Marriage and children are not a happily-ever-after fairytale. They are lifetime jobs. They can be rewarding, but can also be like being locked in a closed casket with spikes inside, slowly crushing and suffocating the life out of you.

Don’t rush into either or feel pressured by the invisible standards of society or pesky friends/family. Well-meaning they can be, yet you will have to live it, not them.

There is a lie that every girl wants to get married and have children

There is a lie that every girl wants to get married and have children, as if the culmination of life as a woman lives and dies at the feet of a husband or children. It doesn’t. There’s nothing wrong with wanting those things—if that’s what you want. But, if you don’t—it’s okay.

We live in a much more progressive society today—at least in the West. A woman who has no interest in being married, doesn’t have to be.

Take advantage of this moment. Enjoy what so many women before you have fought to have. If you meet a great partner and you believe the two of you can build something wonderful you, don’t be afraid to take the leap. But, if you’re single and satisfied, content with your vision of a solo future, rich with possibilities, don’t be afraid to walk down that solo road.

It’s your life and your walk. Enjoy it. Live it. Mostly, live it true to your heart.

-Shop Smart Girl

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