A friend of mine recently laid out a whole list of wonderful things that her boyfriend does. Then followed it up by saying that she wasn't sure they should even be together any more. Despite only being 21 she claimed that now people are settling down. They're moving in together, getting mortgages, getting engaged and actually going through with getting married. It's scary stuff. It seems there are two sides to the coin...
One friend is planning the exact month she needs to get pregnant for it to work most in her favour in terms of work (she's a teacher) and then there's my stressful friend thinking it's not all that serious. Could it be she's just panicking? That old "be careful what you wish for"? Maybe. However, she is definitely not the only one. Even the BBC agrees!!
To get in the festive mood on February 12th the BBC published an article showing the decline of marital commitment...in perfect time for Valentines Day! Apparently a heart shaped helium balloon is an acceptable gift but not an engagement ring. There's statistics, with graphs even! Really, it's downright scary if you're one of those people dead set on the perfect marriage and 2.4 children. Thank the lord I'm not!
So...if you read this (and you know who you are)...I really wouldn't stress. It looks like a whole nation is getting anxious over this expectation that you should grow up, get married and live happily ever after.