Marrying at such a young age was not a big issue 20 years ago. People were not so educated and having many children was considered a boon as it meant more helping hands and greater prosperity.
But times have changed now. Nowadays young people choose to go for higher education and a good financial position before they marry. They set their own magic age number of 30 and beyond to get married. Marrying in their 20s are considered 'young'. They know more about sex and are more conscious about how to avoid unplanned pregnancy.
As a result, more and more marriageble young adults are delaying marriage and child bearing to achieve ambitions before taking on the responsibility. And some took it too far! I have friends who are in their 40s, realised all their ambitions years ago but have missed the boat of Marriage. They go home to a big empty house, spend their time online or in front of the HDTV.
Imagine how shocked they were when they discovered I'm preparing to become a mother-in-law and grandma and they are still looking for their Right One to come along!
When I decided to marry in my early 20s, some people tried to dissuade me. I had a good job and there were lots of fun places and guys to check out. I had made the decision earlier to get married and start a family and I thought I might as well get it over and done with and then concentrate on my career. No regrets on my decision.
er.... the people who tried to dissuade me from getting married young, they are still checking out fun places but fun guys are not checking them out, not even taking a look at them. duh.
I would encourage the young people I know to marry young. Have your kids early when you have the energy to run after them and play with them. Having the means to feed them shouldn't be a great problem. If you don't insist on having the best for everything or keeping up with the Jones, you could still get by. Having a family motivates you to work harder. Being married makes you healthier and wealthier.
Although my son is not going to get married any time soon (duh. Disappointment is written in capital letters over my forehead, Jaymes!), I'm trying to plant the seed of marriage in his mind and hope that it would germinate well. hehehe..... I'll keep watering and nurturing it. It will eventually bear fruits. I'm hoping for a bountiful harvest!!!