This is my first post, but I have been lurking for awhile.
I am currently applying to the Peace Corps. This is something I have wanted to do for awhile and I am really looking forward to serving where I am sent. If things fall through, I will probably either get a master’s degree or a second bachelor’s to become a teacher, something else I have wanted to do.
The thing is, I will be 23 next month, and most of my friends are either married or getting married. I’m probably being neurotic, and people keep telling me I’ve plenty of time and don’t realize how young I am, but by the time I get out of the Peace Corps I will be 25 or 26. I currently have no prospects in sight, and I have always wanted to be a young mother, and at this point I’m not sure that will happen. I have no romantic illusions about marriage, and I don’t sit around pining for a man. I have a life. But marriage and children are things I have always strongly desired.
How old were all of you when you got married? And had kids? For those of you who married in your late 20s or older, do you regret having to wait so long? I know the national average for marrying age is around 27, but most of my friends have been at least engaged by the time they were 22! I’m starting to feel like there might not be any good men left (especially Catholic ones). I know that’s a ridiculous notion, but I do have an irrational side :). I’m not putting my life on hold either. I am totally open to dating the right guys any time, even in the Peace Corps. I’m just not sure what kind of guys I will meet there, and fear it might be slim pickings when I get back.
Any thoughts are appreciated. Sorry for the long rambling post