How we stay together: ‘We’ve both had our fair share of near-death experiences’

High school sweethearts Brad and Sonya have spent more of their lives as a couple than apart – but it hasn’t always been an easy road

Names: Sonya and Brad Gellert
Years together: 17
Occupations: Writer and policy manager

“We’re the most indecisive people ever,” says Sonya Gellert. “It’s the only thing we’ve ever been sure of.” She and her husband, Brad, can’t remember discussing commitment in the early days of their relationship – somehow it was just there, right from the start. “It sounds crazy but it was like an understood thing that this was a long-term thing,” Brad remembers. “It sounds very odd. You wouldn’t usually apply that to other elements of your life.”

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