I have welcomed Eric's recent marriage to Patricia with an open heart. At the same time, Eric has been understanding of my need to live a long distance away and find other partners, despite ongoing arguments.
I believe in monogamy, but based on my own personal experience, I am not convinced that all of us are meant to find one mate to last our entire lifetime, although I have great admiration for people who do successfully mate for life.
Relationships and all their pitfalls are still the most important and life-changing circumstances that define our life. When it is all said and done, it is the only really meaningful markers we have to remember our lives.