Popping up on my feed every now so often are articles, listicles, random status posts about how to make a lasting relationship. There are many versions to it, but most are centered on fun, enjoyment, more fun.
I read about being true to yourself and I agree. I read about spending quality time and I agree. I read about being honest, being generous, being forgiving, and I whole-heartedly agree.
But I think so much is missing. For people hoping to take their relationships to a higher level, surely more work and negotiation have to be done.
Like, when all the fun activities gets old and boring, what else is in store?
Or if you find out that what your significant other believes in runs contrary to the belief that is central to who you are, will that be the end of the story? Or will you just sweep the issue under the rug and divert your attention to the fun at hand?
When life makes unexpected twists and turns — for better or worse — how will you cope up?
Beyond the fun, what else will bind? What else may lead to a lifelong companionship?
Response to the prompt: Companion