The Rona Series Episode 36: Generational Differences, Part 3: Marriage

Welcome to a new episode of Real Talk from OSYL. In this episode, we chat about how marriage in our generation appears different. No longer do we feel it is the ultimate goal and to not obtain it would be failure. In our age of technology and information, it appears just like our flexibility with work, our timeline for certain traditions is at a different pace than previous generations are used to.

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In this episode, we bring the 3 part episode regarding generation differences to a close with our discussion on the expectations versus reality of our concept of marriage. The follow up questions are about how we view marriage in our generation, and how it ranks in our life's goals compared to previous generations.

For some of us, we remember when we were very young, and we were taught that by the time we see the age of our mid-20's, the fairy-tale success is that we must be married by that time. If we can go back in time, we will let our younger selves know that that is no longer the goal--not marriage, more of the timeline of when we would want to get married. As the world changes, especially quickly it seems in our generation, we learn to take the toll from different influences and then produce our own version of adaptations to it. This includes the traditional pressure of needing to get married at a certain time. It feels that what truly can make us happy is doing things all at our own pace, including marriage.

In the end, marriage is wholly consent between 2 individuals committed to each other. Not just for love, but consent and communication between how they view their definition of marriage against how society defines it. It is believed that official matrimony no longer needs to be confined to the definition by law, but by the agreement per the 2 consenting individuals. If living in love with each other for decades with no official ceremony is considered marriage, then that is what that couple can define it as. And no one else can ever dispute that.

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