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Tiger Woods, George Clooney, and Getting Married

If I may go out on a limb, I’m guessing that most of you reading this blog are not, probably, worth $140 million. I’m guessing you do not–usually–have the option of bedding porn stars. And perhaps you’ve never once been nominated for an Oscar.

That said, anyone getting married–or, better yet, thinking about getting married–can learn something from Tiger and his natural foil: George Clooney.

Last night over beers, some buddies rushed to the defense of Tiger, basically saying, “Well, at a certain age you have to get married–it’s expected–so what else could he do?”

Um….maybe you could, you know, not get married? And we immediately used Clooney as a counterpoint. So I was thrilled to see this piece on the Huffington Post from Laura Trice:

If Tiger Woods did continue to act single once he was married, then why marry and have children at all if he wasn’t ready?

George Clooney is a man who has dated many beautiful women over the years and has made no secret of it. He is single, does not have children and lives his life how he wants to and the public likes him.

The main difference is that is he is not married, has not promised to be faithful to one woman, therefore “forsaking” all others. One of my favorite quotes that I do not know the source of is that the best gift a father can give his children is to love their mother.

This sounds so obvious that I’m embarrassed to even write it, but if you know that you still want to sleep with other women, you should not get married. Period. And you shouldn’t feel bad about that decision. We bet Clooney doesn’t.

Millennia ago, you had to have kids so we could propagate our species. Centuries ago, you had to have kids so they could harvest your crops. Decades ago, you had to have kids so you weren’t considered weird.

Now? You don’t have to have kids. You don’t have to get married. And if, in your bones, you know you’re not up to the task, then, well… Don’t.

Full article on Huffington Post here. (Worth a read.)

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