While it is wonderful to imagine the ideal marriage, remember that there is no ideal. A plethora of factors play into the future of a marriage including health issues, family concerns, financial health, and the like. If you seek a strong marriage, and not necessarily a perfect marriage, be willing to converse with your partner about the good, bad, and ugly of the relationship. Bringing a mental health provider into the conversation is always a good approach as well. Picture facets of a strong marriage instead of being locked into an ideal of an unattainable perfect marriage.