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When Does Settling Down Become Simply Settling?

  • July 22, 2011 at 7:15 am


I always set good intentions when I go on a first date. My intention is simply to have fun. Actually liking the guy and feeling a spark of chemistry between us would be the icing on the cake. However there’s always a part of me that feels very disappointed coming home after a date having once again felt nothing.

Speaking to a friend about this last week, she explained to me as she has gotten older her checklist has gotten shorter and the emphasis on that spark or “butterflies” has become less important. “I’ve dated guys I had a spark with and look where that got me? I’m still single” she stated, “at this point in my life if I just meet a nice man who I can have my kids with I’ll be happy. If it works out, great, but if not, at least I would have gotten married and had my children.” Having been one who never wanted to marry for the sake of being married, this concept made me shudder. But as I started to look around at many of my girlfriends mostly in their late 20s and early 30s, it seems like this ideology is becoming more and more prevalent. Many of them are now only dating for a few months before getting engaged and married and marrying men who they don’t seem to be as enamored with or are not on the same level as they are (financially, educationally, etc.) which leads me to wonder, when does settling down become simply settling?

As the flow of wedding and baby shower invitations arrive in my mail and inbox, I start to question whether what I’m looking for is realistic. Can I still meet a man to whom I am attracted and share a common compatibility? A man who I respect, love and makes me excited to be around? Or as so many of my girlfriends, do I just be happy to meet someone who is marriageable? Although some times may be more challenging than others, I still believe the man I’m looking for is out there and not only will there be that spark, but he’ll give me butterflies. As for my girlfriends, I wish them the best in their search for love, marriage and happiness.

Do you believe settling down can simply become settling? Have you seen examples of this in your or your friends’ lives?

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