Excerpt from Some Marriage Myths Debunked

By Elizabeth A. Abrenica

 

“Marriage Is A Bed Of Roses”
Love is a feeling. It conquers all. Love is enough.

 

While love claims to be ultra-powerful in its purest form, the feelings we call “love” can also be ultra-fragile in the face of major individual differences—be it values, backgrounds, behaviors or even personal habits.

Yes, love is a mutual feeling you share with a significant other. It’s like the feeling you get when you get engaged and finally get hold of that sparkling, shining, shimmering diamond ring. Oh, many girls dream of such things. Nakakakilig! And then, the wedding preparations follow—the stunning entourage and all the magical, tangible details that keep you somewhat insane. You keep daydreaming and looking forward to the big day.

But those are just the superficial facts about love and marriage. More than feelings, love is a verb, an action that we need to execute even in the moments when you don’t have enough wonderful feelings to bring out the positive act.

I fell in love, got engaged and then got married. I can say that I’ve been through all sorts of emotions when it comes to love. But no matter how much you both try to always put your best foot forward, those butterfly-in-the-stomach, heart-throbbing feelings can easily ebb and flow. There are a lot of reasons why these things burst and fade, and sometimes, there can be no reasons at all.

 

Photo by Elizabeth A. Abrenica

 

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About Elizabeth

Elizabeth or “Betchie” is a registered nurse who loves stocks, marketing and entrepreneurship more than needles, code red and scrub suits. She is passionate about her business, blogging, fashion, discovering new knowledge and life.She is happily married to her soulmate for 10 years and was blessed with two adorable kids.

She is happily married to her soulmate for 10 years and was blessed with two adorable kids. Betchie loves family trips, honeymoon staycations, meeting people, coffee and cheesecakes.Currently, she’s in love with a fictional hero named Oliver Queen from the TV series Arrow and she’s a beauty queen wannabe. She blogs at www.mommyqueenelizabeth.com.

Currently, she’s in love with a fictional hero named Oliver Queen from the TV series Arrow and she’s a beauty queen wannabe. She blogs at www.mommyqueenelizabeth.com.

 

Photos by Pepe Fernandez

 

 

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Edits: Jacquie Bamba S. Zamora

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Philippine Copyright © 2016 by Katherine C. Eustaquio-Derla

Kath C. Eustaquio-Derla is a journalism graduate from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She wrote Bedroom Blog by Veronica, a relationship blog for Cosmopolitan Philippines from 2009 to 2011, which covers most of her single dating life. In 2015, she published her first book Before I Do. She’s passionate about coffee, red wine, books and Mad Men. She stopped collecting hearts when she got married in 2013 and went back to collecting Archie Comics ever since. Send the author a tweet @kceustaquio.

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