1. Could you fall in love with and set up home with someone who has $100,000 (usd) in debt?
Mr Jones says: They would have to be fucking awesome in bed.
Gemma Says: If they expect me to help them pay it back then probably not. If it is going to affect our long term financial stability then I would be hesitant.
2. Is it important for you to be the breadwinner or make more money than your significant other?
Mr Jones says: No but sometimes the power imbalance can cause some issues in the relationship.
Gemma Says: It is normal in our society for men to earn more than women. So If it is important for a woman to earn more than her partner it is going to seriously limit their relationship choices.
3. Are you happy with your chosen career path? What could be better?
I am. At this point in my life I am working at the career of my choice. I moved schools last year to work with the type of students I feel connected to and with a style of education that I feel is practical and works for them. The only thing that I think about changing is if I continue to work or perhaps semi retire. Spending six months travelling last year and living the life of a retired person has made me consider it as a more viable long term option.
4. Would you start a business with your significant other? Why or why not?
No. Not unless you count joint investments. It isn’t that I don’t think it works but I don’t think Mr Jones and I have complimentary skill sets that would work to run a business together. And eventually the stress on not being able to work as a fully effective team would be detrimental to our relationship.
Bonus: Can money buy you love?
No. Money makes life easier and definitely gives you better choices but it isn’t the thing that makes a person either capable of loving or being loveable.