A friend recently messaged me an article talking about David Wise, olympic gold medalist in the freestyle skiing halfpipe. In the article, a news agency declared that David lives an “alternative” lifestyle. What out of the ordinary life-choices are they referring to? Simply the fact that, at age 23 he’s happily married and has a 2 year old daughter. (See what it takes to be an Olympic athlete here)
For fun, I looked up alternative lifestyle and found this definition on wikipedia:
“An alternative lifestyle is a lifestyle diverse in respect to mainstream ones, or generally perceived to be outside the cultural norm.”
Interesting. I knew being married young is not as popular now as it once was, but I never viewed myself as living an alternative lifestyle. I’m also 23, been happily married for 5 years and my husband and I have two young kiddos. We have purchased our first car together and are planning to purchase our first home later this year. What weirdos.
I’m certainly not saying that every one should marry young. Different choices are better for different people. I can only share that, I’m really glad we did. Neither of us went to college, we’ve each hopped around a couple of jobs before settling into what we plan to be our life-long careers. It’s different, figuring things out together, instead of separately deciding everything and then joining together after we had figured ourselves out. It’s also fun, and great to learn from each other. To balance each other out and help each other grow.
I don’t know much about David Wise’s story, but from the articles I’ve read it looks like he and his wife are rocking this alternative lifestyle too.
Do you live an “alternative” lifestyle? Were you as surprised as I was to learn that that’s what it’s called these days to marry young, have children and be happy?