Yeah, eventually R is just marriage with a sticky note on it.
WAL recently said something that stuck with me:
"I had a great marriage" is the consolation prize for those who can't say "I lived an awesome life". Maybe you score it differently. That's okay if you do.
and that marriage shouldn't be hard work unless he's getting a check, with caveats about not being a selfish turd monger.
I would disagree about the work part, but that's because I don't consider marriage to be some kind of third entity or plot of spiritual real estate. If there is any real estate there than marriage is just the legal documentation about how the inhabitants will behave on the property.
Marriage comes down to two people and their life together. The quality of character of either will influence the life of the other. I think that gets tangled up with cause and effect, and it's easier to say The Marriage because responsibility is shared out like diaper duty, but the fact is that we can't share out personal responsibilities.
So you can work hard on yourself, hell both spouses can, but if you don't take a break with each other now and then you'll just be exhausted. Adventure and excitement are part and parcel of a Jedi lifestyle, fuck Yoda. You want to be a Jedi you need to go out and dick with the force, make that rock float. Waiting for it just leaves you pissed off staring at a rock. Being married means having a romantic companion who will tell you to just pick the goddamn rock up already so you can go make out in an abandoned furniture store while there is still time on the babysitter's clock at home.
That was supposed to go somewhere.