“Why haven’t you had a boyfriend since birth? Ah maybe you’re intimidating because you’re smart.”
“Perhaps she’s got a strong personality that boys don’t find attractive.”
“Is it because you’re not pretty enough to some? But you’re lovely! There must be something else wrong!”
“You must have been too focused on your studies that you didn’t even consider it in the future. The future you’re in now.”
“You’re not getting any younger! Or maybe you want to grow old on your own?”
“Maybe you don’t prefer men?” (WHAT?! THIS IS THE WORST.)
ON AND ON IT GOES. I know I’m not the only one that heard these comments and ‘compliments’ from family, friends, workmates, and even strangers you’ve only known five minutes ago. I’m 22 years old and never had a boyfriend since birth. I still can’t entirely figure out why this is such a big issue to some.
I met a new group of girls and we were having a talk about relationships. I’ve been quiet the whole time until one of the girls asked me about that aspect of my life. I told them the truth and shared that I chose to remain single and did not give any intention to anyone that I wanted to be in a relationship. The girl who asked then said, “Girls, when a boy shows interest in us, we should entertain them because later on we’ll truly regret doing otherwise. We’ll come to a point when we feel lonely and seem that we have a part of us that’s missing.”
We only met and here she is telling me that I made the wrong decision. No, I could not hold my silence and said, “I don’t regret it. I don’t feel lonely and I am not in need of anyone’s attention to feel complete. I’m happy of my decision and he’s happy wherever he is. When I finally decide to get into a relationship I want to be whole and not half, making him complementary in my life and not just a piece of a puzzle I was looking for.”
She agreed in my opinion and we quickly changed the topic so as to get rid of the steam around us. Please, do not instill on everyone that we’re all halves meant to be made whole by respective partners. We can be single and complete with or without a romantic partner.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against being in a relationship nor do I plan on being single all my life. I’m a hopeless romantic. I love romance and I admire couples who’ve been through all sorts of storms but still manage to be together, and I do dream for a family of my own.
I’ve thought about this through and through for the past few months and I’ve come up with good reasons why I’m single and never been in a relationship:
1. I was focused on my studies. That doesn’t mean that anyone who’s been in a relationship while being a student means doing the opposite, it simply means that I did NOT show any intention of being in a relationship while I was one. I’m not pertaining that it’s a distraction, but for me it’s unfair to get myself in one when I couldn’t commit myself to invest time for him when obviously, he’s not a priority at that point of my life.
2. Trust issues. My father left home for that reason you were having in your mind. Unconsciously, the pain I had (or rather, I still have), in one way or another, is making me doubt whether I could trust any man. As open-minded as I may be, it’s not that easy to tear down the walls I’ve built over the years and risk my fragile self. It might take time before I could really trust a man with my heart, as the first man I ever loved broke it.
3. I don’t want a pastime relationship. For me it’s immature to get into one without the intention of marriage. I’ve witnessed the conflict this has brought to married couples. It doesn’t help to give a part of me to a man I’m not even sure of.
4. I want to be whole and pure for my future husband. Not everyone will understand this but this is my philosophy as a Christian woman, and those who understand already knows what I mean without any further explanations.
It’s not easy living in a society that sees single men and women incomplete. Not everyone is the same and we’ve all different perspectives in life. Some chose to stay single but are as happy as they can be. You see, singlehood should not be a burden to anyone but should be a stage where we all embrace our individuality without having to depend on anyone.
I choose to stay single for the time being. When the man for me comes it surely will not be easy to give up all the perks of being independent but I’ve faith he’ll prove to me he was worth the wait. Moreover, I believe he’s that one man I’d be willing to give up my single life on. For the mean time, let me work on being a better version of myself.
Wherever/whoever he may be… He’s one lucky man.