Milestones for the Modern-Day Single Lady
Every popular woman’s magazine has, at some point, run an article about things a woman should know by a certain age or lifestage. One of my favorites, by Pamela Redmond Safran, ran in Glamour Magazine. It’s a smart and fun list of her take on life’s milestones for the 30-year-old woman.
But there’s another list “out there” that makes me roll my eyes when I think about it. It’s about the milestones of adulthood and, even though I’m deep into adulthood chronologically, I don’t really qualify as an adult according to this list. You see, sociologists have traditionally defined “the transition to adulthood” as being marked by five milestones:
- Completing school
- Leaving home
- Becoming financially independent
- Having a child.
Did you see that? According to sociologists, I’m not an adult. I have not advanced to Stages 4 and 5; I’m stuck at Stage 3!! No husband. No kid. Yikes! Continue reading…