I’ve spent some time with my grandparents within the past month. Real time. Where we sat and chat and had no time restraints. I’m grateful that I’ve been able to take the time to prioritize my family in that way. I love them with all my heart.
Something that has struck me and left me processing for a bit now, is what I see in their relationship to each other. They are all they have left, of a life that was rich with friends and loved ones. They are now at an age, where they watch who’s left of their friends pass away. Moving on to bigger adventures in the grand circle of life. It’s a sad, lonely, and quite frankly, a depressing time of one’s life it would seem. So of course, the love my grandparents share is magnified that much more. They’ve been through everything together. They hold hands when they get their hair cut. They are constantly talking about each other and thinking about each other when they are apart.
It’s left me thinking about my own future a little bit. For one, I feel this sudden urge to make sure my retirement accounts are healthy – holy moly does that level of care cost a FORTUNE or what?! But beyond that, I can’t help but wonder what my future as an old lady will be like? Will I live in a nice assisted living place like my grandparents? What will I be like when I’m an old lady? Will I be more cantankerous? More kooky? More sweet? 🙂
Who will be by my side?
Of course, when you start to look ahead, you can’t help but also look behind. I think about the fact that so much in my life has changed from where I was 10, even 15 years ago. How young and innocent I was. Naive to much of what life could, and would throw my way; but I’ve always handled it all. I’m damn proud of that. And I don’t think I’d trade anything from it. EXCEPT one thing. Well – ok maybe two. One – I’d love to have my body back from my early twenties. Uh… yes Please!?! But two… Somewhere along the lines I’ve lost my ability to trust someone else completely. And I miss that.
I sat today and tried to pinpoint when I lost it. Like it was a coin from my pocket that had somehow slipped out and run about loose. But it wasn’t like that. I think it was more like how a rocky cliffside will slowly erode away from the ocean waves that pound on it. The more people I’ve put faith and trust in over the years who’ve let me down, have made it so that I’m a bit leery to be blindly handing out my trust anymore. And that’s really quite a sad thing. That’s me changing and adapting due to shitty people. It’s perfectly normal of course, life experiences teach you, after all.
I’ve been thinking a lot about weddings and relationships. I think it’s because of something my grandmother brought up. 70+ years together. Just Wow. I was admiring their wedding photo and couldn’t help but think that they both, for sure, upheld their wedding vows.
I always upheld mine. That I can say without uncertainty. When I think about my own future, it’s dawned on me that I’ve never really thought about what I’d want someone to say to me now. Because of my own experiences – I think I’d want to write them – rather than have someone say them for me. Because the standard I will love, honor, cherish, obey …. insert the rest of the standard bit here… isn’t quite right for me anymore.
Yes, I would hope to be loved, honored, cherished… i’m pretty sure they cut out obey now… so i won’t get into that one… but I think I’d also want a few other guidelines in there. Ones I would hope would be a mutually spoken thing of course.
8 Vow additions for a future husband & wife:
I promise to Respect.
I would hope that my future husband would promise to always respect me and our relationship.
I promise to Trust and never do anything to cause that level of trust to falter.
I promise to always put your needs at the same priority level as my own. If I’m going to be “selfish” it will be for us – not just myself.
I promise to always be stubborn and to never quit trying and putting effort into us and our lives we’re building together. Even when things get tough or tense.
I promise to always communicate and be transparent. You are the one person I am not allowed to hide anything from. I will always try and make sure that we are communicating in a healthy manner.
I promise to never judge you. I will always empathize with you, and try and understand from your perspective.
I promise to always prioritize our sex life. To be affectionate with you. To touch you and hug you and love you. Because this is something I will also need and crave.
I also promise to adventure with you, to make you laugh, to sing to you, to lift you up and encourage you to spread your wings. To be your cheerleader when you need it, and a silent gaming partner when you need that too.
Hmm… yea, I suppose that covers quite a bit. Makes me wonder how people end their vows these days – and yes, I realize I could go search that. Do they say till death do us part anymore? Or is it till divorce or death do us part? LOL. Ok, ok, I shouldn’t laugh at that – divorce is no laughing matter at all. As obviously, I speak from personal experience there. But do people work loopholes into their vows now?
Can you imagine what some of the worst vows out there could be like? I take you… till death, divorce, sickness, fatness, or a really cute rich guy comes along…
Ugh. I would certainly hope that doesn’t happen. Would seem like a sad state of affairs for the “sanctity of marriage”.
Is it wrong for me to long for this to be a more simple thing? I suppose there is no such thing. All you can do is hope for the best. Hope that the right person will come along and sweep you off your feet. That they’ll be the one to open your eyes to everything that’s good and wonderful in the world. And who knows – maybe they’ll even be a master at making grilled cheese. 😉
Goodnight Neverland. Much love to you.