Social Icons

Marriage Isn’t For Me

Happy Tuesday!  Don’t let the title of this post freak you out – I love being married and in that sense it is for me!  There is a blog post floating around FB written by a Seth Adam Smith and I want you all to read it.  Here’s the link: , and if you don’t like visiting weird websites here is the text that I copied and pasted from his blog.  All credit goes to Seth Adam Smith, I didn’t write a word of what’s in Italics below.

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. :) I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

Perhaps each of us have moments in our lives when it feels like time slows down or the air becomes still and everything around us seems to draw in, marking that moment as one we will never forget.

My dad giving his response to my concerns was such a moment for me. With a knowing smile he said, “Seth, you’re being totally selfish. So I’m going to make this really simple: marriage isn’t for you. You don’t marry to make yourself happy, you marry to make someone else happy. More than that, your marriage isn’t for yourself, you’re marrying for a family. Not just for the in-laws and all of that nonsense, but for your future children. Who do you want to help you raise them? Who do you want to influence them? Marriage isn’t for you. It’s not about you. Marriage is about the person you married.”

It was in that very moment that I knew that Kim was the right person to marry. I realized that I wanted to make her happy; to see her smile every day, to make her laugh every day. I wanted to be a part of her family, and my family wanted her to be a part of ours. And thinking back on all the times I had seen her play with my nieces, I knew that she was the one with whom I wanted to build our own family.

My father’s advice was both shocking and revelatory. It went against the grain of today’s “Walmart philosophy”, which is if it doesn’t make you happy, you can take it back and get a new one.

No, a true marriage (and true love) is never about you. It’s about the person you love—their wants, their needs, their hopes, and their dreams. Selfishness demands, “What’s in it for me?”, while Love asks, “What can I give?”

Some time ago, my wife showed me what it means to love selflessly. For many months, my heart had been hardening with a mixture of fear and resentment. Then, after the pressure had built up to where neither of us could stand it, emotions erupted. I was callous. I was selfish.

But instead of matching my selfishness, Kim did something beyond wonderful—she showed an outpouring of love. Laying aside all of the pain and aguish I had caused her, she lovingly took me in her arms and soothed my soul.

Marriage is about family.

I realized that I had forgotten my dad’s advice. While Kim’s side of the marriage had been to love me, my side of the marriage had become all about me. This awful realization brought me to tears, and I promised my wife that I would try to be better.

To all who are reading this article—married, almost married, single, or even the sworn bachelor or bachelorette—I want you to know that marriage isn’t for you. No true relationship of love is for you. Love is about the person you love.

And, paradoxically, the more you truly love that person, the more love you receive. And not just from your significant other, but from their friends and their family and thousands of others you never would have met had your love remained self-centered.

Truly, love and marriage isn’t for you. It’s for others.

So, what do you think?  I totally agree with this.  I also love the bit about marriage not being 50/50.  Some days it’s 90/10, 30/70, others it’s 100/0.  You give and ‘take’ in different combos, it changes from day to day.  Some days you are giving much more than your spouse because they need you to give more those days. Sometimes those days turn into weeks, but you do it for the one you love. 

Anyway, I just wanted to share what Seth had to say, I think it’s pretty awesome and I’m going to remember this and pass it on to our kids when they are getting married. 

On a much different note, today I am linking up with one of my best girls, Jodi!  I love this link up idea, it’s going to be weekly on Tuesdays (starting today!) so hopefully you’ll join in and answer the q’s too!
This or That Link Up

~A night without the kids, or a night with well behaved kids?

A night with well behaved kids – if they’re being well behaved then there’s no reason to get rid of them, right?

~Full on tantrum in the grocery store, or tantrum in the movie theatre?

Grocery store – I can leave my full cart behind but hate to leave in the middle of a movie I’ve already paid for.

~Runny nose, or runny bum?

Runny nose, hands down!

~Self done haircut, or self done sharpie tattoo?

Sharpie Tattoo – it goes away much quicker than a big old snip out of the bangs!


Have a great Tuesday!



  1. That post was amazing!! Thanks for sharing. I want to share it with my husband

  2. I read that article a couple of days ago and LOVED every single word of it!! Every person, married or not, should read it.

  3. I love, love, love that marriage thing!! I saw it all over Facebook! So glad you posted it, everyone needs to read it!
    And thanks for linking up! So fun!