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    Quote Originally Posted by Lainey View Post
    My eye-opening lesson was, Oh, so this is what it's like to have a real partner. And the main way I knew it was because our time together was so easy - no arguments, no drama, lots of things we can both laugh at and enjoy each day. Simple. When I look back at all the sturm und drang that I put up with in prior relationships I'm sorry I didn't realize the obvious: that with those guys, we were not a match. Simple.
    We know a couple that has been on a rollercoaster ride -- some mental illness (bipolar) on his part; co-dependency on hers and a shining interest in wanting people to see the placid duck on the pond and not the mad paddling beneath the water's surface. Not too long ago she posted a picture of the two of them on their anniversary (20 years or so) with the caption (paraphrasing) "marriage is tough and ugly and hard work and it's the best thing evah".

    Of course, no one knows exactly what goes on inside a marriage (sometimes not even the husband and wife). But DW and I read that and looked at each other (second spouses each) and wondered. We don't agree on everything and, at least on the surface, are quite different people. But both of us are sure that our marriage is better for being easier than it was for either of us in earlier relationships (not just marriages). Very few arguments, no drama, and lots of things we can both laugh and enjoy each day -- including each other's foibles. If the first marriages had been this good there wouldn't have been second marriages...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    "marriage is tough and ugly and hard work and it's the best thing evah".
    Sounds to me like they're doing it wrong.

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    yes. When people express that old chestnut “Marriage is the hardest job you will ever have” I think “why bother then. Who needs another ‘job’?”

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    yes. When people express that old chestnut “Marriage is the hardest job you will ever have” I think “why bother then. Who needs another ‘job’?”
    On the other hand, one thing I heard that told me my first marriage was dead in the water was my then-wife proclaiming, "I didn't think I would have to work at my marriage." Well, maybe it's not your primary waking activity and maybe it's not hard labor, but there is work involved in marriage (or any similar relationship). Even as easy as marriage with my wife is now, it's not just do whatever you please and not think about accommodating your partner.
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    Another theory:
    In our culture, ideal love is heavily romanticized. Our music, television, billboards, advertising, and books are all very influential, especially to younger females. We are saturated in images of what love should look like: lots of grandiose romantic gestures, passionate arguments ending in one or the other storming off with the inevitable reconnection, dramatic declarations like "no one has what we have!", over the top proposals accompanied by very expensive diamond jewelry ending in a lavish wedding.

    Especially for women, this is supposed to be our life goal. If you don't have a romantic partner, especially one who is on board with all of this, you have failed. As a result, many women and men spend a lot of time and energy chasing that love style as if it's the only way. And it distorts what successful everyday relationships actually look and feel like.
    I know it can be hard, but I wish singles who are looking could look past this and realize what a real partnership can be.

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    I'm glad I was mostly impervious to that particular social message.

    I'm with others who feel that a solid relationship shouldn't take hard work. Of course, there's give and take, ups and downs, all that. But if it were one long joyless slog, I would prefer being alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gimmethesimplelife View Post
    I've been chatting lately with a romance scammer (male) in the Philippines (I knew this was a scammer and only participated for entertainment value) for a week lately. Today the whole charade went too far over the top for yours truly and I blocked this person, breathing a sigh of relief that I gave them absolutely nothing they can use against me. Has anyone else here ever chatted with one of these folks?

    I'm not on the market - I just did this (mostly) to see how this works. Big warning signs - professing love within 48 hours - my claiming that I've always wanted to visit the Philippines (this much is true) eliciting excited replies that he'd have "someone" pick me up at the airport. This combined with insistence that he picked out my hotel......a warning sign extravaganza if there ever was one.

    At any rate, for anyone out there single, male or female, straight or gay - be careful out there if you are searching for love online. I have to say that this scammer should sell his charm in bottles if such could be bottled - he wouldn't have to scam anyone anymore. Be careful folks......these scammers are all about your wallet or purse, whichever applies in your case. Rob
    Back to the OP....
    Rob, did you get the feeling with "potential to visit Philippines", them picking the hotel, etc....was it scamming for sex trafficking? So scary how easy it is for people to wind up lost and never heard from again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    On the other hand, one thing I heard that told me my first marriage was dead in the water was my then-wife proclaiming, "I didn't think I would have to work at my marriage." Well, maybe it's not your primary waking activity and maybe it's not hard labor, but there is work involved in marriage (or any similar relationship). Even as easy as marriage with my wife is now, it's not just do whatever you please and not think about accommodating your partner.
    I used to see couples walking through the park holding hands and I would think: "I want what they have!"

    Or I would see a couple zipping down the bicycle lane, laughing in the breeze and think: "I want what they have!"

    But now I think: "They probably have a bunch of petty squabbles and annoy each other endlessly. Maybe it is better that I don't have that."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ultralight View Post
    I used to see couples walking through the park holding hands and I would think: "I want what they have!"

    Or I would see a couple zipping down the bicycle lane, laughing in the breeze and think: "I want what they have!"

    But now I think: "They probably have a bunch of petty squabbles and annoy each other endlessly. Maybe it is better that I don't have that."
    Why does it have to be one or the other? In my marriage we annoy each other, we have fun.

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