Perspective on something

posted 3 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@realtreegal:  It’s really hard to read a post about a bee who is being abused, or cheated on, or who just isn’t in love with her SO anymore, and NOT want to tell her to walk away. Yes, we all want to believe that marriage is forever, but the fact is that sometimes, things just don’t work out.

Post # 4
8498 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

If they are married, usually I wouldn’t jump to telling them to walk away unless it was a situation involving abuse, routine infidelity, or addiction.  And if it involves abuse or someone who has cheated repeatedly, I do think the OP should leave. 

If you’re only dating then I will generally recommend ending the relationship versus trying to make it work in situations where there are very serious issues. This is because marriage will not fix problems in the relationship nor change the man/woman into someone else.  If you can’t fix it within a certain amount of time while dating (which most posters have already tried), there really isn’t much hope that I see.

Most of the time, I see people who drag out unhappy and miserable relationships where everyone (from the outside) can tell that it will never work. They do this because they would rather be in an unhappy relationship than alone or because they’ve invested time and are afraid of starting over. 

In the real world…marriage is not forever.  There is no reason to spend your life miserable because you don’t want a divorce.

Post # 6
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@realtreegal:  I think the problem is a lot of times when people post something to vent they only focus on the negative.  The bees who read it respond to the side of the story they’re hearing without thinking about the fact that all the information is not there.  Just because someone says something hurtful in a fight or something like that, doesn’t mean they are a terrible person and they should get divorced.  I think bees who post need to realize that other people don’t know their SO and if they only say negative things, that’s what people will respond to.  And bees that are responding to these threads need to realize they don’t have all the information.  


@PermaStudent:  I agree if someone is being abused or something like that they should be advised to walk away.  But, I have seen bees tell others to leave the relationsihp over much, much less.  

Post # 7
1793 posts
Buzzing bee

I think many can call upon failed relationships and failed marriages here on the Bee and when we see red flags, we speak up.

I seriously think the girl with the pre-nup issues needs to dump her guy, but that is her decision.  I don’t think anyone gave her bad info.

I was married to a serial cheater with a very volatile temper.  If I see someone posting about those issues, I will cut to the chase with her.

If you look on the emotional board and all the broken engagements, it isn’t hard to see that every engagement isn’t destined to result in marriage.  If you post about red flags, hopefully someone will have the backbone to share their experiences or to help you get your head out of your backside when you keep posting to defend something HUGE that your FI did to you, “but, really, he is a sweet, generous person”.  Not always, and sometimes bees need to hear that from uninvolved people.

It would be a tragedy to not say anything when there are huge (and I mean the big stuff) red flags in a post and you can share experiences about that that would result in breaking up.

Yeah, there are many small vents that are just that, vents.  But there are plenty of posts on here that talk about really huge issues that should be dealt with before moving forward.

Post # 8
1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@realtreegal:  I have noticed this too.  I think we should focus on support over demanding a reaction.  

Post # 9
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@realtreegal:  Ah well, it’s not that I take marriage lightly (and I have rarely, if ever, told a bee to walk away from a relationship unless she was in a really bad place), but I’m also of the camp that would say I’d rather be happily divorced than miserable and married. To each his/her own.

Post # 10
2869 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@realtreegal:  No marriage is not for life. If it was there would not be something called divorce. Can you CHOOSE to be married for life? Sure. But it’s not like herpes- once it’s yours theres no ending it type of situation it most def is not. You can choose to divorce for any reason under the sun you feel like. I don’t think I have ever suggested divorce, ever. But if you are only dating or only engaged and your life sucks because your relationship is so toxic then yep, I will suggest breaking it off. Life is too short to be unhappy. BOTH people have to want it to work and if your partner will not or can not change their behavior what are you supposed to do? Be miserable forever because you don’t want to be seen as ” giving up”? 


Post # 11
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@realtreegal:  I agree that we should support the OP. However, being engaged and being married are two very different things. If they are miserable and are engaged, no one HAS to stay. If the OP is questioning whether to stay or go, why not say go? Why stick in a non-binding relationship to someone they painted as a jerk?

My mother has told me time and again, since I was a young kid, that I don’t owe any man ANYTHING until I walk down that aisle and say I do. To put false committments on engaged couples is not right. Their intention is to get married but it’s ok that some don’t make it to the altar. It’s just fine in fact.

For married Bees, it is hard as an outsider to be supportive when the OP make themselves seems so downtrodden. I do believe people should make happy lives for themselves. We do that everyday by the choices we make. If, after some hardwork and due consideration, the marriage cannot be fixed (I’m over simplifying this process), stop bailing out the water and find a life raft before you sink with the darn ship.

As a disclaimer, I come from the product of a happy marriage. However, I would hope that if I was ever so, so miserable in a marriage that I would be able to take steps to make it better. If I couldn’t make it better, I really hope I’d be able to seek a divorce. I’m not interested in a lifetime of suffering if my partner and I cannot make it work. Period. End of story.

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