I am only starting to realize how truly lucky I am to have a great marriage. I was lucky to find someone so compatible.
I also think it's significant that we found each other when we were young so we are always seared in each other's mind and affections like so many other experiences in youth that take on outsize significance simply because they happened at a critical time. And, I realize that that doesn't make the prospect of finding love later in life sound any easier.
I always shake my head, though, when people talk about relationships being a lot of work? If it's that much work, then maybe you aren't in the right relationship? Or you desperately need to either fix it or move on. We did have a point where we went to counseling for a short period of time, mostly about parenting differences, but we did the work and cleared the difficulty. Our marriage is not hard work; it's a joy!
Personally, parenting has been a much more difficult and fraught endeavor. That has been a lot of work!