The Miseducation: Can't Tell Me Nuthin'

Posted On Sunday, September 1, 2013

“You gotta see what I've seen, look where I've looked
Touch what I've reached , and take what I've took
You gotta go where I've gone , walk where I've walked
To get where I'm at to speak what I've talked
You gotta lay where I've laid , stay where I've stayed
Play where I've played to make what I've made
You gotta move what I've moved, use what I used
Use tools how I use, use fools how I use” – Beanie Sigel

This is one of my favorite verses from one of Philly’s ILLEST MC’s Beanie Sigel cause in a nutshell he’s telling you that unless you’ve walked in his shoes, you can’t tell him nuthin. And that’s how I feel about single folk giving married folk advice about marriage...ya'll can't tell me nuthin.

This weekend while I was doing my daily blog reading, I came across an article over at Black and Married with Kids that caught my attention. It was called “Why Singles Should Give Married Friends Advice.” It caught my attention because I truly and honestly believe that this is one of the worst mistakes you can make in your marriage. So, after I checked out that article, I came across another article on the same site called “How To Have A Strong Marriage When You Didn’t See One Growing Up” which basically said the exact opposite of the first one! The first piece of advice that this author gave (both articles were written by two different people) was to NOT ask your single friends for advice, which I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with 100%. Why? Because I honestly think asking someone who is single and who has NEVER BEEN MARRIED (I do believe you can get advice from someone who is divorced…basically on what NOT to do) for maritial advice is like somebody asking who has only knows how to ride a bike, advice on how to drive a car. Yeah, we both know how to navigate something to get us around but there is a HUGE difference between riding a bike and driving a car just like it is a HUGE difference between someone who has dated to someone who is married. 

Now I don’t want all the single folk out their sucking their teeth on some ole “I give GREAT advice!” And guess what? I don’t doubt that you do…just do me this justice and keep giving it to your single friends. See, a lot of single folk think that marriage is just like being in a relationship, and yeah, technically it is a relationship but ain’t NOTHING realer then marriage. I always tell folk, it’s like the difference between NCAA basketball vs. NBA basketball. Yeah, you’re playing the same game but in college, you may play 35-50 games a year tops. In the NBA you play 82-110 games a year. Guys are stronger, faster and all around better in the NBA. This is why you have a lot of players who were GREAT in college and then they get to the NBA and they’re just aiight and in a couple of years, find themselves outta the league. And it’s the same with marriage. Ever met a couple who were together for years and then they get married and in 8 months they’re divorced? Leaves you scratching your head right? Well, that’s just another example of how dating someone and being married to someone is totally different. 

Now, I do think single folk can give their married friends advice like “well, what does the bible or God say about marriage?” or “you need to humble yourself and tell your husband/wife that you were wrong and apologize” but I learned a long time ago that you have to be careful who you get advice from period. Whether they're married or not. One time when I was in undergrad at Morgan State and I was going through some problems with my girl who was back in Philly and I asked one of my friends who wasn’t in a relationship and basically was just banging mad chicks, for advice and this dude told me, “f-ck her and just bang other chicks! All these chicks at Morgan and you worried about some chick who’s 100 miles away?!?!? You're buggin!” Now, if I didn’t have any common sense (which I’ve come to realize that a lot of people don’t have) I would’ve listened to my dude, cheated on my girl and we probably would’ve ended up breaking up. But since I did have common sense, I also chopped it up with another one of my friends who was in the same exact situation I was in (a long distance relationship) and he was able to give me some tips of what him and his girl did to work out their problems with the distance which ended up helping me and my girl. The moral? Watch who you get advice from. So again, this isn’t a dis to single folk cause there’s a rack of married folk who give HORRIBLE advice too. So don’t read this and walk away with ALL married folk give great advice cause that’s not the name of this article. I’m simply saying that you need to watch who you let in your marriage and who you choose to get advice from. But no matter what, I’m always gonna stand on the fact that married folk shouldn't go to their single friends for advice because no matter how much great advice they THINK they can give you, they’ve never walked a day in your shoes. And what did Beans tell you?

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