Leaving a Party at 9
There’s a common saying that says getting married young is like leaving a party at 9pm, as if it is a bad thing. However, I am engaged at age 20 and will be married at 22 and would not have it any other way. I love having game nights in with my close group of friends and simply cannot imagine going out to the bar for half of my week to get drunk and waste money. Most people my age, as well as older generations, simply don’t understand wanting to settle down so young. I am here to tell you why I love my life and exactly how it is playing out.
Starting my life while young with my fiancé means that we will be growing up together. We won’t have two completely different lifestyles that may clash or have to figure out how to merge. We are establishing what we are like together early in life before we have our own set ways.
We also get to celebrate every birthday, job, and graduation that happens throughout the course of our lives. We will remember each other’s special moments from early in life because we will have lived through them together.
Through midterms, finals, job rejections, too much laundry piling up, and simply getting sick of the cold winter, I have someone I know will be there for me. I do not have to deal with Tinder hookups who won’t give me the time of day. I have my person that I can rely on to be my support system. I know he will help get me through my rough days and help me shine at my best. What more could you want in life?
Stats for Love
While statistics was by no means by best subject in college, these are some numbers I can get behind that pertain to getting married young.
- You’re more likely to marry a true peer and someone whom you have lots in common with if you marry in your 20s as opposed to later. Source.
- Couples who married between the ages of 22 and 25 were more likely to describe their marriage as “very happy” than couples who got married in other age brackets. Source.
- Married men in their 20s drink less and work harder than their single peers.
- Married men make up to $18k more a year than their single peers, even after controlling for differences in education, race, ethnicity, regional unemployment, and scores on a test of general knowledge. Source.