To me this is the epitome of a committed relationship. It is all about being there to support each other in going after your dreams. Some of these will be joint, but many will also be individual. It is essential that a couple is able to balance this.
It also means supporting each other through it all. In certain cases this means helping your partner keep their perspective, like James’ short term obsession with buying land in the middle of Texas. But at other times it means supporting your partner in their dreams, just as they are. Accepting them for what they are without wanting to change them, just as a good relationship.
The reward in all of this, is that you too have that support in whatever wacky dream you believe in. I know that some people will read this, and say, “Yadda, yadda, such a luxury for the young DINKs.” My response, if you are a DINK, enjoy this time to go after your dreams. If you have upgraded from the DINKs status, just remember what keeping your dreams alive will do for your family.