Consult reliable outside opinion before taking the plunge. Prairie voles are primarily monogamous, and montane voles are primarily horndogs.
And you are too close to yourself to be able to see clearly what you’re getting yourself into. Gorillas, not so much (although each alpha male keeps a nice harem, which isn’t strictly monogamy in my book).
Hey, it’s fine; you’ve been hit by the stupid stick and there’s not a whole lot I can do. No, not even in ‘swans that mate for life’ — geneticists have definitive evidence that even they do their fair share of flitting about. And when the male and the female mate, they actually fuse and become one slug.
But please, — including your female friends, and your parents and your sister? If that’s your idea of a healthy relationship, be my guest.
The Tao is all about seeing the world as it is, not how you wish it would be. But please consider that the whole ‘tradition’ of buying her a rock that costs twice your monthly salary is one of the biggest scams ever foisted upon mankind.
And you, my good man, are too smart to fall for it.
Boys — this is a complete and total marketing scam.