I think one of the reasons so many people fear marriage is because for them the term is synonymous with the idea that they are no longer able to live their lives. It seems that many people consider marriage to be what you do after you’ve “sowed your wild oats.” Terms such as “settle down” conjure to mind an image of a quiet life devoid of any excitement, the sort of life one would live after they’ve already accomplished all they wanted in the world. Unfortunately, if this was the case no one would get married, for in truth no one ever accomplishes all they want. There is always something left to be experienced. The beauty of marriage is that you can share these experiences with someone who (in theory) shares your affinity for whatever it is you want to get out of life. Marriage is not an end to your life (nor is it a beginning, as some would claim), it is merely a continuation of the life you have established for yourself to this point. If you have decided that your life should be one of adventure and travel, your marriage can be an extension of that. If you prefer a life spent reading and watching movies, your marriage can be an extension of that too. Provided you pick the right person you will find that marriage enhances your life, rather than limits it. Bachelorhood may provide you the freedom to do whatever you want, but marriage provides you a person with whom you can share that same freedom and together you can both experience all that you want out of life.