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April 15, 2011
Settling down has a definite set of mainstream connotations in the US. It means marrying, or, at its most liberal, shacking up. It is bundled with the notion of a couple set on living together and being or having a family and all the attendant responsibilities.

For me, though, it simply means acquiring responsibilities and pursuing them in a mature, thoughtful fashion irrespective of the presence of mates or offspring. Financial, social, and job-related responsibilities. Providing for yourself at the most basic. Making your own decisions, and living up to some set of standards.

Maybe even that's too complex.