Hollywood superstar Gwyneth Paltrow appears, to many people, to have the perfect life. She’s beautiful, wealthy, decorated with awards, and for followers of her blog, seems to live a lavish life of yoga sessions, trips to France, and red carpet ceremonies.
She recently opened up to Glamour U.K. though, and showed her fans and followers that her life isn’t just a fairy tale – that she’s a person like the rest of us, and that, like many people around the world, her marriage isn’t always smooth sailing.
“It’s hard being married,” she said. “You go through great times, you go through horrible times. We’re the same as any couple.”
Gwyneth is married to Coldplay front man Chris Martin, and says she’s learned more about herself by being married than anything else. She’s learned that she has to give her husband space to meet his creative needs, and she recognizes that each struggle in her relationship is an opportunity to learn and grow.
It’s a healthy reminder that celebs like Paltrow and Martin don’t have perfect relationships, and that they have to work at them just like the rest of us.
Perhaps married couples everywhere can take a cue from this revealing interview, and remember that there is no such thing as perfection – no such thing as a perfect marriage. People have to be actively committed to each other, and to making the relationship work. This means knowing each other’s quirks and needs, and having the strength to find productive solutions when problems arise.
Every relationship is going to have its ups and downs, but keeping a positive outlook can help get you through the rough times.
Gwyneth said, “We laugh, we’re good friends, we like to do the same stuff.”
Sometimes reminding yourself of these commonalities is a good way of keeping your marriage in perspective. It may be a lot of work at times, but it’s also a lot of fun at times!
Nobody’s marriage is perfect, despite any appearances. We all have to take an active role to keep our relationships strong, and that means getting to know our partners and ourselves as best we can. Each challenge is a chance to strengthen your marriage, as long as you maintain the right attitude!
Like Gwyneth Paltrow marriage, everyone needs work sometimes. For more information on how to strengthen your marriage, check out the StrongMarriageNow System today!
Dr. Dana Fillmore and Amy Barnhart, co-Founders, StrongMarriageNow.com