I can hardly believe it. As of Saturday, I will be someone’s wife. That’s just nutty. I cannot wait to marry one of my all time best friends! Ooey, gooey, sappy stuff aside, I’ve been reflecting a lot on what marriage is and means. David and I both firmly believe that while we are a couple and a team, it is vital that we also remain individuals. It’s important to honor and cherish your relationship, of course, but also extremely important that you honor yourself. I really love this section from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet:
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.