Marriage is the ultimate commitment and final stage in a relationship, and nothing to be taken for granted. It’s an opportunity to publicly declare your love and lifelong commitment to your partner.
However, despite how much people may mean their vows when they say them, divorce statistics show that more marriages fail than they thrive. A big reason for this is people don’t go through the proper steps before reaching the altar.
Rather than rushing into marriage simply because you think it’s something you should do after a certain amount of time, it’s important that you are sure you found the right person you’re ready to commit to.
In order to do that, you should test out your compatibility and resilience as a couple. If you’re considering marrying your partner, then ask yourself whether you’ve experienced these important things already.
Statistics show that moving to a new home is one of the most stressful things a person can experience. Besides the discomfort of changing your environment, there’s also all of the logistics involved like hiring a moving company, and unpacking once you arrive. There’s nothing like a move to bring out someone’s true colors. Before you get married, you want to know how your spouse acts under pressure. Try moving together at least once, and it will reveal a lot about your significant other.
Traveling to a new place forces people to step outside of their comfort zone and adapt to a new environment. It often requires adaptability, split-second thinking, and resourcefulness. Not only that, but it’s a wonderful experience to enjoy as a couple. From trying out different cuisines to experiencing new cultures to giving speaking a foreign language a whirl, travel is full of experiences to be had.
Make sure that you travel together before walking down the aisle, so you can see whether you are compatible in a new environment. Traveling comes with no shortage of challenges along the way, from lost luggage to delayed flights, so seeing how you handle these challenges as a team is a powerful opportunity to grow as a couple.
Take a Class Together
While not all of your interests need to match up, and it’s perfectly healthy to have independent interests, it’s also important to share common ones. Taking a class together is a wonderful bonding experience and a test of teamwork. Whether you sign up for a dance class, or a cooking class, embarking on an adventure together will show how you work together in an unfamiliar territory, and how well you support each other.
After all, taking a class together is a wonderful metaphor for marriage itself. You’re working towards a common goal together, and learn something new every side by side!