Getting a divorce makes you wonder if your marriage was a waste of time, doesn’t it? Here’s the good news about divorce after your marriage ends.
On my article My Husband Left Me for Another Woman, a reader described how her marriage began and ended….
“I spent nearly a decade with him just to watch him walk away. I want to know if they ever regret it or feel guilty about what they have done? I know it doesn’t matter because when someone wnats out, they want out. It’s sad some people think marriages are so disposable. The thing is he pursued me so hard and wanted to rush to get married so I gave in and now…he files for divorce. Wow. I pray for the day to come when I don’t wake up feeling this huge anchor on my chest, the day where he is a long lost memory or when I think ‘What in the heck did I see in that guy?’”
And, she asks a very important question:
“How can a person marry someone and then just … leave? I gave him so much of me and helped him out with so many things and for what?”
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Though I don’t know her, her husband, or how their marriage played out, I believe her marriage wasn’t a waste of time. If you’re afraid being married was a waste of the best years of your life, read When the Fairy Tale Fails: How Women Today Can Create Their Own “Happy Ever After”.
5 Reasons Your Marriage Wasn’t a Waste of Time
You discovered the best and worst of yourself
It’s true that marriage shows you the best and worst parts of who you are. Marriage brings out your strengths and weaknesses, and helps you learn who you are. For this reason alone, I believe that broken marriages aren’t a waste of time! The silver lining of a break up is that you’ve learned more about yourself than you could ever have learned alone. You grew. You’re wiser, more capable, and more vulnerable — and those are good things.
You learned what marriage is all about
My husband was in a long-term relationship before he married me, and I was jealous and insecure about his ex. But, he insisted that he learned a lot from the woman he lived with – she taught him how to be in a relationship. He’s a fantastic, devoted, loving husband…and I now believe that it’s partly because he was in a long-term relationship before he married me. His first relationship wasn’t a waste of time because it taught him how to love me. And, your marriage isn’t a waste of time because it taught you how to love. And, how to let go of someone you love.
You lived, you loved
This may not make you feel better, but it really is “better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.” Yes, love can rip your heart out, destroy your family, and make you wish you were dead. But, love can also put you on top of the world, make you feel more alive and happy than you’ve ever felt, and help you see the best in life, people, and the world. Love changes everything…and taking the risk to love someone always comes with the risk of losing that love.
You learned what to do better next time
Again, this might not make you feel better, but this marriage wasn’t a waste of time because you learned how to spot and stop mistakes before they happen! My reader said that her husband pressured her to marry him quickly — and I’m willing to bet she won’t fall into that trap again. Yes, it’s a painful way to learn a valuable lesson. But the best lessons involve pain, my friend. The silver lining of a break up is learning how to love better next time.
You affected lives in ways you don’t know
No matter how your marriage began or ended, you changed the course of your ex’s life. You loved him, you affected his family and friends, and you changed him in significant ways. He’ll never forget you — and neither will his friends or family. You marriage wasn’t a waste of time…even if you’ll never, ever know exactly how it affected other people’s lives.
If you’re struggling to find hope and happiness after divorce, read When He Leaves: Help and Hope for Hurting Wives by Kari West.
What do you think of these reasons marriage isn’t a waste of time – and my idea that there is hope and happiness after divorce? I welcome your comments below.