Dissecting divorce rates
Ironically, it was quite the opposite. The woman who wrote it was describing how those in her generation, Generation X, are known for having lived through their parents divorce. Apparently divorce rates are "now at their lowest level since 1970." Encouraging, right?
Well I, like many of you, can figure out why this is most likely true. For one, people are getting married later in life, which means they're both giving themselves the opportunity to establish a career and life of their own, and allowing enough time to get to know or seek out a compatible life partner.
Many people can't wait to get married and start a family right out of high school or college, but I say, 'What's the rush?'
The longer you wait, the more financially and emotionally stable you'll be to handle that kind of responsibility and commitment. What's the point of getting married fresh out of college with no savings, $40,000 of student loan debt, and an entry level job? Why not wait until you've saved up some loot and received a promotion or two?
Also let's be honest, who doesn't want to enjoy their 20's? The freedom that comes with being young, energetic, and carefree is often taken for granted. You can't stay at the bar with old friends until 2 a.m. when you have a newborn at home, right?
There's also not as much pressure, especially for women, as there was in the '60s and '70s to get married at 20 only to end up being a housewife with jilted career aspirations who's only excitement is choosing whether to make apple or cherry pie on any given day.
Now I'm sure this isn't always the case. Some people get married young and stay happily married for years. It happens. Rarely, but it does.
As someone who has divorced parents, I've seen how it works. In fact, I can only think of a handful of friends that have parents who are still married.
Marrying young is obviously not always the reason for divorce, but it is something that should be carefully considered before making any rash decisions.
What do you think? Is marriage just a crapshoot either way? What do you think increases the likelihood of a successful marriage?