Women often postpone their lives thinking that if they're not with a partner then it doesn't really count. They're still searching for their prince in a way. And as much as we don't discuss that because it's too embarrassing and too sad I think it really does exist.
In my world history comes down to language and art. No one cares much about what battles were fought who won them and who lost them - unless there is a painting a play a song or a poem that speaks of the event.