4 Myths About Marriage Everyone Should Ignore

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When it comes to marriage and long-term relationships in general, there really aren’t any easy answers. There’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all when it comes to happy relationships. But unfortunately, society often convinces us that there ARE hard-and-fast truths related to marriage. This couldn’t be further from the truth… And buying into these ideas can actually take a toll on your love life. Here are four myths you need to forget immediately so you can pursue a happier love relationship.

There’s A Perfect Age To Get Married

In her piece for The Atlantic, Phoebe Maltz Bovy writes about the pressure placed especially on women, but to some extent men as well, to settle down during the magical period between, say, 27 and 32. In a woman’s early twenties, writes Bovy, she is warned by well-meaning relatives about the dangers of committing too early. Either she’s too young, she hasn’t achieved enough in her career yet or she runs the risk of unintended pregnancy.

“And then, suddenly, the message shifts,” writes Bovy. “A not-quite-as-young woman will learn that rather than having all the time in the world to start a family, her biological clock is about to strike midnight. That even if she doesn’t want children, she is now on the cusp of being too old to find a husband.”

It seems unfair that society has dubbed the late 20s and early 30s as the only time to successfully settle down. But here’s the secret: There is no perfect time in your life to fall in love. Some couples fall in love in high school, and others fall in love in their 60s. Forcing your love life to fit within a certain time parameter is only going to lead to problems. Wouldn’t you rather marry the right person at 45 than the wrong person at 26? I mean, this (presumably) is the REST OF YOUR LIFE we’re talking about!

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