23, engaged, and I refuse to feel bad about it.

So I just read a blog post called 23 Things to Do Instead of Getting Engaged when You’re 23, and you know what? I am not impressed. At all.

As someone who got engaged at 21, I am really not a fan of this article. Not because it encourages people from getting married later in life, but because it is rather scathing of people who DO get engaged young. The author seems to think that I should be marking my skin with a permanent tattoo, getting a pet which makes me sneeze, join a US-centric overseas social welfare organisation, make other people feel uncomfortable or bad about themselves, be selfish, convert to a different faith, eat a crap-ton of unhealthy food and flash myself at some poor unsuspecting passer-by (child-flashers anyone?).

Now I didn’t set out to get engaged young, it just happened. I met the woman of my dreams at 21, and am just as certain that I want to marry her as I did that night in the tent 6 weeks after we met, when I realised how much she meant to me (we got engaged after 4 1/2 months of dating). I am now 23, we are still saving for the wedding, and I still want to marry her. Not because I want to marry young, but because I love her.

Just because the author doesn’t know what to do with her life, doesn’t mean she should bag out other people who do. I have traveled, I’ve got an education, I have my dream career (same thing I have wanted to do since I was 10)…Now I am sorry if my engagement is the start of the slippery slope to teenage brides, but my life is my life is my life, and don’t you dare judge me for it.

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