Married at 22, Dreams Unfulfilled: Is It Time to Start Over? 🌏💔

Diply Social Team
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Picture this: a young couple, deeply in love, meeting at a conservative church, and living a life that seems picture-perfect. But what if one of them starts to feel trapped and dreams of a different life? 😱 Our protagonist, a 28-year-old man, has reached a breaking point. He's got a successful career, a beautiful home, and a loving wife, but he can't shake the feeling that he's missing out on life. 🌍✈️ He's considering leaving his wife and moving far away to start over. But is he being selfish, or is it time for him to finally live for himself? 🤔💔

🔒 A Locked-Down Love Story

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⛪ Meeting in a Conservative Church

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💑 Young Love and Marriage

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🏠 Buying a House and Tying the Knot

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🎉 Married at 22

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😇 The Perfect Christian Couple?

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⌛ Feeling Robbed of Youth

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💔 Imperfect Marriage

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🏆 Successful but Unhappy

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🌍 Dreaming of a Fresh Start

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🤔 Questioning His Choices

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💬 Communication and Counseling

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🤝 A Civil Divorce

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🏡 Wife's Contentment

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🛌 Bedroom Struggles

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🗣️ Serious Conversation

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🌄 A Temporary Escape

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🌏 Soul-Searching in SE Asia

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🏃‍♂️ Escaping the Picture-Perfect Life

Our protagonist, a 28-year-old man, has been married to his wife for 5 years. They met in a conservative church, married young, and followed all the rules. On the surface, they're the perfect Christian couple. But behind closed doors, our protagonist feels trapped. He's been dreaming of traveling, living abroad, and experiencing new things, but feels like his youth has been stolen from him. 😔 He's considering leaving his wife to start a new life in another country. They've tried counseling, and his wife knows how he feels, but she's content with their current life. 🏡 He's even suggested taking a temporary break to explore SE Asia and figure out what he truly wants. 💭 Is he being selfish, or is it time for him to finally live for himself? Let's see what the internet thinks of this situation... 🌐💬

Take a sabbatical, travel, and reflect on your unfulfilled dreams. 🌍

hugh_h0ney | hugh_h0ney

Break free from societal norms and live for yourselves! 👊

WeaverofW0rlds | WeaverofW0rlds

Don't chase missed opportunities, focus on carving a path forward 👍

iLoveFemNutsAndAss | iLoveFemNutsAndAss

Escape the cage before it's too late! Divorce and move on 👏

lisazsdick | lisazsdick

Trained to believe marriage was the only way to happiness 💔

kam49ers4ever | kam49ers4ever

Is he really the a**hole for wanting to start over?

No-Possibility-5289 | No-Possibility-5289

Seek therapy, not escape. Discuss with spouse, take a vacation 🏝😊

JCBashBash | JCBashBash

Reevaluate your success and take a long vacation 🌍🙌

RarePeach8129 | RarePeach8129

Suggests talking to wife and not leaving for selfish reasons. 💬

harriswong2023 | harriswong2023

Escape the repression and follow your dreams 👏

9smalltowngirl | 9smalltowngirl

OP deserves to be happy too, read the post! 👏

Southern_Event_1068 | Southern_Event_1068

Don't let fear hold you back from exploring new opportunities 🙌

SmakeTalk | SmakeTalk

Follow your dreams, even if it hurts. 👍

wy3rnsmoon | wy3rnsmoon

Breaking free from religion and family pressure, NTA advises on marriage.

OldHumanSoul | OldHumanSoul

Don't set yourself on fire to keep someone else warm 💥

Velcrometer | Velcrometer

A sexless marriage: to leave or not to leave? 😕

hammond66 | hammond66

Leaving a marriage to pursue dreams: tough choice, no regrets! 🤞

tinytyranttamer | tinytyranttamer

Finding fulfillment without starting over: advice from experienced parent. 👍

aroundincircles | aroundincircles

Don't wait! Start over and let her start anew. NTA 👍

laviniastonguetwist | laviniastonguetwist

Don't chase a 'big' life at the cost of love 💔👯

x_hyperballad_x | x_hyperballad_x

Life's too short to live with regrets. Embrace new beginnings! 🌱

Chatty_Monkey_Don | Chatty_Monkey_Don

Breaking free from religious indoctrination and missed opportunities. 👏

ChiWhiteSox247 | ChiWhiteSox247

Divorce advice: Consider finances, no kids = good timing 👍

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A critical take on churches as cults and prioritizing happiness.

caryn1477 | caryn1477

Divorce and live life on your own terms! 👍

Lornesto | Lornesto

Don't let regrets bite. Pursue what makes you happy 👍

auntiechrist23 | auntiechrist23

NTA considers starting over, but commenter advises against it. Suggests traveling.

After_Hovercraft7808 | After_Hovercraft7808

It's tough, but sometimes you need to put yourself first. 💪

Mike_Underwood | Mike_Underwood

Divorce before kids, seek therapy, and live your best life 👌

flawedwithbaggage | flawedwithbaggage

Seeking fulfillment while married: travel club or separation options. NAH.

BougeeBaji | BougeeBaji

When the spark is gone, is it time to move on? 💰

Gold_Firefighter_448 | Gold_Firefighter_448

Choose happiness, even if it means making tough decisions. ❤️

[deleted] | [deleted]

Prioritize your happiness. Don't sacrifice it for anyone else's.

mrjepoc | mrjepoc

Seeking individual therapy for religious trauma and wanting to experience life. NTA 👍

[deleted] | [deleted]

Take control of your life and part ways amicably. ✌🏻

jacksonlove3 | jacksonlove3

Consider following your dreams with your loved one ❤️

Scar3cr0w_ | Scar3cr0w_

It's not abandonment. Find happiness, even if it's far away. ✌🏻

yoshimamas | yoshimamas

Take charge of your happiness, sell the house, and go! 💯👏

GreenTravelBadger | GreenTravelBadger

Freeing oneself from religious indoctrination to create an authentic life. 💪🏻

darkchocolateonly | darkchocolateonly

Negotiate a separation to pursue dreams while staying married? 🤔

tiffanylan | tiffanylan

Transitioning out of a marriage can be lonely, but intentional. 💔

InternalAd3893 | InternalAd3893

Divorce is not cruel when you want different things. 💔

CuriousPenguinSocks | CuriousPenguinSocks

Follow your dreams and divorce respectfully. #LifeIsTooShort 👌

top_spin18 | top_spin18

Encouraging comment to leave church and pursue happiness 👏

ricketts82 | ricketts82

Mismatched sex drives after kids, therapy and help needed 💔

Money-Camera1326 | Money-Camera1326

Embrace change and live your best life. 👍

Ancient-Actuator7443 | Ancient-Actuator7443

Retire early or travel freely instead of drastic changes 🌎

SliverOwls | SliverOwls

A spicy judgement - YTA 🔥

paradocent | paradocent

Suggests opening marriage and therapy to deal with religious trauma. 😎

AdDangerous1243 | AdDangerous1243

Be honest with your partner about your dreams 💌💔 If they can't support you, move on 👋

Important-Anybody-74 | Important-Anybody-74

Visualize the reality of your dream. Test waters before nuking.

KeopL | KeopL

Take control of your life and build the future you want 💪🏻

Zolarosaya | Zolarosaya

Suggests a trial separation with clear boundaries and stipulations 👍

Screamcheese99 | Screamcheese99

Feeling trapped in marriage, seeking therapy for personal growth. 🙏

SnooWords4839 | SnooWords4839

Prioritize your own happiness and move on. 👍🏻

spectatorade | spectatorade

Consider therapy for religious abuse before leaving your spouse. 👨‍👩‍👢 Don't rush into decisions. 👍

CeanothusOR | CeanothusOR

Harsh judgment towards cults and their followers. No sympathy given. 😑

TransbianMoonWitch | TransbianMoonWitch

Don't live for others, start over and live for you 🙌

FrostZephyr | FrostZephyr

Time to move on? Divorce and live your best life 👌

tuna_tofu | tuna_tofu

Life's too short to be miserable. 🙌 NTA.

Outside-Ad-1677 | Outside-Ad-1677

Don't let regret ruin your present. Keep the love ❤

redogsc | redogsc

Finding balance and avoiding rash decisions before starting a family. 🙏

sextrait | sextrait

Don't wait for success to find happiness, start living now! 😊

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Is it fair to leave your spouse to pursue dreams? 🤔

Alucard_117 | Alucard_117

Explore the world 🌍 before settling down, if it's your dream.

Hinatasundance | Hinatasundance

Breaking free from a religious sect and starting over 👏

BodyBy711 | BodyBy711

Explore the world with your wife and discover new joys 🌎

CakePhool | CakePhool

Feeling stuck? Work with your partner or consider divorce. 💔

[deleted] | [deleted]

Sexual incompatibility and differing expectations may warrant a divorce 🤷‍♂️

Silver_Leonid2019 | Silver_Leonid2019

Harsh but true. Plenty of time left to chase dreams! 👏

bayleebugs | bayleebugs

Divorce suggestion met with harsh judgment. Tough situation. 😕

Capital_Barber_9219 | Capital_Barber_9219

Divorce now, travel later. Take back your life and explore! 🌎

SufficientComedian6 | SufficientComedian6

Take a step back and seek counseling to improve communication 👍

hnygrl412 | hnygrl412

Starting over: NTA recommends leaving before kids complicate things. 👍

Klutche | Klutche

Life is short, live it according to your own heart. ❤️

RandomlyPlacedFinger | RandomlyPlacedFinger

Life is too short to be unhappy. Follow your dreams! 🌎

cshell81 | cshell81

Life's too short to be unhappy in a marriage ❤

BlackStarBlues | BlackStarBlues

NTA. Travel solo, start with NZ, rent a car in Tasmania 🌍

Oldladygaming | Oldladygaming

Leaving a marriage is tough, but cheating is not the answer. ❤️

[deleted] | [deleted]

Divorce, explore and let her find someone who wants the same thing she does. 💓

NoCod3769 | NoCod3769

Growing up in conservative families can impact sex life. NTA. 👍

SuspiciousAd1990 | SuspiciousAd1990

Married at 22, feeling stuck at 28. Live life for you 👏

NarrowAd4973 | NarrowAd4973

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