Let me start off by saying I know getting married young is not for everyone. This post is not to claim that the younger you marry – the better. It is to stop the misconception that getting married young is careless. Remember when getting married in your early 20s was the norm? Yeah, me too. Now if you’re 19 and you send out wedding invitations everyone loses their shit. My husband and I tied the knot when I was 19 – he was 22. I’m not going to sit here and say it hasn’t been hard, but has it been worth it? Hell yes. Everyone goes through bad patches – and you better believe we’ve had our fair share. If it wasn’t for love, dedication and loyalty to each-other, we wouldn’t be here today. We are extremely blessed.

Not only do you grow old together, you grow up together.
The most important person in your life gets to experience all your firsts with you. My husband and I have gone through tiny 1 bedroom apartments and empty bank accounts to a comfortable adult life and everything in between. You will learn the hardest lessons of adulthood together – and believe me, they are hard. You are uniquely suited to taking on obstacles that life throws at you – together. You get to share a lot more of life’s achievements, starting your career, buying a new car, a new house and eventually becoming parents.

You get to spend more years with together.
(That is, if you marry the correct person) years fly by – and before you know it you’ve been married 40 years with grand-kids. So, the earlier you marry, the more time with your SO – and you have a lifetime of happiness to look forward to. Have you ever heard someone say, “I wish I had found you earlier, so I could love you longer”? Well, being married young, you get to. See, I told you – so many perks!

You get to avoid the whole awkward dating scene.
Because, let’s be real – who wouldn’t want to skip out on your co-worker setting you up with some weird-o, or your sister trying to hook you up with every single person of the opposite sex that she comes into contact with.

You become young parents.
This one is by far my favorite! We were married for a year before we has our first baby – but I will be 40 years old when my daughter graduates high school – hell, I”ll still be young! Obviously the younger you are the more energy you have – and I love being able to keep up with them all day long.

Your habits form together.
We both had lived at home before we moved in together, so we had no established routines. When we got married we had to figure out our own habits and our own routines, but we did it together, and I believe that made it that much easier.

Marriage is hard work regardless what age you marry, and while there are many reason to wait, there are so many more not to. So, if you are in love, and you believe with all your heart you are ready – you are not making a careless decision. Marriage is a blessing and it should not be frowned upon no matter the age.

So, to my husband, “I choose you, and I’ll choose you over and over and over again. Without pause, without doubt, in a heartbeat. I’ll keep choosing you.” – Unknown.

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Talk soon, friends!
Alicia, xo

Alicia is a momma of two sweet kids and wife to her high school sweetheart. She loves fitness, home d├ęcor, cooking, and spending time with her family. Alicia writes about her favorite things so be sure to check out her blog and send her some love!