The trials and tribulations of being in relationships and finding a life partner:
Plenty of us have a have a story to tell.
But plenty also don’t…Yet.
You see, some of us marry our high school sweetheart and grow up together, before we grow old together.
Some of us have many short but sweet relationships over many years, before eventually finding ‘The One.’
Then there’s those of us who have a little less luck and find ourselves in a vicious cycle of one failed, unhealthy relationship after another.
Not a good one, or a bad one. A short one, or a long one.
Their dating experience might vary from pashes, dates, hot flings, and even hotter sex, to none of the above — but one thing has forever remained the same:
Relationship Status: Single.
No ‘partner’, so to speak.
No boyfriend or girlfriend. Ever.
This is for the women who, when it comes to finding a life partner, spend a lot of time watching the clock.
“Oh my goodness. I’m 30 and I’m not married/in love/in a relationship.”
“What on Earth is wrong with me?!”
One of the biggest reasons people worry if they aren’t in (or have ever been) in a long term relationship is because it seems like everyone else is.
Perhaps everyone else in your circle of friends really is all loved up — and you’re always the third wheel.
Remember, you don’t have to have the same relationship status as them in order to fit in and be ‘normal’. You still have value to add to the other people in your life — even if they happen to come in pairs.
You don’t need to exile yourself from the group in search of other singletons.
You don’t need a partner in order to feel fulfilled and enjoy life. Until you find a long-term partner to share life’s experiences with, be happily single in the meantime.
Maximise time with the people already in your life — the ones who uplift you and bring joy to your days.
Spend time with yourself.
You’ll look back at this time and remember what you did and how you felt — and not necessarily on who you did or didn’t share it with.
Revel in your freedom — do the things now that don’t necessarily come so freely to those who are ‘committed’ to other people.
You know what we’re talking about. Travel. Career changes. Spontaneous decisions. Solitude.
Enjoy all the things you can do without having to compromise or consider another person’s needs, wants and desires.
Just because you have not yet found someone who can intimately and exclusively appreciate all of your amazing qualities, does not mean you don’t possess those traits.
You are beautiful. You are unique. You are special and you are worthy.
Do not define yourself, or allow your sense of self-worth or confidence to be determined by your relationship status — or lack thereof.
The most important thing is that you are practicing self-love and looking after Number One.
Cultivating a high level of self-worth will ensure you are open and ready to meet Mr or Miss Right.
There’s a myth that perpetually single people have ridiculous, unrealistic and unachievable standards for what they are looking for in a partner.
Remember, it’s perfectly fine to be selective. Picky, even.
After all, you deserve the very best.
Believe that the right person, who ticks all of the right boxes, is out there — and you don’t have to settle for anything less just for the sake of changing your relationship status.
It’s always the elephant in the room when you’re at family gatherings or social events. Or, at least it feels that way.
All those well-meaning questions from Aunts, colleagues and strangers, even? You’ve heard ‘em all before, no doubt.
“So why haven’t you got a boyfriend?”
“Why are you still single?”
“Do you have a lover yet?”
“When are you going to find someone?”
“You still haven’t met someone?”
You don’t have to justify why you’re single.
You don’t have to come up with an excuse; such as you’re too picky, too busy, or too focused on your career.
You just are, and that’s perfectly OK.
Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, 40s or later — you still have years of dating, relationships and even marriage, ahead of you.
Just because you’re stretching into a new decade and still on your own doesn’t mean you’ve been left on the shelf and it will always be this way.
There is no time limit on falling in love and there is no set age by which you should meet ‘The One’. The right moment comes at different times for everyone and for some people, it never comes at all.
The right time to meet someone is when it is right for you.
Whether it’s coming from yourself or those around you, you’re probably feeling the pressure to meet someone.
But have you ever considered the possibility that you’re just not ready?
You should enter into a committed partnership when you feel 100% comfortable with the idea and comfortable with who you are as a person.
Perhaps you need to find yourself and get to know who you are, first.
Until you’ve figured out what you want in life, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to figure out a whole other person and successfully fit them into your life.
So focus on yourself, do the inner work, and make yourself feel happy and whole, first.
On the same note, it takes two to tango – maybe your perfect partner for just isn’t ready for you yet, either.
Speed dating. Online dating. Blind dates.
You’ve probably tried it all, but generally, things fizzle out before the night’s even over.
And then you’re in search of the next one and then the next one, in the hope that one of them will eventually turn into “something more”.
Don’t let yourself get caught up in a desperate frenzy of superficial one-on-one social engagements and rendezvous, all for the sake of hopefully scoring yourself an official relationship.
There’s a good chance this tactic won’t work out because you’re not being mindful of the process.
Not all love stories begin with a long, busy and detailed ‘Dating Chapter’.
Slow down, and let it happen organically.
Be intentional about the dates you do go on.
Respect yourself and the other person.
Take it slow.
Don’t fret if you haven’t got a date locked in for next Saturday night — you won’t miss out.
The opportunity to meet someone will present itself at the right time. Don’t force it.
Are you yet to find yourself in a long-term relationship? Do you feel the pressure? Share your experience with us in the comments below!