It’s safe to assume that most women have aspirations of getting married one day, some sooner than others. While I have my own set of grown-up fairy tales when it comes to walking down the aisle, I also have a grown-up list of things to do before I happily utter those two words: “I Do.” Similar to a bucket list (things you would like to do before you actually kick the bucket), these items are things I think every woman, including myself, should experience before marriage.
Once you’re married, if done right, that’s how you will hopefully spend the rest of your life. The days of making your own decisions without having to consider the feelings of a partner will be over…forever (or something like that); and if that’s not enough to scare you, consider this: instead, you will have to consider someone else wholeheartedly before moving forward with plans or life-altering decisions. Until then, single women should experience certain things, meet certain people, and potentially get certain things in order (like that enormous credit card debt lingering since college).
While everyone’s ‘Before I Get Married’ bucket list will vary, here are a couple of considerations to get you started in creating your own.
Splurge On an Irresponsible Gift for Yourself
While some women may do this more than necessary, others are more financially cautious with their money and choose not to splurge on any items outside of their tax bracket. Still, every woman deserves, at least once, to treat herself to one item that even the most financially cautious woman can’t resist. Whether it’s that expensive pair of shoes or an even more expensive electronic item, go ahead and splurge…just once. Because once you’re married, your splurging budget may be linked to someone else’s bank account besides your own.
Date A Person of Another Culture
You can’t knock it ‘til you try it. While race shouldn’t be such an overlying factor, dating someone from a different culture provides you with a different perspective. Maybe you’re dead set on marrying your chocolate Morris Chestnut, but you can’t knock dating outside of your race until you try it…at least once.
What you decide to do or not do during your seasonal fling is all upon your discretion, but every woman should enjoy just one of those infatuating moments that takes your breath away–if only for a season.
While you don’t have to marry the older guy or even date someone old enough to be your grandfather, dating an older man provides you with a different, more seasoned perspective when it comes to men. Note that dating a man three or four years older is not necessarily considered an ‘older guy.’ I’m referring to someone at least 10 years your senior.
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