In fact, I know lots of second marriages that are happy. But, when it comes to a second marriage, there are potential challenges that I think are overlooked or tucked under the rug because of lust, infatuation and this idea that you got the fairytale ending.
Why can’t more divorced people who are really happy in relationships realize that they got the fairytale ending just by being where they are: in the happy relationship!? Why do people feel they need the ring and the wedding and the co-habitation to feel truly connected?
Here is how I feel about second marriage or even first marriage. I have a friend who is in a long-term relationship and whenever we talk about her marrying him she says, “Well…I’m just not sure.” Now, if he proposes, (which she said he might be doing that soon) will she say yes? I’m not sure. I hope not. Because the only way she should say yes, is if we start talking about her potential marriage to this guy and she responds, “I cannot wait to marry him, move in with him, blend our families, and become a stepmom. I would do it today!” If someone can’t say that, then they should wait. I’m not saying my friend should never marry this guy, I’m just hoping she will be wise enough to wait until she truly feels it is right for her and her kids.
Here are 10 reasons a person should want to get into a marriage (or second marriage):
1. They want the day-to-day living experience and each knows the person well enough to know their flaws and what they will have to deal with.
2. They love the other person’s kids a lot and want to blend families. Everyone gets along relatively well.
3. The couple trusts each other wholeheartedly with finances.
4. They are more than willing to take care of the other person if he/she becomes ill.
5. They have little or no doubt that after the excitement of the wedding and honeymoon wears off that this is the person they want to spend the rest of their life with.
6. They are willing to support the person financially if he/she loses their job.
7. They are getting married for the person, not because they are afraid to be alone or they fear they won’t meet anyone better.
8. The couple genuinely enjoys each other’s company. They love doing things together. In other words, they have a lot in common.
9. The couple values the religious aspect of marriage.
10. The couple wants to wake up together every morning and go to bed together every night. They are fully aware that things won’t always be romantic and perfect, and they want to face and solve problems-big and small as a team. Parenting styles are similar and the couple is on the same page.
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