Today within the span of 30 minutes two couples I went to high school with got engaged. I am 20 years old. That leaves me to wonder, how many couples get engaged because it is genuine and they know for a fact it is lifelong? And how many couples get engaged to enter the “my horse is bigger than your horse” competition they believe is life?
For example, my sister, a 23 year old successful woman nearing her last year of University is dating her boyfriend of 6.5 years. They have had an apartment together for 5 years, have been fully monogamous with no issues in their relationship for it’s entirety and they are still waiting. They believe, as do I, that why rush when you know it is going to happen? Why not savour the small joys before life gets so complicated and concrete with a small band of gold? This situation of young couples, barely knowing what love is, and probably not even knowing who they are themselves, baffles me. I just think, “how many of these couples are going to be divorced, most likely with children (that will occur without a doubt in the next 2 years) and miserable in the next decade?” For the sake of optimisim, I wish them all the best. However the wise, realistic cynic inside me sure thinks differently.
Patience is a virtue— why not practice it and get things right?