Since January (and as of this past Friday), three friends of mine - all 48 years old - have informed me of either their engagement or impending engagement to be married.
It's a first marriage for all three.
None of these people ever seemed anxious to get married; never exhibited any drive towards that end unless they were lucky enough to meet someone they really really wanted to marry. In other words, it was not something they learned from the knee that getting married was a goal everyone should have.
And without really looking for it, they all found love and the kind of love that led them to wanting to make a long term, format commitment.
Soon after I turned 40, several people that I knew started having kids - the oldest friend being 43 when she got pregnant for the first time. She had gotten married late in life and feared she would not be able to bear her own children. She didn't mind adopting but having her own was something important. Turns out she had two of her own.
It really bites that men can wait until they are 50 or older to father a child but women have to do it within a certain biological timeframe if they want their own. It doesn't matter whether or not you are ready to get married or want to get married by a certain age - that clock ticks away like it or not. I never liked it but live with it I must.
I love it when people do things in a very unconvential way and this latest news is no exception.