Surabhi Surendra

その日のことは、鮮明に覚えている。私はゴールドの刺繍が鮮やかな赤のドレスに身を包んでいた。メイクは決して完璧ではなかったけれど、いつもより美しく見えた。幸せを感じていたから、きっとそう見えたのだろう。
その日は私の結婚式だった。でも、それはあなたが想像するような典型的なものとはかなりかけ離れているだろう。私は彼のプロポースに対して、顔も知らないまま「イエス」と答えた。結婚は親同士の紹介によるお見合い結婚だった。
お見合い結婚などうまくいかない、心から幸せになることなんてできないと考える人は少なくない。それでも、実際に私たちは結婚7年目を迎えた。そして、信じられないくらい幸せを感じている。

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  1. shinichi says:

    お見合い結婚をして7年。「真実の愛」について私が学んだ7つのこと

    by 星野真美

    https://tabi-labo.com/276345/marriage-taught-me-about-love

    お見合いによる結婚から7年の月日が過ぎたという、ライターSurabhi Surendra氏。「あまりポジティブなイメージはないかもしれないけれど、信じられないほど幸せ」と語る彼女が、愛についての大切なことをまとめています。

    その日のことは、鮮明に覚えている。

    私はゴールドの刺繍が鮮やかな赤のドレスに身を包んでいた。メイクは決して完璧ではなかったけれど、いつもより美しく見えた。幸せを感じていたから、きっとそう見えたのだろう。

    その日は私の結婚式だった。でも、それはあなたが想像するような典型的なものとはかなりかけ離れているだろう。

    私は彼のプロポースに対して、顔も知らないまま「イエス」と答えた。

    結婚は親同士の紹介によるお見合い結婚だった。電話でやり取りをはじめた私たち。最初はそんなに好きじゃなかったけれど、だんだん惹かれていき、2ヶ月の交際を経て一緒になることを誓った。

    お見合い結婚などうまくいかない、心から幸せになることなんてできないと考える人は少なくない。それでも、実際に私たちは結婚7年目を迎えた。そして、信じられないくらい幸せを感じている。

    夫と一緒に過ごした7年間で、人生と愛にまつわる多くのことを学んだ。これらのことは夫婦が長く良好な関係を保つために知っておくべきことだと思う。

    01. 記念日デートなんかより、日々の生活こそが大切

    女性は記念日や誕生日のデートに執着する生き物だとされている。私も以前はそうだった。

    でも、旦那はプレセントを贈るようなタイプではない。彼はとても表現豊かだが、何かをプレセントをすることは苦手なのである。

    それに加えて、記念日のデートも好きじゃない。特別な日など存在せず、毎日に同じだけの価値があると考える。日々をどう過ごすかということが、彼にとってもっとも大事なこと。

    次第に、私も彼の考えに影響を受け、同感するようになった。数字にこだわっただけの特別なデートなんて忘れよう。その瞬間こそがもっとも大事なのだから。後々振り返ると、特別なデートよりも、一緒に共有してきた日々の生活の思い出を覚えているもの。

    02. 愛だけではうまくいかない

    映画や小説の影響で、私たちは結婚とは情熱的なものだと信じている。愛情だけで結婚がうまくいくなら素晴らしいことだが、実際は情熱的な愛だけでは足りない。幸せな結婚生活を送るには多大な努力が必要なのだ。このことは、「誓います」と答えた瞬間から意識する必要がある。

    03. 真実の愛は、成長の中にある

    一日中彼のことを考え、一時間おきに電話して何をしているかをチェックするのは、愛などではない。それはただの病気である。

    真実の愛は個人の成長の中にある。相手のポテンシャルを最大限引き出してあげること。彼を今までで一番良い自分にさせてあげること。

    覚えておいてほしいのは、あなたが成長できないと感じるのであれば、それは愛ではないということだ。

    04. 対等などない

    結婚においては、正しい両者の比率など存在しない。割合は日々様々である。
    ある日はあなたのほうが彼より貢献し、ある日は彼のほうが貢献したりする。またあるときは、あなたの0の貢献度に対して、相手が100をもたらす日だってあるかもしれない。

    日々の数字よりも、相手の意識に注意を向けること。彼には家のことを手伝いたいという意志がある?彼女はサッカー観戦についていってあげたいと思っている?相手の気持ちに対して、ふさわしいポイントを与えてあげること。

    05. 嫌なことより、ポジティブなことに注目

    自分の感情の奴隷になってはいけない。考えを上手くコントロールし、自分の不幸を他人のせいにしてはいけない。あなたの人生は、あなたのみが所有しているものなのだから。

    嫌な出来事より幸せな出来事の数をカウントするよう意識すると、結婚生活に劇的な変化が起きた。思考を変えるようにしたその日から、人生が信じられないくらい改善されたのだ。

    06. 健康状態がふたりの関係に大きく影響する

    人生における問題のほとんどは、不健康なことが原因だったりする。が、それでもなお私たちはそのことを軽視している。特に女性は男性よりも広い範囲で気をつけなければいけない。

    私は過去に、ダイエットをしたことがあった。しかし、結果は出ず、精神的にかなり消耗した。私はイライラするようになって、そのことで夫との関係も悪くしてしまった。

    不健康な状態は自分の機嫌に反映される。そしてそれは、周りの人への振る舞い方にも影響する。ほんの些細なことで機嫌を損ねたり絶えず文句を言ったりしていたら、それは自分の健康状態をチェックする必要があるというサイン。

    07. 常に感謝の気持ちを忘れない

    このことは、あらゆる面で役に立つ。何かを当たり前に思う気持ちが生まれなくなり、人生に深みと明るさをもたらすのだ。

  2. shinichi says:

    What 7 Years In An Arranged Marriage Taught Me About True Love

    by Surabhi Surendra

    https://www.yourtango.com/2016290389/what-seven-years-arranged-marriage-taught-me-about-love

    Marriage does not thrive solely on emotional love.

    The day is still fresh in my memory. I was draped in a bright red crepe saree with golden embroidery. My makeup wasn’t perfect. But I looked good. I was happy, and that made me look beautiful.

    It was my wedding day. But, my wedding day was probably much different than what you’d typically expect. You see, I said “yes” to him without ever seeing his face. (This is how besotted I was with him — his simplicity, honesty and integrity.)

    Ours was an arranged marriage where my parents introduced me to him and exchanged our numbers. We talked on the phone for a few days. And what started off as dislike and attitude soon melted away into love.

    During our two-month courtship period, we vowed to be with each other. When it came time to complete the formalities of a legal marriage, we decided to have a simple, traditional wedding.

    I know many people think an arranged marriage can never work and we can never be truly happy. Well, yesterday, we completed seven years of marriage. And I am incredibly happy.

    In the Bible, the number seven denotes completeness. My arranged marriage with my husband for seven years has taught me several wise lessons on life, love and everything in between. These are the crucial (and heart-warming) lessons every married couple should remember if they want a relationship that lasts:

    1. Marriage is a decision.
    Movies and romantic novels make us believe that marriage is an emotional state, like love. From a young age, we tend to romanticize the idea of marriage, and believe that marriage and love are complimentary; they can’t exist without each other.

    While it’s great if your marriage is ripe with loving emotions, successful marriages do not thrive solely on emotional love. A happy marriage requires hard work. It needs attention and constant grooming. It requires much more than just romance, dinner dates and breakfast in bed. It is a conscious decision right from the moment you say, “I do.”

    It is the commitment within the words “I do” (that means: “I choose you to be my life partner”) that is the heart and foundation of a solid marriage. A happy marriage is the end result of consistently making good on that commitment every day.

    2. True love lies in growth.
    Thinking about a person for the whole day and calling up every hour to check on him is not love; it is a disorder. True love lies in personal growth — in letting your partner achieve his best potential. Let him become the best version of himself.

    Remember: if it doesn’t let you grow, it isn’t love. It is control, insecurity and over-possessiveness, and it is far from genuine love.

    3. Life isn’t all about 50/50.

    And it is also not about 100/100. There is no set formula to weigh in each partner’s contribution to a marriage. The ratio varies every single day.

    Some days you contribute more and some days he does. There may be days when one of you brings zero to the table and the other brings the entire 100. Do not get lost in keeping score. Life’s matters are subjective. They cannot be objectified in numbers and units.

    I didn’t know my husband’s household habits before marriage. When I moved in with him and saw his wet towels on the bed, his slippers under the couch and his refusal to lift a finger, I was not only shocked but hugely disappointed. I had quit my job to move in with him, and that made me even more distraught.

    With time, I learned to mark his presence with his gestures and intentions. I understood that he is simply a lazy bum who doesn’t like moving around, but he genuinely loves me and that is more important. He is never late to help whenever he sees me getting exhausted, but if I ask him to do it on his own, he won’t listen.

    More than the numbers, focus on the intent. Does he intend to help you around the house? Does she want to accompany you to the soccer game but really can’t? Give your spouse the points they deserve.

    4. True contentment comes from within.

    Every state of being comes from within — stress, anxiety, jealousy, happiness, contentment and peace. Your brain (and thus, its thoughts) play the most important character in your life. It decides how you respond to a situation, and your response decides what you experience in return.

    Don’t be a slave to your thoughts. Bring them under your control. Do not blame anybody else for your own misery. You are the only master of your life. The sooner you accept it, the better it is (for you and your marriage).

    I noticed a drastic change in my marriage after I deliberately made attempts to count the blessings more and ignore the petty negatives. The day I changed my pattern of thinking, my marriage got infinitely better.

    5. Bad health is a Pandora’s box.
    Most of the problems in life originate from bad health, and yet we ignore it. Women especially have to deal with it to a greater extent than men. Particularly after childbirth, our bodies are no longer the same.

    Weight gain is the most common problem and that leads to several other health issues: High BP, diabetes, anxiety, depression. These are all side effects of not taking good care of your health.

    There was a time when I tried hard to lose weight and gave in to fad diets. I remained hungry for hours at a stretch, and while I didn’t lose an ounce, I did lose mental peace. I became irritated and cranky, and that only made matters worse in my relationship.

    Bad health reflects in our mood, and that affects how we behave with people around us. Losing your temper on every little thing and constantly nagging on errands is a sign that you need to check your health records.

    6. Quitting is not a (good) option.
    Those who understand the tradition of arranged marriage know that it involves two families and there is social pressure for the couple to stay married. This is not to say that arranged marriage encourages remaining in abusive marriages, but yes, it does encourage staying married otherwise and finding a way to work things out.

    We are taught from the beginning that divorce is not a good option, and this makes us give our best to our marriage. I am in no way bound to stay married if I am truly unhappy, but I do not have the freedom to simply leave the moment I please. I must have a valid, concrete reasons to step out. I can’t just pack my bags on a whim.

    Marriage is challenging. It would be so easy to walk away from 100 marriages the moment something upsets us or doesn’t feel good. But since I do not have this option, I need to look for a substantially major reason to leave my husband — and in the last seven years, I haven’t found any.

    7. Gratitude helps a TON.
    Being grateful in life helps in more ways than I can count. Gratitude helps us in staying real. Practicing gratitude everyday helps us avoid taking anything for granted. It reminds us that life is volitional, and being thankful only adds depth and brightness to it.

    8. Little things matter the most.

    When I gave up the opportunity to live and work in a developed country, I wasn’t a tiny bit regretful. I knew the small, little things I was gaining for this lovely choice I made would bring me more happiness. And with time that has proved true.

    The on-site opportunity with a hefty pay package did seem like a big thing at first, but then I looked at my 6-month-old daughter and my happy marriage, and I knew that “big job” I passed up wasn’t that important in life.

    9. Dates aren’t important — moments are.
    Women are known to be fixated on dates (anniversaries, birthdays); I used to be, too. Last night, a dear friend asked, “So what did he gift you for your anniversary?” and I replied, “Nothing.” My husband does not believe in gifts. He is quite expressive otherwise, but gifts? Nah! That isn’t something he can deal with.

    To add to it, he doesn’t believe in symbolic dates, either. To him, all days are the same, of the same value. How we spend them is what matters to him the most.

    With time, his effect has rubbed on to me too, for the better. Forget the big date — it is just a number. Moments are more significant. Later in life, we do not cherish the numeric date of a celebration, we remember the memories created in the life we shared.

    10. Knowing his love language definitely helps.
    If I have to pick one external item that has helped me building a better marriage, I would say it is the book Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Ever since I have learned my partner’s love language, my life has simplified on its own. Not only do I get few complaints from him, but I am now able to understand things from his perspective.

    You see, didn’t I just say, “Gifts aren’t his language?” Fortunately, they aren’t mine either.

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