Sarah Jessica Parker's Marriage Insights Are Oddly Reassuring

sjopSarah Jessica Parker seems to have it all -- the work, the kids, the husband, the millions and millions of dollars -- everything. But after reading an interview she gave to the U.K. magazine Stella, it seems that the I Don't Know How She Does It star struggles with the same kind of relationship hurdles that we normal folk do.

It's funny slash not funny at all that sometimes I think everything in my life would be just perfect if I lived in a $20 million brownstone in New York's West Village, that somehow money and walk-in closets with silk-lined drawers would just solve all my petty relationship problems.

But lest my imagination run away with me, SJP knocks me back down to reality. She says:


We've been together for 20 years and you have good days, you have decent days, and you have bad days. That's a marriage. That's a relationship. That's a friendship, even—relationships outside the marriage run the same course. If you're in it for the long haul and you want meaningful relationships you are going to go through lots of different periods.

It doesn't matter if you're stinking rich or dirt poor, fat or thin, famous or not, everyone who's married goes through their ups and downs. Gwyneth Paltrow said sort of the same thing recently in an interview she gave Harper's Bazaar. She exposed that she and husband of eight years Chris Martin fall in and out of love. So candid, so easy to relate to.

Both Sarah Jessica and Gwyneth seem to experience the same marital and relationship ebbs and flows that most of us do. I guess the relationship highs and lows we all have are more a human experience than an individual one. I guess that's the struggle that comes from being a social yet independent creature. (I can't believe I just wrote that, but it's true.)

As long as we hang in there through the bad times and cherish the good, everyone will be happy. If only it were as easy as it sounds, though, right?

What do you think of Sarah Jessica Parker's advice?


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