The Hard Truth About Relationships

Serena Cornwall
3 min readJun 16, 2024

Relationships are hard. Breakups and divorces are more common now than ever before.

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“My sister is celebrating her 50th anniversary today,” a woman proudly announced the moment she saw me. Then she continued, “And both her children are divorced.” I congratulated her but could see shame on her face, not regarding her sister. But the divorces her niece and nephew had gone through.

This reminded me of a discussion I once had with a doctor’s assistant about relationships. He recently got married and had a blissfulness about him. Upon discovering that I had been in a relationship for over a decade, he had some questions.

I was surprised initially. But as I thought about it, there were important points I wanted him to remember from our talk.

One thing that I made clear for him was:

Relationships are hard!

It doesn’t matter what kind of relationship it is — whether with a friend, sibling, or parent — any deeper relationship is hard to maintain. If neglected, it will likely fade away.

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