(Written before my second, hopefully lasting, marriage).
A few days ago I was asked if I was happy being unmarried. The answer came out without hesitation: “It’s absolutely much better than having to live with the wrong person, yet again, worse than being with someone that you love.”
Becoming single once again gave me so many things that I’m thankful for. It, most importantly, showed me my strengths, that I am perfectly capable of sustaining myself, succeeding, living on my own without relying on anyone, something I’ve cherished from an early age. It introduced me again to my passions, the things I like to do but have always set aside in favor of other priorities. I re-discovered Me. I was forced to learn to do stuff I never knew anything about because there was always someone else handling them.
We leave our parents’ safe-haven to the guardianship of our partner without learning the essentials of life and survival. We remain shielded from the realities of paying the bills, rental procedures, employment contracts, car maintenance, etc. This is not to be misunderstood as being the parents’ mistake, rather our wrong, misinformed decision to get married and completely surrender our reins before knowing what life is all about and learning the rules of the “jungle”.
This period of independence and self-reliance is essential, preferably before marriage. The self-discovery and self-improvement would even make things easier on the partner and increase the marriage’s potential for success.
Other benefits of being single we all know..
First there’s the obvious, having the bed ALL to yourself 🙂 . Then, not having to coordinate your plans, time and vacations or compromise on anything you enjoy doing. Traveling as you wish and exercising all the spontaneity your heart desires. You’re not responsible for anyone, nor are you accountable to anyone. You’re the master of your life.
Drifting in thought while counting my blessings, I stop for a couple of minutes and go back to an idea I always believed in..
“Being married to someone you deeply love and get along very well with is Heaven on Earth.”
All accomplishments, achievements, fortunes, and good times, dwindle against the fulfillment of sharing them with someone special. Sharing the laughter, stories, pains, planning, traveling, and rewards. After all, what meaning and flavor is there to life if not for the happy moments.
And no amount of success, richness, makeup, and surgeries can make you look and feel as beautiful and radiant with glow and shine as when happily in love.
Surely, “The only reason for marriage is love” _Diana Spencer