Relationships need both a little metaphorical sunshine and rain to grow. The stick-figure* couple is currently in the valley. The inevitable ups and downs ahead will certainly be an adventure. They're connected, bonded in mutual purpose, continuing to lead each other along the way.
Sounds a little hokey, sure, but I like it. Awareness of our imperfections and sharing our honest selves, even in the hard seasons, keeps us honest and humble. Vulnerability and kindly-delivered truth are the bedrock of the relationship my partner and I work to maintain. It's a constant maintenance too. Like a garden, if you ignore it for a week, you come back to find it all fragile and droopy.
* I've never been great at drawing people, so I stick with stick figures. Maybe one day I'll focus on portraiture, but that's not today.