I feel very grateful to say that my husband and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary!

As this time was approaching, I have been really excited to reach this milestone of 50 years of marriage! That’s a long time!

I’ve been reflecting on the past 50 years and the important ingredients of a successful married life. I’d like to share what I’ve found to be the key points in achieving longevity when so many marriages end in divorce.

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So, what does it take to accomplish celebrating 50 years of marriage?

The first thing I realized was how I feel like the time has flown by! When you’re happy with yourself first and then your relationship, time goes by quickly.

I started dating my husband when I was 17 years old and he was 19. Our first date was during July 4th weekend. Then, on Valentine’s Day of the following year, he proposed. We were dating for 7 months. I was just out of high school and he was in college.

It was the 60s and back then, and not one person said we were too young. He had even asked permission from my parents, the traditional protocol back then, which of course I did not know at the time.

Although we had not been dating very long, we did have a longer engagement of 16 months. When we got married, I was 19 and he was 21.

Two idyllic kids talking and dreaming of a future together. We were in college as well as working and we both lived with our parents. We planned our future.

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