I’ve learned over the years that no matter who wins in politics, it is not the real topic for me because political topics are too emotionally heated. A growing and loving relationship is one in which each person learns to understand the position of the other when it comes to disagreements. We will not always agree. Sometimes we have to learn how to get along by agreeing to disagree in a peaceful and respectful manner in marriage. Whenever I think about marriage, I inevitably think about love and commitment. Love represents the highest of human achievements and goals. A good marriage comes in all shapes, contours, and varieties. I hope for companionship. I have often thought of marriage as a foundation. It is like building upward together and enjoying each other’s company. Saving and planning together, raising a family, growing old together. When people hurt, instead of lashing out in anger at the one who has hurt them emotionally, they will yell at someone else over an unrelated issue. Marriage is like a cage; it is like a bird inside, desperate to get out. True love seeks the happiness of the others. Self-love seeks the happiness of the self. I’m looking for the kind of love that lasts forever. Love must be lived out, it must be shown. However, no two people demonstrate affection in precisely the same fashion. An “open” marriage, a relationship in which both are free to explore their sexuality with others at anytime. I want to be clear before I make a significant commitment of love.