There are plenty of blog posts out there about why marriage is awesome. That said, I haven't seen any of those posts talk about some of the unique stuff that I love like shaving cream fights and Taco Bell. So here are my weirdly favorite marriage things:
1. Every night is a sleepover
When I was growing up, my guy friends and I had sleepovers all the time--except we didn't call them "sleepovers" we just called it, "spending the night." Some of my favorite childhood memories like talking about girls, playing James Bond on Nintendo 64, listening to Radiohead on repeat, sneaking out to take walks around the neighborhood, convincing our friend Christian to do stupid stuff, etc. all happened at "spend the nights." Granted, none of those things have happened yet in marriage, but it's still pretty cool to have my best friend over every night.
2. Growing up can suck sometimes and it's nice to have company
Sometimes being an adult sucks. I'm one of those people who has a hard time leaving work at work but lucky for me, Brittany is excellent at making me forget about it. The truth is that we all get old and it's not always the most enjoyable thing, but having an awesome spouse has made the past year of becoming an adult much more bearable.
3. You have a permanent travel companion
My wife and I both love traveling and having someone to go places with is just the most fun thing ever. If you didn't already gather this, I'm one of those people who loves to share and traveling alone is relaxing, but incredibly lonely because there's no one to share it with.
4. The person you like the most is now invited to everything you do
I don't know who sent it out or when they did, but there's this weird thing with married couples that you have to invite both of them to everything. Unless an event is specified as a "guys only" thing, then it's basically assumed that my wife is coming with me. Gone are the days of awkwardly asking if my girlfriend could attend social functions. Now the wedding invites come with a built in +1 and I couldn't be happier about it.
5. I now have someone around to mess with--all the time
A couple days ago I started a shaving cream fight with my wife when she walked in the bathroom. I want no part of a marriage that doesn't involve the occasional childish prank.
6. Life decisions can be made with the confidence that you're not going it alone
Recently we bought a car for me and I about had a nervous breakdown. I'm not a car person and I'd only ever had one car (my amazing red Jeep), so the process was more than a little intimidating. That said, I did my research, waded through all the choices and we eventually made a decision. It can be hard having a partner in everything because it's not as easy as just making up your mind. You have to have open dialogue about the decision, talk about the options, weigh the costs, etc. But in the end you get to make those big decisions with the confidence that someone else is going to stick it out with you and that's pretty cool.
7. Having a Taco Bell partner
You know that feeling when you've had a long day, know you should make a salad, but just really want a Pepsi and some Taco Bell? Ok, you may not like Taco Bell (crazy) so feel free to replace "Taco Bell" with "McDonald's, Burger King" or whatever other great tasting poor health choice you occasionally make. Sometimes Britt and I just look at each other and we both get that Taco Bell look and it's awesome. Marriage is full of accountability, but in my limited experience, the occasional Taco Bell really keeps the magic alive.