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“Relationships are hard” is a myth spread by pickmes who find validation in struggle love.
Relationships are hard, in that they are not effortless. But anything we do in life, that is worthwhile, is hard.
Going to school and getting a solid education is hard. Getting a good job and keeping your skills up to date is hard. Maintaining your health is hard, especially under stress. Going to the gym and eating healthy is hard, especially since you have to do it every single day.
It’s all about your attitude. You can say things are hard and lay in bed all day, until you develop bed sores. Or you can get off your ass and try to make effort towards something in life, because anything that is worth doing is “hard”, as in it requires having awareness, making choices and putting in effort.
In my opinion, relationships are easier than work, education and health/fitness. If you find someone you’re compatible with, who has values, similar goals, who respects you and loves you— it makes life easier, not harder. You now have a solid emergency contact, someone who would not only pick up if the hospital calls, but sit next to you in the ICU. Life also gets cheaper— no need to have separate housing, cars, separate everything. You also have a companion, in a world where genuine friendship is becoming increasingly difficult to find. Society also still favors couples over singles, and you get social benefits from partnership.
Even when you’re facing a health issue, financial difficulty or crisis of some sort— if you are partnered well, being in a relationship is supposed to make difficult days easier, not harder.
People say “relationships are hard” because they are in shitty relationships, and they are too in denial to see that for what it is.
Pickmes love to glorify struggle relationships, it makes them think their love is deeper for it. It makes them feel better about their choices. And that would be fine, if they believed their own relationship was hard, and had some awareness and objectivity, but they try to drive down other women’s expectations and standards with this.
The craziest part is they don’t really believe their own bullshit. They just say that to distract themselves, to feel better about their choices.
For example, if I think going to medical school is too hard, I’m not going to apply to medical school because I know that it’s too hard. Or if I think running a marathon is too hard, I’m not going to run a marathon. I’m just not going to waste my time with things that are too difficult. Why bother getting married or getting into relationships, if you think they are too hard?
They think there is some consolation prize, that they will one day be rewarded for all of their “sacrifice”.
“Relationships are hard” can be translated into “I don’t love myself enough to be in a relationship worth having.”