I found the following comment elsejournal from godai to be terribly amusing. Posted with permission:
Now of course this is my view. But no one is really able to stand up to a marriage on their own. They aren't supposed to either. A marriage is for two people to stand up together. Its a deeper level switch relationship if you will. Where at times one supports the other, at other times vice versa. Its someone who you can help with their failings as they can help you. Its someone who amplifies your strengths as you amplify theirs.