Many moons ago, people in their early twenties were all settling down, getting married and popping out children all over the shop.
Now, however, the average age to get married in the UK is 34.3 for women and 36.7 for men.
Times are a changing and many of us now have a whole decade of singlehood dotted with relationships here and there to navigate before tying the knot.
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26: Single again
Many people end their long-term relationships in their mid-twenties when they realise that actually, this person isn’t who they want to spend the rest of their lives with, but if they end it now, they still have time to enjoy being single and find someone else to settle down with.
Oh bloody hell, your friends are starting to get engaged and married. And you’re over here getting drunk with a different Bumble date every week. But it’s cool, right? You’re only 27. You have pleeeenty of time.
28: What’s happening?
Babies. The babies have started. They may not be your close friends but your Facebook newsfeed is starting to clog up with pictures of the babies of your old schoolmates and people you met on that drama summer school when you were 16. The babies all look the same.
29: REALLY HAPPY OK
“No, auntie Susan, I won’t have a boy-/girlfriend joining us on Christmas Day, yet again, BUT I REALLY LIKE BEING SINGLE, OK!” The nagging is becoming unbearable.
30: Oh, sheesh
You’re 30. How the flippin’ hell did that happen? Sure, you have friends who are married with babies, and maybe you don’t, but that’s no bad thing.
Everyone lives their lives at their own pace, and there is literally no rush to settle down. Don’t marry someone just because they’re there when you’re the age that you think you should be settling down.
You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince or princess, and if you don’t find them till you’re way past your twenties, it doesn’t matter. If you do, super!
You do you and when the right person comes along, you’ll be ready.