by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
Paranormal Underground Magazine
It’s the classic Disney movie ending. The princess meets her love and they live happily ever after. I’m pretty sure that the concept from Disney movies and romance novels have set many a young woman up for disappointment when she finds her happily ever after.
You see, I married my happily ever after seven years ago today. And it’s been a great seven years, although there has never been a riding off into the sunset kind of moment. The reality of happily ever after is that you have to choose it. Every single day. For the past seven years, I have chosen Jim daily. That piece of paper called a marriage certificate is a start, but then there are the other days that follow. The days you wake up with a headache. The days the kids are driving you crazy. The days that you disagree. The days where money is tight.
Happily ever after looks a lot like life before the romantic ending. The same mishaps befall you. The same things annoy you. People still die. Bills still come due. The difference is that, if you are willing, now there is a partner to share those things with you and ride with you through the storm.
My happily ever after is a work of art that is still evolving every day. My marriage is a blank canvas onto which I can paint whatever I want. Bold broad strokes, soft curving strokes, brilliant light, dark shadows. My marriage has all of it, and it is shaping up to be a masterpiece. But it doesn’t look a thing like a Disney movie, nor do I expect it to. Happily ever after takes work, commitment and a willingness to truly share your life with another. For the past seven years, I have chosen my happily ever after every day. I plan to continue choosing it daily in the years to come.
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