As of today, my wife and I have been married 10 years. Admittedly, that is a fact I am very proud of, as it is an honor to be married to this woman.
I am even more in love with her now than I was on July 5, 2008.
That’s something I can honestly say. Because over the course of the past decade, we have both evolved as individuals, while at the same time we have chosen to grow together in the same direction.
Therefore, I can now appreciate who she is as a person more than I could 10 years ago. We have made “happily ever after” our daily choice.
It helps that my wife is full of grace. I think that was an underlying trait of hers that I always knew that attracted me to her.
Now at age 37, with the life experience of 10 years of marriage, and 7 and a half as a parent, I have undeniably evolved.
I can’t see how a man could go from bachelor to married man and then father, over the course of a decade, without being forced to change for the better; as he is stripped away of his sense of selfishness, and trades it in for selflessness.
Back in 2008, at age 27, I knew so little about adulthood and how the world actually worked.
As I recently mentioned, the search for wisdom, truth, and meaning ends with life’s responsibilities; including marriage, children, and a mortgage.
I am not the same person I was a decade ago; neither is my wife.
With each passing decade ahead, I know we will continue to evolve as individuals, as well as together.
We knew each other for 4 months before we started dating, then dated for for a 11 months before we became engaged (nearly half of that time she was overseas in Australia serving as a nanny), then were engaged for 5 months before we got married.
And now 10 years have passed.
That is our story so far. We’ve got the rest of our lives to figure out what comes next.