Agreeing to spend the rest of your life with someone is a big decision, to say the least.
So many questions emerge when contemplating marriage: Is it worth it? What will our relationship look like in 20 years? Will our sex life die a horrible death?
Thankfully, a Reddit thread emerged Sunday asking users what it's really like to be married, and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. Here's what they had to say:
1. Coming home is the best part of your day.
"You know on bad days all you want to do is come home, put on comfy clothes, order take out, maybe drink a few beers and watch TV with your cell phone shut off? Well, if you're lucky, you have someone at home to enjoy that experience with you. Instead of them annoying you, you are glad you can be that comfortable with someone. It's nice."
2. Someone always has your back.
"Everyone's marriage is unique, but we derive a lot of our relationship's meaning from shared experiences. We love each other more because of what we have been through together, and what we are going to go through together in our future. There may be days that we don't like each other, but when the chips are down we both always have someone who loves us and has our back."
3. A (hopefully) thriving sex life.
"You always have someone to play games with, you don't have to do all the cooking and chores by yourself, and lots of sex. It's pretty great. :)"
4. Two people are better than one at facing life's challenges.
"My wife is my best friend. It isn't all sunshine and lollipops, it requires effort from both people. To me, the benefits of facing life with someone that you are compatible with makes it all worth while."
5. You can be yourself without fear of judgement.
"With the right partner, it's incredible. I love knowing that when I come home from work, my husband will be there to greet me with a smile and a hug (and maybe a snack). I can be myself around him and he never judges me."
6. It's like having your own personal superhero.
"Being married means I know someone always has my back. And I always have hers. Sometimes it feels like us against the world-- but no matter what happens, it's us against the world."
7. Easy access to your BFF.
"It's great! It's like living with a best friend."
8. You never have to put on a show.
"I married my wife because I feel like I am by myself when I am with her. What I mean is that I feel no need to be on. I don't need to entertain or be funny or be sociable or any of the hundreds of exhausting things you have to be to function in society."
9. The good outweighs the bad.
"It's having a partner in crime. If I want to do my own thing I can while he does his. It's sharing, its work and it can be incredibly hard not to murder the other some days. But it's wonderful. It's completely worth every single argument and annoyance."
10. Someone in the world loves you for exactly who you are.
"She loves me even though I'm not the best person - I love her because she is the best person."
11. The rewards are endless.
"Best decision I ever made. As others have said, it's frustrating and a lot of work at times but if you marry the right person it will be well worth the sacrifice. And the rewards will grow exponentially. The longer my wife and I are married, the better it is to married."