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Friday, May 15, 2015
Reflections on Sustaining a Healthy Marriage
Reflections on Sustaining a Healthy Marriage (photo by LivligaHome)
It is true. I am one of the lucky ones. I married my soul
mate. After 33 years of marriage (our anniversary is today) I remain incredibly
attracted to this man. I don’t agree that you give up on romance the longer you
are in a marriage. Not only is my husband my best friend he is also my amazing
lover. Believe me, they are not mutually exclusive.
Sometimes I like to reflect on why I feel or think the way I
do about something. So, why does my husband remain so interesting and sexy to
me? I don’t think it is just one thing. First off, we are both very compatible
and yet we are very different.
Several of our friends have remarked that my husband and I
seem so considerate and respectful of each other. This sort of surprised me.
How the two of us interact with each other is something I think I have taken a
little bit for granted. It wouldn’t occur to me to act towards him any other
way. But why? I think it is because I value his intelligence as well as how he
thinks. He is honestly the most intelligent person I have ever known. No joke.
I really value his opinion.
Working together at NY NOW (photo by LivligaHome)
Another big part of our lives has been embracing change. We
have done a lot of morphing both in our personal and professional lives. Both
of us, since we have been around a while, have had multiple careers. Now we are
in a start up together. And as we have gotten older we value our health, both
in mind and body, more and more. This means we dedicate time and resources to
living a healthy lifestyle. We work out together, we take weekend bike rides
together and we love to hike in the Rocky Mountains. Fortunately, we both want
to be healthy eaters, even though we are hardcore foodies. This means we often
cook together and willingly explore new recipes and healthier menus, like
cooking vegetarian. If only one of us wanted to do these things it wouldn’t be
as successful or fun.
On to a new adventure--kayaking! (photo by LivligaHome)
For our anniversary this year we are going for yet another
adventure. We bought kayaks! They were on sale as were the paddles and Life jackets.
With all the knee problems I have been having, my husband came up with the
great idea that we should take up kayaking. We are not taking on white waters
yet, more like reservoirs, streams and lakes. I am so looking forward to a
summer time of water adventures and seeing things from a new vantage point with
my life partner.
Finally, I think another big part of enjoying our marriage
is having fun together. It is important to us to find time to have fun. We look
forward to it. Whether it is as simple as cuddling up together to watch TV,
spending time cooking a meal, going on a bike ride or hike, having a date night,
or traveling on holiday, we cherish that time together.