I had the pleasure of attending a wedding my daughter was singing. I began reflecting on my marriage and the strength that comes from having someone who cares about you. I don’t know where I would be without the love of my wife. We had met two years before briefly when I was visiting friends at a former employer and she had just begun working there. Periodically, I would inquire with friends about her.
Fast forward two years and the worst thing that I have ever experienced happens. My son’s mother passes away. Our mutual friend mentions this to her and she literally appeared as an angel. I was so fortunate to have her in my life. We were married 7 months later and it will be 7 years this September. Marriage is work, you have to compromise to move ahead and not let the petty things get in the way.
She had two teenage children and my son was just turning 8. The challenges of a blended family are real. The topic of a blended family deserves a post of its own. I was over protective of my son because of what he had been through. She was so insistent that we all get on the page and over the years things have gotten better. But there are still challenges that arise.
How Long is too long to date?
My wife and I dated 7 months before getting married. You have couples who wait for 5, 10, even 20 years before finally getting married. I guess there really isn’t a statue of limitations. This couple had dated 19 years, bought a house and raised 3 children. I think marriage for some people is frightening. We see some of the statistics on divorce and don’t want any part of it. Ultimately, I think it is selfish not to want to marry and commit to the person you say you love because of insecurities. It took a tragedy for me to understand the importance of interdependence.
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After the end of another long day, have you ever thought, “there has to be a better way.” There is still a lot to do with and for the family but I am totally exhausted. I work about 60 hours plus per week and I am not sure it is the best way to continue. I need to restructure my life but at the same time whether actual or imagine I believe it is necessary to work a lot. I have worked two jobs for the last 15 years. When I was younger, it was necessary to make ends meet. However, for the past 10 years, it hasn’t been. The truth is I am scared to stop working so much because I never know when something may happen.
Perhaps, my full-time job has a massive or a maybe my wife gets sick of her job and wants to quit. I think it also goes back to growing up poor and the financial and material deprivation. I want to put as many barriers between my childhood and my children as possible. All the while, life slowly ebbs by missing moments with my family.
For the last five years, I have said this will be the last year working the part-time job. However, I enjoy my part time job working with people with disabilities out in the community. In actuality, this should be the last year of working the full-time job. I am not living my purpose which revolves around helping people and entrepreneurial interest. More importantly, one that will give me flexibility and the financial security I need.
It is getting late, almost one in the morning. My dreams may have started a little early. It’s going to be a long day. Up at 5:30, I will probably get back in around 8:30 this evening. My 6-year-old will be waiting to tell me how his day was and my wife will ask me how my day was. I will answer, “it was okay.” If you struggle with work-life balance or maybe you have found a solution, please share what your experience has been.
I lost count on how many elementary schools I attended. We moved a lot and with every move, we left some of our belongs behind. I don’t have any pictures of myself as a child. The last picture I had, I lost when I was 20. I don’t have any pictures to show my children. My grandchildren will never be able to look through a photo album and see as a child. Despite the tumultuous life, there were many happy times. Fortunately today, we can protect our memories forever with the multitude of ways. Collect all those memories and store them in one place with your very own website. Have a place to connect with family and friends anywhere in the world. Most importantly, you own the platform.
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