The 3 major questions we all have to answer in life

June 18, 2008          Comments (3)

I’ve received a lot of email in the past few weeks about my post regarding marriage. My ‘does marriage serve any purpose these days’ post has 85 comments and counting. Obviously, it’s a topic we’re all interested in.

In fact, I’m fascinated by it. The number one question I got is, “Why are you writing about marriage?”

Here’s why:

Because I think it’s remarkable when someone finds the person that they want to spend the rest of their life with. I mean, it took me months and months just to find a web designer/developer I liked and that didn’t even work out. I can only imagine how one must feel when they find the person that they want to spend the rest of their life with.

And that is exactly why I don’t understand why marriage makes sense. However, one day, I truly hope to feel what you married folks do. But until then, I’ll keep it real.

Whenever I’m with a married couple, I often wonder if they are each other’s soul mates or if they settled? Did they really try to find the person that would make them the happiest they could possibly be? Did they try to find their best possible match?

As one reader said, “You need to choose your partner out of love and respect, rather than convenience and security.”

But some people are willing to fight for their happiness way more than others. Most people aren’t willing to risk comfort and security for excitement and thrills whether it’s for love or a career. I happen to believe that settling in any facet of your life is a sure way to be unhappy. That’s unforgivable.

Certainly, telling someone you think that they settled is not something for you to do. It’s their life and if they are happy then that’s all that matters. But how happy are they is what I’m really curious to know. Because as we know; happiness is relative.

There are 3 major questions we all have to answer in life:

How you spend your life, who you spend your life with and where you want to do the first two.

I’m going to leave the third question alone for a while because that’s highly influenced by who you choose to spend your life with. I think who you choose to marry obviously says a lot about you. Actually, it says everything about you (along with how you choose to spend your life). Sometimes, you may wonder what in the world does she/he see in that guy/girl?

Or, you may see a couple that is very unbalanced looks wise. One partner might be a lot more attractive than the other. But of course, looks aren’t everything. I’ve met plenty of poodles* that can hardly talk about anything besides their bags, nails and dog.

But then you always see the fat wealthy business men with their trophy wives. I once read an interview with Melania Trump, and they asked her if she would have married Donald Trump, if he wasn’t so rich. She replied, something along the lines of, “Would he have married me if I wasn’t so beautiful?”

As they say though, “A ten never marries a one.” Which is to say that you get what you are.

Love is blind, of course – but usually for a reason.

*Future blog post

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Is there really such a thing as soulmates? Really?

June 9, 2008          Comments (2)

Last week I wrote a post entitled ‘Does getting married serve any purpose these days?’ With 70 + comments (and counting) from people either for or against marriage, it is truly fascinating to read all of the view points. This post generated a lot of buzz and rightfully so.

After all, relationships are what life is about. As Adriana says, “the best things in life are free but not many people realize that.”

Ironically, I never said whether I was for or against marriage. But I certainly don’t believe ‘it’s something you just do’ is a good enough reason. And as one reader said, “I do however think that it’s not a decision to make lightly. You need to be comfortable in your own skin and choose your partner out of love and respect, rather than convenience and security.”

Unfortunately, I think many people do just that. “Wow, we’re 30 years old, we’re dating…I guess we need to get married now…”

A lot of people (for marriage) kept saying ‘marriage is the ultimate commitment.’ It’s something you want to do for the other person because you love them so much.

I understand. I get it. But how do you know when you find the person?

Is there really such a thing as a soulmate? (I have to laugh because as I write this I feel like Carrie but it’s something I’m obviously intrigued by.)

I’m going to assume most people’s idealistic definition of a soulmate is that there is one person on this Earth that is meant for them. I’d love to think so.

Unfortunately, right off the bat, I’m going to have to disagree and here’s why:

I’m going to assume anyone that’s been in an ‘exclusive relationship’ with someone that’s no longer in the same relationship was really into it at one point. Even if it was just for a few months or weeks (or maybe even days) of being totally into that person. And even if the rest of the relationship was you tying to convince yourself that you were. Let’s face it – at one point you were very much into that person. Otherwise why bother?

Or, what if you met the person of your dreams? Your…’soulmate’? It was lust at first sight. (How can there be such a thing as love at first site anyway? It would only be your mind convincing yourself that you loved that person, no?)

But eventually they broke your heart.

I don’t think we should ever regret anything in our lives that has made us happy – at one point.

But we’ve all heard people when reflecting back on a break up, that they were initially distraught over, years later say, “That was the best thing that ever happened to me.” Again, your brilliant mind playing tricks on you – and rationalizing.

But thing is, it really may have been the best thing that ever happened to them. In their dark days they learned a heck a lot about themselves. But you can only get hurt by people who mean a great deal to you.

But then why do people always say, “How I dated that person is beyond me, what was I thinking?” Again, your mind partly rationalizing.

In reality, the only people who can truly believe in soulmates are those that truly believe they found their soulmates. But can’t that just be your mind convincing yourself that you did?

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Does getting married serve any purpose these days?

June 3, 2008          Comments (5)

Lately, I feel like people left and right are getting married or engaged. In fact, one of my boys (and old roommate) recently got engaged. Congrats again bro.

But is marriage a natural thing?

Are we supposed to be with the same person for the rest of our lives?

The divorce rates are alarming. 50% is the latest number. 1 out of 2 couples are going to wind up marrying their ex-husband/wife. That’s insane and divorce is certainly not something to be taken lightly; especially with kids.

My parents got separated when I was 4 years old and divorced soon after that. I remember being the only kid in my elementary school with divorced parents. But then as I got older it seemed like more and more parents were getting divorced and I was no longer in the minority.

So what is the point of marriage if 1 out of 2 happy couples are choosing to ruin their perfectly good relationship?

Let’s explore:

Social – security: Meaning whenever you’re bored, you always have something to do. But what happens if you’re never bored?

Financial – security: If you marry someone who will be rich, or is rich, or both, you will certainly be rich. A lot of people will do crazy things for money, unfortunately. But what if you have your own money?

Caring – security: You have someone who will do anything in the world for you. Nice. But there are plenty of single people who have friends/family who will do anything in the world for them too and plenty of married people who don’t.

Sexual – security: You always have someone to be intimate with that you hopefully truly care about. That’s cool. Not much I can say about that, however, there are plenty of single people who don’t have to worry about that. And there are plenty of married people who still do.

Children: I’m starting to believe that there is no reason for ‘marriage’ unless you are going to have children together. What’s the difference between a non-married couple living together and a married couple living together?

Nothing! My sister and bro-in-law lived together before they got married. Nothing changed…except my sister’s last name.

So what does marrying someone actually do? Some might argue that it provides security. You always have someone and they just can’t pick up and leave.

Here’s my counter. The type of person that’s living with their significant other and is willing to move out of your apartment and start all over again…is definitely the same type of person who’d divorce you. And why the heck would you want to be with someone if they don’t want to be with you anyway?

I think marriage is just a contract. Like any contract there are pros and cons. There are exciting parts of the deal and not so exciting parts of the deal.

And ultimately, I think marriage is something people just do. It just happens. Like becoming a cog in a wheel.

Except in a nice way.

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