This article was really good, in the sense that it brought a heavy does of realism to a subject that is rife with fantasy, that of love and romance. Also the writing was smooth and engaging to read.
Real relationships are messy, challenging, rewarding and fulfilling and everything in between, yet our culture consistently bombards us with images of perfect love and romance, which can create a lot of confusion about what a healthy relationship is. How many times have you seen articles or heard people talk about “not settling.” Divorce rates have skyrocketed, many people have grown disillusioned with online dating, more Americans are single than ever before.
I think it is useful to bring more realistic narratives into the cultural mix about what relationships are really like. The more grounded expectations people have about relationship, the less room for disappointment when things don’t go Hollywood-style.