Now that everyone is slowly turning 27 years old, I'm calling it "the curse of the 27's" and they're all getting engaged and married!
One of my friends from school is getting married in August in the Highlands, another is getting married in Texas next April and my Facebook is filling up with engagements week on week. As the girls I went to school with turn 27, the ones in long term relationships are all showing off their new rocks. Even today a guy I used to line manage has proposed to his girlfriend, and mother of his 2 year old son.
The youngest engagement I've had on my Facebook recently was a girl I also used to line manage who is around the 21 year old mark. It almost feels like there is pressure and expectation that I won't be far away from getting engaged either - and stupidly, it makes me nervous of turning 27 in November!
I've always been very clear with Sean, I'm not actually a fan of marriage, I don't feel it's a necessity (but I do love the shiny engagement rings!). Sean's parents are divorced, his mother has been divorced twice - my parents have also both been divorced in the past (before they got together). The thing they agree on is that divorce is a nasty process - I feel marriage puts an unnecessary strain on a relationship, especially during tough times. I know this will be an unpopular idea but it's how I feel about it.
I do know that there is a bit of a fear that if you have children and you're not married there is less responsibility and it's easier to walk away. Someone once said to me, that if anyone was planning on walking away they would do it with or without a marriage certificate. So I guess that's how it rolls... but who knows what's going to happen in the future really!