I was in my previous relationship for 8 years and considering that we started dating when I was 19, this was quite an accomplishment for someone of my age. He and I could walk into any party and I said, "8 years" with such pride when people would ask how long we had been together. I knew with certainty that we were the longest lasting couple in the room every time. I also say it with pride that my parents have been married for over 30 years. That my aunt and uncle have also been married for over 30 years and my grandparents have been married for more than 50. It's like some strange badge of honor I wear - that I myself was in such a long-term relationship and that I am surrounded by others in my family who are as well. My therapist recently asked me a good question though: why?
I'm still working to figure out that answer, but I know I'm not alone. I love watching those youtube videos about the couple that has been together f ...Read more