As we approach he 4th of July weekend, we can’t help but think about freedom and independence as the cornerstones of American ideals, and about how we can exercise those principles in our own lives.
But what about marriage? Is it possible to find, and even increase, your freedom through marriage? With the right mentality, the answer is a resounding YES!
When we talk about freedom, we’re talking about the ability to pursue happiness, to not be hindered by undue stress or pressure, and to have a hopeful outlook for the future. So, in terms of your marriage, this kind of freedom is absolutely attainable – if you put the time into building and maintaining a strong, healthy relationship.
In strong marriages, both members of the relationship offer each other the support to be the best person they can be, and encourage one another to find and pursue the things that lead to a fulfilling life. Don’t think of freedom as something that has to happen individually – with the support of a loving spouse, you can actually enjoy more freedom, simply because you have another person watching out for you, helping you overcome challenges, and there to keep you steady when you stumble.
There’s also tremendous joy in providing that kind of unwavering support for the person you love!
The kind of happiness and stability you can achieve when you share your life and love with another person is incredible! When you truly connect with your spouse, the freedom you feel to be yourself, to expose your vulnerable side, and to share you biggest hopes and dreams is amazing!
The power and strength that people gain from happy, healthy relationships is virtually unparalleled, and represents a whole new kind of “independence” – it makes you feel like you’ve always got a backup, a person in your corner, a cheerleader, and a place to turn for help.
The pursuit of “freedom” is not about a lack of responsibilities or a lack of commitments. Instead, it’s about finding the things that resonate with your personally, and having the time, health, and ability to dedicate yourself to the things most important to you. A loving spouse will help you do just that, and you can do the same for them!