Love can occur at any age, but many couples meet when they are young. Some couples were high school sweethearts who have known each other since they were teenagers. Being together for such a long time is usually considered a great thing, and something that many other couples wish they had, but there are often naysayers. Young couples are hounded with certain statements or questions from people who just don't see being in a long-term relationship at a young age as a good thing. The following are four things that young couples are tired of hearing:
1. “Don't you want to see what else is out there?”
This is the number one thing that young couples hear. Everyone assumes that young people want to “play the field” or “sow their wild oats”. They believe that young people should be dating numerous people so that they can see more of what's out there, and then make a decision based on that. Young couples are tired of hearing this because they see no reason to look at other options. If you know in your heart that you've already found the one, why waste time with anyone else?
2. “You're too young to know what you really want.”
This statement is particularly annoying to young couples because it implies that they are ignorant. It's saying that because of their age, they couldn't possibly make a good decision about a relationship. The reality is that even at a younger age, people do know what they want. A young person knows what they like and do not like in a significant other. Sure, there is some added wisdom that comes with age and experience. With that said, young people do know enough to know that they're happy in their relationship and want to continue it.
3. “You're missing out on the best years of your life!”
This statement is only partially true. Your younger years may in fact be the best years of your life. The part that is not true is that you are missing out on them. Just because you're in a relationship, that doesn't mean you're missing out on the fun of your youth! You can have just as much fun as a young couple than you would alone. In fact, you may have more fun as a young couple. You get to make memories with your significant other that will last a lifetime.
4. “It's just puppy love. It'll never last.”
Young relationships are often trivialized as being “puppy love”. Older people doubt the legitimacy and sincerity of a young couple. For this reason, they often tell young couples that their relationship will never last. This is not only incredibly rude, but very untrue. There are endless couples who started out as young couples, often as high school sweethearts. Those very couples were probably told that their relationship would never last, but they are now reaching 20, 30, or 40 year anniversaries. There is no certain age that determines whether or not a relationship will last. The only thing that can determine that is the love and connection between the two people involved.