So I know like everything, marriage is a choice.
But more and more people are choosing to be unmarried.
Today, in the Wall Street Journal, 48% (almost half) of American eligible voters are unmarried.
And almost 40% of births are to unmarried couples.
The average age for getting married for women is 27 and for men 29.
While of course, it is tough to find (and keep) your soulmate and a lot of it has to do with mazel, it seems like there is not enough appreciation for marriage.
Everyone who is or has been married, I am sure, has had their share of disagreements and fights with their "better half," and certainly some abusive and cheating relationships are way better off undone!
But for the most part, I believe that life is greater and fuller with someone special to share it with, and it is part of our learning and growth to couple, care, give, and love.
I remember when my Opa (grandfather) lost my Oma (grandmother) and when my dad lost my mom and those where some of the most heart wrenching traumas, I think I have ever witnessed.
"What G-d has joined together, let no man break apart."
When I got married, the Rabbi blessed us that we should be Ra'im A'huvim or best friends, and that is a very beautiful blessing to have.
My advice is to try it and hopefully like (or love) it--I think it's worth even all the I Love Lucy moments. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)