If you ever plan to settle down, then you must know what’s waiting ahead for you. Aside from the cute marriage proposal, you’re going to have children, no more free time (like, ever), play dates, sleepless nights and carpooling. If you don’t plan on having children, but you are planning to find a kind soul to spend the rest of your life with, then you’ll most likely encounter some difficulties along the way, such as monotony and other classic domestic-bliss related issues. If you feel like you’ve still got some life in you, then we’ve got ten things to do before settling down, so hurry up and choose some things you like and do them, don’t let life pass you by.
10. Hit the Clubs All Summer
Whether you’re working or now, you’ve got to live like a student during the summer! Go wild and hit the town like there’s no tomorrow. It’s something we all need to do to check that we’ve been young and enjoyed it. You’ll get to miss it later on… but too much, though.
9. Invest in Your Hobby
… or find one if you don’t have one already. When you’re on your own, there’s no one else to focus on, but yourself. So, go wild collecting coins, making friendship bracelets, chair or closets, whatever it is, enjoy it to the maximum!
8. Host Parties/Get-togethers
If you’ve got your own place, then you should definitely be that person who’s always throwing parties or calling people over for dinner or a movie. Enjoy your freedom, your friends and your space, because after you’ve settled down, things just aren’t going to be the same. It never is when you’re living with another person, even though it’s someone you deeply love.
7. Spoil Yourself
We’re not saying that when you’re in a relationship or you’ve settled down you can’t spoil yourself, but there will be times when you’re not going to be a top priority. When you love someone you tend to place their needs ahead of yours, which is absolutely fine, sometimes. If you’re going to have children, then you’re definitely going to spoil yourself less and less. So take advantage of all this freedom you have right now and spoil the hell out of yourself.
6. Learn to Cook
Whether you’re a man or a woman, you kind of need to learn how to cook before settling down. It’s nice when you find someone to be with, that you can surprise them with delicious treats once in a while. And it’s a great money saver, in case you were wondering. Turn on the cooking channel and commence your cooking training!
5. Get a Pet
One of the most useful things to do before settling down is getting a pet. It will teach you about responsibilities and it looks cute doing it. Besides, if you’re an animal person, then you’d want the person you’re settling down with to be one too, so having a pet will do that selection for you.
4. Go On a Month Vacation
You definitely won’t be able to do that once you’ve settled down, which is why you need to do it when you’re young and single. You’re going to learn so much about yourself in one month on the road and it’s an experience you’re going to remember for the rest of your life. Go alone for a challenge or with your BFF to have the time of your life.
3. Live Alone
If you’re unattached and can afford it, then go ahead and live along for a while. You learn a lot about yourself and you get to see how you really are when you’re alone. Living with someone will get you to make certain compromises and mold yourself a bit after them, but when you’re all alone, it’s 100% you!
It is paramount that you study while you’re young and unattached and you’ve got all the time in the world to be a student and thus, everything else that being a student implies. You can study and go to school after you’ve settled down, but most people tend to lose interest in school after that. It has to do with the stages in our life and how we perceived them.
1. Explore Your Sexuality
Yes, we’ve placed exploring your sexuality on our number one in our list of things to do before settling down, because we believe it is extremely important that you know yourself really well, what you like, what you don’t like before you enter a long-term relationship. You need to enjoy yourself the best way you can, because once you’ve settled down, things are going to cool off a bit. In other words, you’re young, so take advantage of that, woman, man!
Keep in mind that we’re not saying that after you settle down you won’t be able to do any of these things. Because you will, it depends on what type of relationship you’re going to be in. What did you think about our things to do before settling down? Did you do any of these or do you plan to do them? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below, we’d love to hear from you.