I got engaged when I was 20 and married when I was 22 and let me just tell you, the amount of unsolicited advice and comments against it have been absolutely absurd since Day 1. We’ve been happily married for 2 years now and I think it’s officially been long enough that I can say I didn’t make a mistake. So, for all of the manicurists, customers, coworkers, doctors, and random strangers that have told me that I’m so young, here are 3 reasons why I’m incredibly glad to have gotten married at the age that I did.
1. We Get to Enjoy Our Entire Adult Lives Together
My husband and I were lucky enough to have found each other when we were both quite young. Because of that, we get to spend our entire adult lives together. We get to hit major milestones, like promotions and even college graduations, together. We also get to go through the hard times, like illnesses and deaths, together. Not only will we forever be able to cherish the memories of supporting and celebrating all of our big successes together, but we will have (and have already had) the support of favorite person to get us through the more unpleasant parts of life.
I really can’t even begin to describe how amazing that has already been. Support in both the good times and the bad is the absolute best thing to have, especially when it comes from the one person in the world you love so much that you’ve committed your whole life to.
2. I’ve Always Got a Partner – and So Does He
My husband and I are a team. That doesn’t just mean dealing with the big stuff together, it also means having someone to help you with all of the little things, too. If I’m not sure about something, need help getting a chore or errand done, or could just do with a little cheerleading, I know I can turn to my husband and he won’t let me down – and the same goes for him.
You might have just read that and thought, “yeah, but that’s what my best friend is for,” and that’s great. I have a female best friend as well, but my husband is my absolute favorite person and all-time best friend. Getting to live with your favorite person and spend almost all of your free time with them and get their help whenever you need it with whatever you need it for, is freaking fantastic!
We know each other better than we know ourselves sometimes, and that kind of intimacy is an incredible thing to have already found at this point in my life.
3. We Get to Watch Each Other Grow Up
I get to watch my best friend grow up and blossom into the fully-realized, most amazing version of himself possible. I get to see all of the struggling he had to do along the way and help him celebrate all of the successes that he had, and that is so truly humbling. We are each other’s first line of family, and it totally rocks. ❤