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When my daughter was a teenager, I told her to avoid two things during her teenage years that could leave her struggling for financial gain and independence for the rest of her life. Two Albatrosses, that could strangle and weigh her down and prevent her from ever getting ahead.
Smoking cigarettes and having babies.
These two things are incredible financial weights that can decimate monthly earnings, prevent you from going to college or learning a trade, and have the potential to actually impoverish you if take these on early in life. Especially in your teens, before you’ve even start building a career.
But there are other weights we can acquire later in life just as devastating, and some might put marriage in that category. Why, because they dissolve and turn into everlasting debt. Or at least very long-standing debt. The debt from a divorce can bankrupt you.
I remember in my first semester of law school being in property class. One of my fellow students was answering the professor’s question. They grilled us pretty hard. The Socratic Method. My classmate made an error. They had said,
“Well, that’s not fair!”
My instructor paused for a moment. Chuckled. And then replied. “I was wondering how long it would be before someone used the ‘F’ word. If you’re going to argue that something is not ‘fair,’ then you have to tell me why it is not ‘legally fair’.”
Blogging is an interesting pastime.
For many of us, it’s a way to hone our skills as writers and explore a whole range of topics. It can even be a testing ground for materials we wish to write about, like a future book, or for just good old-fashioned storytelling.
For some, it’s even a way to make a living.
Well, yesterday, one of my blogging friends asked me to address a particular topic. Marriage. And to do so from the perspective of a father giving advice to a son that is of marriage age or is considering marriage. He wants to hear the “truth.”
And I can certainly do this, but I fear it may be a bit controversial.