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InvisibleSwami
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Question for Married Members
    #3067890 - 08/30/04 04:53 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Marriage of course, is what you make of it, but did/do you find it:

A. Better than expected

B. Worse than expected

C. Both/neither - different than expected


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3067909 - 08/30/04 05:08 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I'm just out of *sigh* my second marriage. Is that bad? I guess it probably is. Meaning, bad to be getting divorced again.

While I was married, before I became an attorney, it was wonderful. We had been together for 12 years. Sure, there were problems, but so every marriage has problems. People used to tell us that we were like two kids in a candy shop.

I loved being married. I loved the expectations of spending the future together, getting old. Grandchildren coming to visit. The Christmas dishes to bring out every Christmas.

I was looking forward to future memories. And thinking about past memories. Sigh.

Okay, now that that's over...

As much as I loved being married, I like being single. I can go play pool without anyone giving me shit. I can do what I want. No one to run my ideas by. I can fuck up as much as I want without getting shit from anyone.

I have always thought that getting married meant 2 people separately living their lives, together. I don't know if that's actually possible. I probably need to go find a utopia some where.


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3068586 - 08/30/04 12:19 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I've been married for 13 years now and I'd have to say that it's pretty much exactly what I expected it to be. Sometimes good, sometimes bad.


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3068885 - 08/30/04 01:38 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Overall it's what I expected. Of course as with any relationship there are surprises and personality issues, but I expected that. I don't idealize people and I've always known that women are crazy... and I still love them.


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3069600 - 08/30/04 04:37 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

After 18 years that is a big "C".


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3069807 - 08/30/04 05:29 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

still shopping?


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3070260 - 08/30/04 07:20 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Hmm that's an interesting question.
I am married but I've been separated for 2 yrs. I will never go back to him. I had my expectations to. I expected to spend the rest of my life with this man.
Now...when I get involved with someone...I leave all expectations at the door. Expectations lead to disapointment. I've had enough disappointment in my life.
My answer to this question is C.
Worse than I expected, but since I've learned from the experience I consider myself a better person.


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: CaRnAgECaNdY]
    #3070346 - 08/30/04 07:49 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I have never been married and at mid-life one would think I am a confirmed bachelor. My two great loves were both disrupted by death. I have an enormous hunger as if a void needs to be filled. This may be my greatest illusion, but the drive is more powerful (no, not desperate as I enjoy being alone much of the time) than ever. It is like a hidden part of my psyche cries out out for expression in devotion to another that it cannot find in any other avenue nor in a casual relationships.

I do not feel socially embarrassed or lesser being single, nor do I feel as if I am "buying into" a fairy tale. And certainly am not looking for the elusive happiness-in-another, nor "the perfect" woman. I know those are fantasies.


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3070398 - 08/30/04 08:04 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Sounds much like me. :heart:

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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: SkorpivoMusterion]
    #3070428 - 08/30/04 08:14 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

If you were a woman or at least had breast implants...  :tongue2:


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3070455 - 08/30/04 08:21 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

pretty much what i expected.

ive had so many opportunities for growth in being married that i dont think ive ever had otherwise, or would have gotten... so much more opportunity to understand how someone else works on all planes... it has been 4 years.

our marriage has been speckled with guilt, obligation, infidelity, children, children of other persons, disaproving friends/family... but my marriage is my crowning achievement so far. my commitment to understand this other person, with whom we decided we are in love.

its been interesting. novel even.

peace


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Todcasil]
    #3070504 - 08/30/04 08:33 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Thanks all for sharing.


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3072150 - 08/31/04 03:25 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Do you want to be involved in the atmosphere of love because you miss having someone romantically devoted to you?


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3073596 - 08/31/04 02:05 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

:hug:

(not married, but friends of mine, in the same age, have two childs who go to school)

        :crying:
:lurker:
        :love:


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: CaRnAgECaNdY]
    #3073622 - 08/31/04 02:14 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

Desiree said:
Hmm that's an interesting question.
I am married but I've been separated for 2 yrs. I will never go back to him. I had my expectations to. I expected to spend the rest of my life with this man.
Now...when I get involved with someone...I leave all expectations at the door. Expectations lead to disapointment. I've had enough disappointment in my life.
My answer to this question is C.
Worse than I expected, but since I've learned from the experience I consider myself a better person.




I also forgot to mention that I would definitely marry again. I won't let one bad experience affect my feelings on love and marraige.


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3073688 - 08/31/04 02:39 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

10 years in and happy to be!

Unrealistic expectations are the problem in most marriages.

Love does not pay the rent. Love is blind. Love is healing and kind.
Love always knows the way. Anger and fear loose the way. Another is to be beheld in appreciation, not clutched in possesion. Love is patient and understanding, fear is demanding and commanding.

Research has shown that marriages which go the distance and are stable and healthy all share one thing in common. The couples have always shared in common long term goals. They want the same things out of life and realise the team effort will be of mutual benefit.

If you don't know what you want out of life or if you partner hasn't figured it out yet, don't get married is my advise.


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3074394 - 08/31/04 05:01 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I'm not married Swami so don't kick my ass for being such a rebel and replying, but:

The people I know around MY AGE (23) who are married do not seem to be very happy with their spouses.

The people I know who waited until they were around 30 or so to get married seem like they are much more satisfied with their spouses.


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Swami]
    #3074430 - 08/31/04 05:07 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

Swami said:
Marriage of course, is what you make of it, but did/do you find it:

A. Better than expected

B. Worse than expected

C. Both/neither - different than expected






Better then expected. 

I've really never felt as fulfilled in my entire life.


Edit:  I am 21.  Yes, I married young.  My husband and I want to grow old together.  :heart:


Edited by EllemyshShade (08/31/04 05:11 PM)


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: MOTH]
    #3074661 - 08/31/04 05:51 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

"If you don't know what you want out of life or if you partner hasn't figured it out yet, don't get married is my advise. "

great rsponse jiggy...

also:  wether or not you are young and married or older and marriend is irrelevent.  landing is all in the aproach.  but once you get off the plane you have to find your luggage.

(haha, that last bit didnt make much sense, but oh well :wink:

peace


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GODDESSES
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GODS.


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Re: Question for Married Members [Re: Todcasil]
    #3074699 - 08/31/04 06:00 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

One's soul is best left in their sneaker.

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