Most of our former years are spent preparing. Preschool is meant to assist you as you move toward kindergarten. Kindergarten is prepping you for elementary school. Five years of elementary school gets you ready for middle school. Three years of middle school shapes you for the hardships of high school. Four years of high school molds young minds for the challenges and freedoms of college. Roughly four years of college takes the last drop of your money while simultaneously preparing you for a career. In all, the first twenty-five years of our lives are largely spent planning and preparing for something ultimately bigger and better. I would venture to say that most of us aspire to hold some kind of career in our life. I would also venture to say that most of us were required to undertake some type of training to acquire that job. Then, when we desire another job, we do more training to move on to the next one.
However, there is one job that really requires no preparation at all. In fact, quite a bit of people obtain the position without any training at all. This job is 24/7/365. There are no sick days, vacation days, or even retirement packages. At this job, you have to work really closely with one single person every day. You two are demanded to make decisions about money, decisions about other human being's lives, decisions about religion, and decisions about dying. On some days, you witness your coworker going to the bathroom. At first, it shocks you, but soon it becomes normal. Eventually, one of you will observe as a baby comes protruding out of your colleague's body. The sight of this spectacle will make you want to gag; nonetheless, you will be instructed to comment on how beautiful your partner still looks. Unfortunately, there perhaps will be occasions when one of you becomes really ill. You will be obliged to care for your peer with no extra pay! At even more times, Suzy from Accounting or Bob from HR will seem more appealing. You might be tempted to work with him or her instead, but you can't without dire consequences. Quite shockingly, this job could last you as long as thirty, forty, fifty, or sixty years, so you will witness as your companion undergoes many physical and mental changes. One day, your once faithful associate might not even remember your name. Although this might distress you, you would never leave his or her side, for you would not want to. And if in the end all you are left with is love, you, my friend, have prepared well.
In all, any job with that much stress and demand would require extensive preparation with intense questioning on both sides of the parties. I am just a newlywed, so I do not have much experience. However, I do know that life comes after the wedding and being a wife or husband is far more important than any catering company or DJ service. Therefore, I implore you, no matter what religion your are (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic, Wiccan, Scientologist, Neo-Pagan, or a member of the Church of the SubGenius), to enroll yourself in pre-marriage counseling and tackle those tough questions that one day you will face ( i.e. Which way do you roll the toilet paper?). If you pass, you are rewarded with one of the best promotions of your life-being someone's husband or wife, and that is one of the most coveted jobs out there.