I wrote this in response to an episode of The Popcast, run by my friends Jamie and Knox. No one asked me to write a 1200 word essay and beam it into their inbox, but I did it anyway. Bless their hearts. I don’t know why they tolerate me.
Anyway, what follows is what I am calling a dissertation, which I wrote in an attempt to sort out my whirlwind of thoughts slinging around in my head while I listened to the podcast episode. It’s one of those things I wrote quickly — you know in that way when your fingers can’t move as fast as the words that are pouring out of your brain — so if there are loopholes, there are loopholes. Hence the word “amateur” in the title. But I kind of like talking about this, so if you have any additional thoughts or “but wait–“s, bring it on.
Okay, enough disclaimers. Here are my thoughts regarding marriage and whether it can be accurately represented in pop culture — TV, movies, celebrities or otherwise — and whether or not age makes a difference in readiness for marriage.