Making any relationship last in an honest and loving way takes work. No matter how compatible you are, life is going to throw surprises your way, and finding ways to openly communicate while infusing a long-term relationship with romance requires dedication and a lot of course correction.
When you look at divorce statistics, the high rates of infidelity, and the general unhappiness a lot of people in long-term relationships exude, it's easy to get cynical about the possibility of a happy and dedicated partnership. But it's helpful to remember, that while it's work, there are in fact people who enjoy each other's company for years on end.
Yes. I’ve been married 26 years. We recently transitioned to another stage in life, empty nesters. Our kids are both in college now. So it’s just us and the dog.
Looking back, our relationship has changed over the years based on our circumstances at the time: job changes, having children, moving, getting older, health scares, surviving natural disasters, parents dying, etc…