Saturday, 18 May 2013

License to Wed

I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event of one's life, the foundation of happiness or misery. And the best part is, both the unmarried and the married are unhappy, though for radically opposite reasons, one for not being married, and the other for being married.

I couldn't help thinking of the quite serious question about why we do it. Do we really have no idea of what we're getting ourselves into? A long time ago, I realized that oddly enough, there are many things we do in life where there are no prerequisites. Before society allows me to drive a car, I must pass a test. Before I'm allowed to work as accountant, I have to obtain a degree and carry out an internship. But marriage? Becoming a parent? Our society, we collectively, require absolutely no proof of competency. There are no tests to pass, certificate to obtain, or internship to go through.

It’s important that younger people realize how difficult a marriage will be, at times. It strongly suggest that couples need more than just the desire to be married to make their marriage work but that they also need to understand the complexity of this intimate union. In our marriage life, we shall encounter issues of communication, finances, fair fighting, stress, making promises, and parenthood.

We all have the "right" to get married or become parents and we all would be indignant if anybody suggested we would need to prove beforehand that we have the requisite skills and financial means to be doing any of these activities. Every relationship has its flaws, but these flaws add to the charm of the marriage.

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