But the French make an intriguing point for keeping “life partner” and “best friend” reserved for separate people.
The French believe a wedding is not everything it’s cracked up to be in the US, and it’s thought more to be one of the many steps in a relationship that a couple may or may not take, more so than a happy ending.
Because of this, when a couple does get married, they do not assume the wedding to be their Happily Ever After.
They believe that as long as you tell and show your partner that you’re beautiful, young, thin, etc., this is what they will think of you.
And maybe, most importantly, this is what you will think of you too.
Scrolling through anniversary posts on Instagram (i.e., “Happy two years to my best friend!!! ”) will clue you in to the trend that intertwines romance with best friendship.
I, myself, am a believer in seeking a partner that doubles as a best friend.
But even if our hearts are sold on the fairytale, deep down we know better.
We know marriage takes hard work and patience and 42% of them end in divorce.
We don’t care to know what happen to Ariel and Eric after the wedding because we just assume they are in love forever and everything’s perfect.
Ursula’s dead, Ariel has legs, and they got married on an awesome boat — what else could be wrong!?
They don’t go to the bathroom with the door open and they don’t feel the need to tell their partner everything (of course, this is different than keeping secrets, which is never okay, even in the French person’s modern relationship).