This whole blog debate about my generation of “Millennials” marrying before we turn 23 is becoming stupid and frustrating.

If you have absolutely no idea, what I’m talking about I am jealous.

But if you are interested here are the original posts:
1. 23 THINGS TO DO INSTEAD OF GETTING ENGAGED BEFORE YOU’RE 23
2. MY FIRST BLOG: THE RESULT OF A CLOSED-MINDED 23 YEAR OLD

I completely agree that “there is [not] an “appropriate” age to get married, only an appropriate mindset.” (1)

But “the LGTBQ community isn’t ruining the sanctity of marriage, the Kardashian family is” also has some truth to it. (2)

What absolutely infuriates me is K. Beauregard’s advice on adopting a pet. “Don’t adopt anything until you’re married and have ample arrangements for times when you can’t bring them with you.” (2)

Hi, I am 23 and UNMARRIED. I adopted Luna at 22 and it was the BEST thing I ever did.

Yes, you shouldn’t adopt a pet unless you have the time, energy, and finances to do so AND are ready to make a commitment. But why do I already need to be married to meet those qualifications?

I know so many young pet parents – both married and single – who are amazing.

Stop dragging pets into this. There are already so many animals looking for a forever home. Let’s not make it even harder for them by requiring only married couples to adopt.

We all have opinions. I share mine. You share yours. Just please stop being so vindictive and pushy.

I’ll get married when I want. I’ll travel when I want. I’ll adopt as many pets as I want. And I will definitely eat as much Nutella as I want.

The key to happiness is not following someone else’s 23 rules. Just have one.

Do what makes you happy.

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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