How many walk down the aisle with doubt and dread that this isn't the right person, right time, or the right reason to get married? It isn't a black or white decision as Justice Kennedy makes it out to be, that marrieds are good and singles are bad.
The language Justice Kennedy used in the majority opinion also reveals that many old stereotypes persist: "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family," writes Kennedy.
With the divorce rates as high as they are, it makes sense that it takes the right person, right time and right reasons to make a fulfilling and strong relationship
I'm 28 years old. Single and childless. And even though I'm currently in a relationship, marriage and children are hardly on the top of my list of "things to accomplish in the next 5 years."
The queer world still exists apart -- discrete, you might say -- from the straight world, and to be a bisexual woman on OKCupid is to travel back and forth between them, bicoastal, bilingual, bicultural, always apologizing to one on behalf of the other.
I don't want someone I "won't be able to imagine my life without." I don't want someone to "have my whole heart." I don't want someone to be "my whole world," or "my rock," or "my better half." I don't want somebody who can understand me better than I can understand myself.
Women need to plan for their long-term care and estate planning needs as if they will, one day, be single.
A great relationship will never hinder you or your individual life -- it will enhance it. But it takes time to find that great relationship, and you should never feel bad about waiting for it.
Going through a divorce for the most part no longer carries the stigma it once did, but the toll it takes on you remains the same. My entire life I've only known what it's felt like to have the word "Divorce" attached to me.
Shortly after my divorce, some friends decided I needed to get out and have some fun. I was teetering on the edge of becoming a shut-in, so I reluctantly agreed. In an effort to pamper myself, I decided to buy a dress.
Gaining a husband does not guarantee having your worries washed away forever. I promise you. If you believe that, you need a long, ice cold shower of a reality check.
Often times people take dating after a divorce entirely too seriously. You are not looking to jump into a serious relationship, are you? Then dating should be fun and exciting, but it's up to you to create that for yourself.
The benefit of dating when you're pushing 40 is that you know when it's right. And if you've paid attention, then you know that sustaining a meaningful and long-lasting relationship isn't about being clean; it's ALL about how you clean up the mess.
My empty ring finger now defines me more than my irrepressible desire to become something great. Gone are the days when people wanted to know what I yearn to achieve.
We don't need to jump into the arms and beds of different people until one of them decides to stay for a little while longer than the rest. We don't need titles and commitment that's rushed, or done so for any reason influenced by others.
I applied for application waivers, whatever it took to find the right fit for me and my 3-year-old daughter at the time. One thing was for sure: Leaving her behind with family was not an option. We were going to do this together.