Whether People Get Married or Not is Their Life-Style Choice, But....

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Feb 10, 2014 20:53
Here's the recent Japanese paper's headline; "Japanese Men's Lifetime Non-Marriage Rate Will be approximately 30%, and that of Japanese Women's Will be 25% by 2030."

I sometimes hear my friends saying that they gave up getting married, so the headline didn't surprise me. One of my female friends once said, "If you continued your single life for more than four decades, it would be difficult to get along well with a man in a household." She had a desire to be a bride, but I thought she didn't want to give up an unconventional and carefree life.

Whether people get married or not is their life-style choice, but I want my daughter to have a happy marriage life if she encountered a right person. I'd like to tell her, "You would miss a chance if you lacked the ability to act and courage!"

Here in Japan, there are some parents who get involved in activities leading to their son or daughter's marriage, but that might be a interference that is not asked to.
これは、最近の日本の新聞の見出しです。「日本人男性の生涯独身率は2030年までに30%になり、女性は25%になるだろう。」

時々、複数の友人がもう結婚はあきらめたと言っているのを聞いていたので、私はその見出しにそれほど驚かなかった。ある女性の友人の一人は、「40年以上独身生活を続けたら、家庭で男性に合わせて上手くやっていくのは難しくなる。」と言っていた。彼女は結婚することを望んではいたが、自由で気ままな生活を捨てたくはなかったのだと思う。

人が結婚をするのか、独身を通すのかはライフスタイルの選択の問題だが、運命の人が現れたら、娘には幸せな結婚生活を送ってほしいと思う。彼女に「結婚は、勇気と行動力がないとチャンスを逃すよ。」と伝えたい。

日本には息子や娘を結婚させたくて婚活に励んだりする親もいるが、当人にとってはありがた迷惑かもしれない。
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