Weddings, picture perfect smiles, magazine cover poses, beautiful bride, the handsome groom. It’s that moment when you, the guest and the groom, held your breaths as you take your first glimpse of the bride. That has always been the limelight of the traditional wedding we’ve all known. And then here comes the wedding vows.
This is just my perspective of one of the most awaited and celebrated day in a woman’s life. The one that I have been a living, (barely) breathing exemplification, but a bride. I’m not saying that every woman/bride feels the same way I do but to those who share my sentiments, well, I can’t say anything more.
I have learned that “I do” means so many things, after the hustle and bustle of the wedding hype. (OK, my wedding hype to be specific).
- “I do.” – For me, means that more than accepting the “other” person for who he/she really is goes a little deeper than that. It is “I do” know that we’ve been raised differently and that it means we may have many things in common but we have way more differences which will kind of tick us both in the long run. Which could mean misunderstandings, sometimes bemusement or amusement or it could even be complete chaos.
- “I do.” – for the better part of it, when these two powerful words are spoken, should mean that “I do” know that a partner means one that is united in undertaking something. Professionally defined, maybe, but getting married really is a partnership. So if one is in deep sh** or excuse the word, deep trouble, who should be there to pick one up and help clean up? Any other answers? It’s the vow that the priest uttered and we lovingly agreed 100 percent that comes into play.
- “I do.” – means that there should come a time when you no longer have the fight to your right. I mean, as simple as bending your self-proclaimed rules to consider another person that is your partner, remember? One cannot decide on their own anymore. Consider, consider, consider. Wait…that is without remorse, ok? When you say yes, you should mean yes, and not a yes-but-this, or yes-for-now-but….or you get my point.
- “I do.” – should mean, that you know the definition of “compromise” by heart and that you can never use this against your partner as a point in an argument nor as a treachery or worse, black-mail. Or you have never ever learned the meaning in itself, or so it seems.
- “I do.” – is more than anything, affection with no limits or conditions. Complete love. OK, I’ll say it, unconditional love. And I rest my case here.
So why am I even writing this? Like what I said, I am but a living proof of someone who got on my surf board and caught the waves without training or even just a pep talk to keep me afloat. But, I was just also a beginner, who’s wanting so much to ride the tide high and learn on my own, without giving up the fight. I can’t say for sure if these feelings are in some way mutual with the groom’s because I was just a bride….twice. And that’s another story.