[COLOR=purple]This post’s Swedish word/phrase: “Äktenskap. Bröllop. Familj.”= “Marriage. Wedding. Family.”
A couple of days ago, I met a friend of mine and we spent quite some time talking about different events in our lives that occured after we had decided we were ready for them. It was about the first kiss. About the first boyfriend. The first vacation without parents around. About what to study and where. About when to move out from our parents’ and get our own places. And so on…
Important events that need some decisions, some thinking through, and in some cases a lot of courage.
Now I’m curious to see what your thoughts and experiences are on marriage. When did you decide to get married/not get married? What made you decide so (culture, religion, special feeling, certain event, legal issues, exprectations from others, :shrug:)? How old were you and your partner? Was it a decision that grew on you or did you wake up one morning knowing that you wanted to get married? Did you propose or did your partner? Would you consider a “no” to a proposal the same as breaking up? What is, for you, the biggest difference between living with someone as married and as “just” girlfriend/boyfriend? Did you feel different after you got married - and if so - how? Did you change your last name to his/hers - why/why not?
[COLOR=dimgray](I understand that this topic can bring up many different cultural and religious believes on marriage/family life. My intent is not to start a heated debate on these issues and I hope that everyone chosing to post will keep their posts respectful and non-judgemental. I’m just curious to see what made people decide to get married… )[/COLOR]