The tides are changing when it comes to women getting married. No longer are the traditions of June Clever, Carol Brady, Debra Ramone (Everybody Loves Raymond), and other housewives with children thought of as the norm. What was once considered the ideal lifestyle and dream of girls growing up everywhere has now become more of an option rather than an individual mandate. But, for men still looking for one who'll say, "I Do" hope is still alive and well, you just have to learn to play the game.
I know a few women who've never married and are well into their 40's and 50's. So, to help gather some info for this article, I contacted each one asking for thoughts why they've chosen their particular paths. Surprisingly, all were more than happy to help me out.
Most had the same items in common: Never met the right guy, didn't want children, have the ability to be financially independent, had bad past breakups and didn't want to run the risk of history repeating itself. One said she just didn't think she could ever feel comfortable having someone in her life all the time, or hers in his. Another had a huge fear of being controlled. Two said they were children of divorce and violence at the hands of their fathers.
Overall though, most claimed that having their freedom remained their most cherished reason for remaining single and that marriage simply didn't appeal to them on a personal level.
For those of the male species still wanting to walk down the nearest aisle, possibly have children and enjoy the happiness of sharing your life with the woman of your dreams, don't let these factors keep you from looking. There are still plenty of women eager and willing to become your bride, you just have to look for the signs of those who will, and those who won't.
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