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Relationships are complicated, and it takes a lot of energy and work to get past the rough times, as well as maintain the good times. As simple as this seems, when it comes to marriage, some people don’t have this lesson committed to memory. Plenty of young couples get married — only for the marriage to crumble and collapse soon after they walk down the aisle.

In a certain light, you could write off these incidents as “just one of those things,” but realistically, there are people out there who need to learn from their mistakes before they can grow to be a better person and a better partner. Our source article today focuses on this message, as people who get married and then get divorced need to learn from that experience.

In the case of the woman at the center of our source article, she went on to be really happy in her second marriage. But it was her first marriage and the resulting divorce that taught her a lot of life lessons.

We bring this up because even though divorce is viewed as this terrible life event that can ruin a person, there are plenty of people who learn from their divorce and use this life event to improve themselves. As difficult as a divorce can be, learning from that experience and applying the lessons you have learned won’t just help you get over the divorce itself, it will make you more prepared for the life that is in front of you.

Source: Huffington Post, “My First Marriage Was a Disaster — and I’m Thankful for That,” Michelle Zunter, April 15, 2016