This is a classic send up of Donald Trump! And Donald hates it!
This is a classic send up of Donald Trump! And Donald hates it!
It has been often said “that marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?” Nor is this blog going to give advice on marriage, but I was recently interested to read that Twitter users have shared their tips for a happy marriage with the hashtag #BeforeGettingMarried, which rocketed to the top of the social media site’s trending list on Tuesday.
Thousands of suggestions – both humorous and wise – poured in, covering all elements of marriage, from money, to religion, and the dreaded in-laws.
Some users joked the jarringly honest responses, many of which simply said “don’t do it!”, were enough to scare them off marriage for life.“Don’t try to change them”, “don’t rush into it”, and “enjoy being single first” were common refrains, while some offered tongue-in-cheek suggestions like “sober up”.
It’s unsurprising the hashtag took off the way it did – in an era where divorce rates in some countries hover around 50 per cent and marriage is the topic of several reality television shows, people are desperate for guidance.
In it, de Botton reasoned there was no “right” person for anyone, but rather, suggested seeking out a “not overly wrong” person.
“The good news is that it doesn’t matter if we find we have married the wrong person,” de Botton wrote.
“We mustn’t abandon him or her, only the founding Romantic idea upon which the Western understanding of marriage has been based the last 250 years: that a perfect being exists who can meet all our needs and satisfy our every yearning.
“We need to swap the Romantic view for a tragic (and at points comedic) awareness that every human will frustrate, anger, annoy, madden and disappoint us – and we will (without any malice) do the same to them.”
Many of the tips shared under #BeforeGettingMarried echo de Botton’s sentiments and provide practical advice for making a marriage work despite the many challenges married couples will inevitably encounter.
Here are the responses, broken down across the five most common topics discussed.
By far the most tweeted-about topic was marital finances. Should you combine bank accounts? Keep things separate? Start a secret savings account for when things inevitably turn sour?
While the jury was out on the best approach, there was agreement marriage is not a financial plan and both parties should be financially independent before saying ‘I do’.
Of course, everyone advised actually meeting your spouse’s parents before saying ‘I do’.
Others went further and suggested setting up a solid plan for whose family you’ll spend the holidays with to ensure no Christmas crises in the future.
Whether religiously, politically, ideologically, or even just culinary, most people urged those thinking of taking the plunge to first see if there were any major discrepancies between what they value and what their partner values.
Others urged the unwed to make the most of their freedom while they have it and to use their alone time to develop as a person.
Travel was up there as a necessary solo experience, as was being financially independent, having fun, spending time with friends and family and dating around before settling down.
The living situation
Nearly everyone agreed one of the best ways to test your compatibility with someone else was to live together.
If that’s not an option, many suggested travelling together to get a taste of some serious one-on-one time.
When I was in the Australian Army, one of the senior Warrant Officers cited, “It’s better to have loved and lost, than to ever have loved and married!”
Source: The New Daily 11/01/2017
Ask anyone who’s lived overseas and they can confirm Australians have a reputation for being loud and relaxed – as compared to Americans being loud and rude – despite living in a fairly scary environment. But life in Australia isn’t anything like Home and Away‘s Summer Bay or Neighbours’ Ramsay St, probably our two most famous cultural exports. Here is a breakdown of 11 common stereotypes about the way Australians live.
1. Everyone lives by the beach
It is true that around 80 per cent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast line. But beachfront real estate is very expensive so tourists might be disappointed to find out we’re not all tanned, blond-haired surfers.
2. It’s hotter than hell
OK, we do get snow sometimes but, yes, it is disgustingly hot here. Most primary school kids try to convince their teachers there’s a rule that if it is over 40 degrees you can go home, though I’ve never heard of this being successful. It gets hot enough to brand yourself with a seat-belt and every year people try and cook eggs on the cement.
3. Australian are all rowdy
It probably doesn’t help our international reputation when Australians keep getting arrested overseas for doing “shoeys” and stripping down to their speedos – also referred to as budgie-smugglers. In the last year alone, the number of Australians arrested overseas increased by 23 per cent and the number of Aussie larrikins hospitalised increased by 15 per cent. Maybe part of the reason Australians party so hard when they go overseas is because nights out are expensive here and we have lockouts in New South Wales and Queensland, so travellers take too much advantage of freedom overseas. No, that’s bullshit, Australians just love a good time wherever they are – especially in Bali! Another reason people think we’re a nation of hard party goers is we sell wine in enormous plastic bags, known as goon sacks.
4. All Australians have pet kangaroos
We ride them to school. They are also found in the main street of large towns, including Sydney. We also have dingoes as guard dogs and wombats as house pets. Not koalas though; those things may look cute but they won’t hesitate to rip you to shreds. Then there are the vicious native drop bears!
5. We’re surrounded by dangerous animals
I was going to say this isn’t true but there were two venomous spiders in my house this week. It’s not only enormous spiders that seem like they’re trying to kill us, there are sharks, stingrays, crocodiles, insects, snakes, wasps, octopi and even killer birds, always waiting for unsuspecting victims.
6. We’re always eating brunch
Guilty – and if you agree with The Australian’s columnist Bernard Salt, our obsession with smashed avo is preventing us from buying houses. Sorry Bernard, but there are many other reasons why first-home buyers find it hard to break into the housing market and it’s unfair to lay the blame on the humble avocado.
7. We always cook meat outside
We love doing a BBQ, but no Australian has ever said “put a shrimp on the barbie”. They’re prawns, mate.
8. We don’t wear shirts or shoes often enough
On any given day there is an Australian in a public place like an airport or shopping centre, wandering around barefoot without a care in the world. We don’t even get dressed properly when we vote.
Shorts, singlets and pluggers, mate! That’s the go.
Australians voting at Bondi. Photo: Edwina Pickles.
9. We don’t heat our houses properly
Or any other buildings really. Australians would prefer to put on an extra three layers and whinge about the cold than turn the heater on. Architects seem to forget that it does actually get cold here for three months of the year when they design huge, improperly insulated houses.
10. We abbreviate too many words
Once you start shortening all words, it’s totes difficult to stop. Arvo, brekkie, avo (smashed or not), Maccas, barbie, sanga, bickie, chuck a sickie, rego, bowlo, are all words that may not make sense outside the Great Southern Land.
11. We constantly change prime ministers
We do, it’s very exciting for political tragics but can also be confusing, and frustrating that we keep having unelected leaders. Unfortunately, we all too often give them a second try at it too! Traditionally, hospitals ask a patient who the current prime minister is after they’ve come to, but in Australia that test doesn’t help to prove there’s anything wrong with you – it’s too hard a question. We haven’t had a leadership spill for a year now so we may be due for another one…
Source: Madeleine Wedesweiler,
The man replied, “I’m on my way to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as smoking and staying out late…..I’m just steeling myself for it”
” Oh really” stated the officer derisively, “and who’s giving that lecture at this time of night?”
“That would be my wife”, the man replied.
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