“We had an ugly fight over something dumb on the way to the airport, just before we left for our honeymoon,” said my young friend “Lauren.” “The day before, we had promised forever; now we just hope to make it through the first week.”
My husband and I attended Lauren’s wedding a few years ago. It was a Pinterest-worthy occasion, complete with white roses, his and hers monogrammed cakes, and tiny sparkling lights strung across the dance floor. The couple looked so happy; they had dreamed about their wedding day for a long time. And it was perfect.
Until the next morning.
“Our argument on the way to the airport took us by surprise,” said Lauren. “I thought our honeymoon was supposed to be the most romantic trip of our lives. But we weren’t even speaking for half of it. It seemed like our marriage was doomed.”
Thankfully, Lauren is happily married now, in spite of a less-than-perfect start.
Like Lauren, I entered into marriage believing certain myths—idealistic, storybook ideas of what marriage should be like—that just aren’t true. Some of these myths took me years to recognize. While marriage myths are dangerous and misleading, it’s amazing how quickly the truth can dispel them.
As I’ve talked with Lauren and other women, it seems like most of us got married believing many of the same, commonly held myths. Maybe you did, too. In an effort to change this, I’ve made a list of five dangerous myths about marriage not to buy into:
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