Divorce. The word alone is considered taboo in the American culture; nobody wants to hear it, see it or experience it, but divorce has been prevalent since the 1980s. Just recently has the divorce rate dropped from 50% to 40% with a prediction of a lower percentage in the future (“Divorce Rates in 2013”, 2013). Until then, we have to face it: Divorce is real.
As a daughter of recently divorced parents (as of August 2013), I continue to face the reality that my parents are no longer a couple. I now consider myself belonging to the staggering statistics of failed parental marriages; I am not alone in this group. Numerous others are in the same pool and I have noticed two types of thinking that occurs: 1. I will never get married, because it only ends in divorce anyhow or 2. I am going to marry and prove to my parents (and myself) that marriage can last forever. Both of these thoughts sound great, but how beneficial are they?