Time to Marry..?

For those of you whom have read my blog post about the Chemistry exam, you may have sussed out I have just finished my A Level exams- so I am 18 years old. Before yesterday, I wasn’t thinking about marriage. I wasn’t frigging stressed about it. I was care-free and in my mind (deep, deep down) I do believe I am a rock-star. Having recently bought a Guitar with a best friend, life seemed awesome.

I then went to a seminar titled “Time to Marry”, and in reply to my mum’s eagerness to take me, my literal response? “I’ve got nothing else to do so I might as well get married!” *chuckles*. Now I am not chuckling- not even in my head; it is 03:13 a.m. and I can not sleep because I am anxious about whether I will have a successful marriage/husband, or whether I am the next Havisham.

Let me tell you why I am anxious. I am a Muslim girl whom has grown up in GB and, during my teenage years, I have done my best to: not take a single ‘crush’ further then human nature. I have refrained from boyfriends. I have effectively trained my emotions to not feel infatuated by any person (even though it has been unsuccessful on numerous occasions). I have tried to conserve my innocence, but let’s face it, I got corrupt anyway. This is why I have been thinking all along that: I have thoroughly prepared myself for having an ‘arranged marriage’ in the not-so-near future; which I am totally okay with. But at this Seminar, the Imam (Mosque leader) said: “in fact I would say that it is “criminal” to not get married at a young age (22/23) and those parents that also let this sad thing happen are also criminals.” I laughed. Oh crap- why is no-one else laughing?! The Imam wasn’t joking.

Within the next minute I partially blocked out the seminar, while seeing my entire future flash through my mind like a broken camera film reel monotonously playing. I could see screen shots of myself- miserable. Why? Because I compromised my entire career- my dreams of going to Postgraduate Medical School, and studying the only subject I can give my heart and soul in to, all because I must marry early or face having no success in finding ‘the one’. Plus, then the Imam mentioned ‘roles’ and who does what in the relationship. I thought this was going to be the modernized version- but no. He hinted at how it is “difficult” when there are 2 professionals in a relationship- they clash; it doesn’t frigging work apparently. That’s strange- I always imagined it would work. Great- exactly what I need.

Then there’s the sub-conscious backwards cultural factor; of no-one wanting a girl that is too smart or, as my Aunt describes it, “high-quality”. It’s akin to being overqualified when applying for a job role- no-one wants you and no-one will take you.

It feels like I must compromise a lot of what I want in my life, to comply with the opportunity of getting married. It rips me apart inside that maybe I won’t study Medicine, because of getting married. I know how important Marriage is. I really do, but I want to be happy too. I don’t want to be a typical domesticated wife that is unhappy. I want someone to spend my entire life with that loves me for who I am and accepts me, even at 25 years old *sigh*.

I guess what I am saying is: I am very scared. I am scared no one will want me and as I get only a few years older, it will be harder for me to find someone. Why can’t everyone else think like I do; I just want to be happy for crying out loud.

The joint bank account really got to me as well, as the Imam mentioned it was a sign of not trusting each other to own separate bank accounts. Like, really? I always thought of it as: “This is my earned money and I’ll give it you if and when you need/want/ask for it, just like your earned money is your property my darling Hubby!

Time: 03:36 a.m. When will I ever be able to get to sleep now?

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2 thoughts on “Time to Marry..?

  1. I have a lot of Muslim friends here (in South Africa), so I think I know where you’re coming from.
    It really is a scary situation. I’m not Muslim and I’m not going to pretend to be able to give you religious guidance, BUT I believe that God/Allah wants what is best for you. And I believe he would want you to use your incredible intelligence.
    And I believe that a passion for something comes from someplace deep… I wish you luck with your big decisions coming up – I hope that you won’t have to compromise your dreams.

    • Thanks for commenting! I guess it never crossed my mind that being economically successful can clash with something like marriage- especially today whereby women play a double role- juggling a career, and having a happy marriage. I know I can have it all- I just got frustrated as other people won’t see it that way; they’ll perceive it as a compromise of one or the other. Thank you; I hope I am intelligent enough to make it into Med sch. and hopefully I will make the right choices when the time comes. For now; ’tis back to learning my Guitar chords ^_^

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