Practical wisdom about dating, courtship, and relationships to improve your love life.
"Marriage is more than finding the right person. It is being the right person." - Josh D. McDowell
There was a time in my life when I wondered if I would ever find true love. When I was in college, I thought I’d be married by the time I was 25 years old. When 27 rolled around, I thought I would get married in my early 30s. Then I thought I'd be married by the time I was 35 years old. In hindsight, it’s easy to see why it took so long for “the one” to find me and me to find “the one”. I wasn't being the person I needed to be in order to have the love I desired.
The reality is that I focused on my career assuming that my love life would fall into place. When I was in my late 30s, I began to understand that having a successful love life required conscious effort and focus. This was the beginning of many firsts: focusing more on my love life than my professional life, understanding the unhealthy relationship patterns I was repeating, learning to love myself and knowing my self worth.
When I reflect back on my life, I realize I wasn't meant to take the traditional path. Mine was more of a winding path with many forks in the road. Although it hasn't been as direct as many other people's paths, it's been just as rewarding. I, like many people, questioned and wanted to know why things weren’t working out for me at the time these difficult situations were happening. I didn’t realize the most positive outcomes come from difficult situations. It's serendipitous how things work out for the better and reveal themselves when the timing is right.
I'm 46 and am getting married June 8th! One of the benefits of being an older bride is that with age, comes a different perspective. I know if I had married at a young age, I would have missed out on being my own person. Marrying at a later age has given me the benefit of knowing who I am and experiencing life as my own complete person. In honor of being true to who I am and to this new phase of my life, I'll keep my last name and add on my fiancé's last name.
If you've experienced many forks in the road, be assured that these forks are for your greater good. Know that everything is working out in your best interest. Your difficult life and love lessons are opportunities to learn and grow from. Take the time to focus on your love life. Learn to love yourself and know your self worth.
Keep walking your path and stay open to what the Universe has in store for you. Be hopeful, believe and know that you will have the love you desire. You'll find that love will be even better than you expected.
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