A post I read yesterday at The Motherlode — ‘Is the ‘Good Enough’ Marriage Good For The Children‘ — grabbed my interest and also made me shake my head a little bit. The author refers to an article in The Atlantic where the author talks about how she may never find a husband.
She broke up with an “exceptional person, intelligent, good-looking, loyal, kind. My friends, many of whom were married or in marriage-track relationships, were bewildered. I was bewildered. To account for my behavior, all I had were two intangible yet undeniable convictions: something was missing; I wasn’t ready to settle down.”
Here is where she is now:
I am 39, with too many ex-boyfriends to count and, I am told, two grim-seeming options to face down: either stay single or settle for a ‘good enough’ mate. At this point, certainly, falling in love and getting married may be less a matter of choice than a stroke of wild great luck.
The Motherlode ended her post with a number of questions, one of which stood out for me:
Is, indeed, the message that we should marry for love — passionate, soul-fulfilling love — and never settle for less now outdated?
Passionate, soul-fulfilling love. What does that mean, exactly? If it’s of the movie-style variety, a parody commercial I saw recently kind of hit a truth spot. The couple knocked stuff over and fell off the bed and comically showed how the movies do not equal real life.
Is my marriage passionate? Yes. Were we passionate when we first met? I’m not sure if that’s the right word. We were lusty and twitterpated but the passion is something we’ve forged out of a trusting, committed relationship.
Is my marriage soul-fulfilling? Yes. It always has been, because we share the same faith. Faith ties into soul and, so.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you think that you need to have movie-level passion (I watched Dirty Dancing on a flight last weekend, so that comes to mind), or is ‘good enough’ (which is AWESOME, outside of movie-land) where you are at?