05/04/2012 04:50 pm ET Updated May 07, 2012

I Will Not Get Married Just To Please My Family

Adaya Adler stayed in a loveless relationship far too long for fear of turning 30 as a single woman. But when she stopped trying to live up to her family's expectations, she finally started living for herself and found love...on her own terms.

My family doesn't "believe" in divorce. Grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, and even my brother married and stayed with the same person their whole lives. They are also some of the most miserable people I know. For their 38th wedding anniversary, my parents and I went to dinner. For most of the meal we ate in silence. To try to start a topic of conversation, I said, "Most of your friends and neighbors have gotten divorced but you two stay together. How do you do it?"

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