When a love story begins, it’s all sunshine and rainbows and unicorns with fluttering butterfly wings. After years of searching you’ve finally found your soul mate. You date a couple of times, there’s a sudden “spark”, and then you fall in love. But it takes weeks, months or even years to develop a meaningful relationship, based on love, acceptance, and most importantly: trust. And then one day that trust is ruined. You find out your spouse is having an affair. The person you trust the most is cheating on you behind your back. They call it a life shattering moment, maybe because it’s the moment you realize your spouse has just shat all over your life.
In a way, finding out you’re a victim of infidelity is like finding out Trump won the presidency: the odds for it happening are more than reasonable, yet you’re amazed to find out that it actually happened. People who found out their spouse had an affair usually go through the five stages of grief – Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. It’s not surprising, because in a way, adultery often means that the relationship has ended, though many couples may seek to try and rebuild their marriage after an affair.
Personally, I don’t understand how could anyone who has a job find the time to have an affair. Especially married people with kids. Between my job and my kids, I can barely find the time to manage one relationship, let alone two. If there’s one that I gotta hand to adulterers, it’s that they have excellent time management skills, because affairs are so time consuming. They require so much handling – there’s so much logistics, and coordinating, and lies. Maybe that’s why so many managers and politicians have affairs – they’re not hornier than the rest of us, they’re just very good at time management and bullshitting people.
You may wish to go behind my back and check out some more cartoons about having an affair. Here’s a comic about the risks of cheating (NSFW), and here’s infidelity as presented on a Woody Allen movie. And to finish on an optimistic note, here’s a cartoon about how love eventually triumphs.