This thing called marriage na wa oh. I am talking about marriages in our generation. my husband and I were sitting down yesterday and counting how many good marriages we know of. I dont mean perfect marriages, I mean easy going non violent and loving marriages. And we barely came up with 10 couples.
For the others there was one issue or another we were privy to – either infidelity, incompatibility or just outright disrespect. One thing many seemed to have in common was a case of expectations. And I said to my husband- for them to be telling others about these issues mean they have gotten to breaking points or damn near close.
One particular situation that almost broke my heart- the couple has been barely married for 6 months and in the wife’s exact words “i shouldn’t have married him”! Now that just sums it all up because after that statement was made she wouldn’t talk further.
I kept thinking and asking myself – is it that we are not realistic in our expectations or we are so in love with weddings that we don’t stop to examine the true state of our relationships? Because this marriage thing is easy to enter but hard to come out of especially in Nigeria. I don’t know how collectively we can be better support systems to each other and stop getting caught up in planning weddings or being so desperate that we don’t examine the people in front of us to see if they really work with our personalities in the long haul.
Love is amazing, but so is practicality.
On another note have a fantastic weekend.