I used to work in a very busy area of a public place in Las Vegas and I would see a ton of tourists six days a week. I love people watching and since The Man was paying me to do so I got to do it a lot.
There is something I observed that bums me out though. Sometimes, quite often actually, I saw couples fighting. Usually they look drunk or at least a bit tipsy and in my city that is the norm for half the tourists. Anyway, these people are often very upset with each other. The pity is they are on vacation. I wonder how much they spent to spend this quality time together. Money saved, time off work (income lost), energy expended, resources consumed. And I get to thinking there is no going home where one can sleep on the couch. They are going back to a small hotel room. When the vacation is over they go back to their lives and back to work and the vacation that was supposed to be relaxing or at least fun is now a memory of that stressful time and perhaps they feel like they are already ready for another vacation. In a year they will probably not remember what the argument was about.
How do I know? Been there. Done that.
My companion and I had the opportunity to travel to the Middle East and had gotten in some argument about something most likely quite trivial though it must have been a big deal at the time. It was a bummer because my friend and I were at arms with each other despite the fact she had picked this location and I had spent a ton of cash to get us there and here she was asking me if she should just catch the next flight back home.
Years later I find myself seeing couples in what could well be the same situation and wonder if a dozen years later they will even remember what the argument was about.
So I challenge you to do this- Next time something is about to blow up into an argument ask yourself this- Is it really worth it? Is it better to be right or to be happy? Will you remember this in ten years or ten months or even next month?
Enjoy your times together.