Has the love bug made its way back into your life?
From a place of never desiring to date or be intimate with the opposite sex, do you now find yourself contemplating the possibility of having found your lifelong partner?
It is reassuring to see that you are approaching this relationship with a greater level of seriousness.
You have experienced firsthand the difficulties that accompany marriage, and this knowledge will likely guide your actions and decisions moving forward.
Feeling apprehensive is a natural response.
The fear of experiencing another failed relationship can be a constant struggle in your daily life.
Nevertheless, marriage is a truly wonderful institution.
Two individuals become one team.
Unfortunately, our present society and culture may not provide the most conducive environment for fostering successful marriages.
Deciding to get married becomes even more complicated as a result.
That is why I highly recommend initiating significant discussions between you and your partner, as they are essential for building a strong relationship foundation.
1. Personal Growth and Self-Discovery:
We need to be honest here.
You need to acknowledge your responsibility for the failure of your first marriage.
Relationships involve both parties, so it’s crucial to understand what went wrong.
Take a moment to look back objectively, recalling the constructive criticism your ex gave you daily, delivered in a caring and compassionate manner.
Consider areas where you need personal growth, such as emotional intimacy, managing expectations, and providing spiritual support.
Self-reflection is essential. If you don’t have a clear understanding of yourself, the upcoming discussions won’t be worthwhile.
2. Shared Hobbies and Interests:
Depending on the duration of your previous marriage, you probably know that the level of intimacy in a relationship fluctuates over time.
However, it’s crucial to recognize that a marriage encompasses more than just sexual connection.
It is essentially a partnership and your significant other should also be your best friend.
Engaging in shared hobbies and interests can greatly contribute to the strength of your relationship.
While it’s true that opposites often attract, having common interests brings you closer and makes the dynamic of a second marriage easier.
It is important to have open conversations about the hobbies you both enjoy and truly understand what brings joy to your partner.
Maybe both of you share a passion for traveling, exercising, reading, or volunteering.
Concentrate on engaging in these activities together and explore new ones as well.
By nurturing your friendship and participating in activities together, you will notice improvements in other aspects of your relationship as well.
3. Philanthropy and Giving Back:
Charitable endeavors, Brandon?
Are you serious about this?
It may not be a topic that often comes up, but it holds more significance than one might think.
Engaging in philanthropy invites discussions about your values as a couple.
It asks whether you believe in giving back to your community and which causes ignite your passion.
Take the time to explore how you both can participate in charitable activities together.
It not only nurtures a sense of purpose but also allows you to make a positive impact on the world around you.
4. Cultural and Spiritual Practices:
Belief is a powerful drive that stems from deep emotions.
I’ve witnessed the strength of belief in my professional life, as people are willing to fight for what they believe in.
It’s important to understand what your partner believes and what you believe as well.
This includes matters of faith, culture, and spirituality.
If your beliefs align, that’s great.
However, if they don’t, it’s crucial to start addressing this matter early on.
Most people are unwilling to let go of their beliefs easily — if ever.
But what are some ways to incorporate elements from each of your backgrounds and find a harmonious blend that honors your shared heritage while supporting your spiritual growth?
It’s worth exploring how you can create a unique mix that celebrates both of your backgrounds.
By incorporating elements that resonate with both of you, you can foster a strong bond and encourage mutual understanding.
5. Emotional Vulnerability and Mental Health:
Everyone in our world carries their brokenness or what is commonly referred to as “baggage.”
This emotional turmoil from our past greatly influences our upcoming second marriage and our mental well-being.
By establishing a safe space, we can better comprehend each other’s struggles, growing closer and fostering healing for our old wounds.
Although it’s not an effortless journey, my tendency to withdraw stems from feeling unheard for a prolonged period.
Consequently, my trust in others’ concerns is significantly diminished.
On the other hand, some individuals may experience heightened anxiety, and seek emotional closeness, especially during difficult times.
By openly discussing our challenges and creating a supportive environment, we can navigate each emotional or mental health obstacle with greater ease.
Recognizing the impact of past trauma will also guide us in shaping a framework for effectively addressing future issues together.
Interested in reading more?
Check out my blog post, “Writing a New Love Story: 10 Steps and Resources for Couples Considering a Second Marriage”.