Thoughts for Thursday (11) - 20-Something and Single

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20-Something and Single

I said I would get personal in 2014 so here goes...

I am about to turn 25 and I am single and this is something that seriously stresses me out. I am surrounded by people that are either married, engaged or in a stable long-term relationship and I can't help but feel like I am behind in the game. I feel this pressure to be on the road to marriage and I'm no where close. I am meeting so few people even date-worthy that my relationship status has little to no hope of changing any time soon. And I feel like this is only going to get harder as I get older. I feel time passing like this huge weight on my shoulders.

I guess the million dollar question is if I want to be in a relationship and the answer is yes, and not just because I feel like I should be. But I am not willing to settle for fear of dying alone with cats. At least not yet. Admittedly, I could try harder. But I am trying. I am dating and keeping an open mind. But since my normal routine/circle of friends is not bringing me into contact with new guys, it's getting to that point where I am forced to step out of my comfort zone and I need to decide how far I am willing to go to meet new people. Like, is it time to try online dating?

I just feel so discouraged. I hate that it feels like my only options are to stay single or put myself in a situation I don't want to be in in hopes of meeting someone. I tell myself that I am still young and have lots of time but I can't help but still worry. I don't think I should just wait around for the unlikelihood that I will stumble upon Mr. Right. This is the one part of my life that I am unhappy about that I can't just easily fix.

And maybe it's just my paranoia, but I feel like people think something is wrong with me when I tell them I am single. Maybe I am biased, but I don't think anything is wrong with me. It's just really hard to meet people. That.. and I am kind of a homebody.

I apologize if I sound ranty or silly and I hope I don't offend anyone. I am just putting myself out there and sharing something about my personal life that maybe some of you can relate to. I barely had the courage to post this.

If anyone understands how I am feeling or has some happy endings to share, I'd love to hear from you!
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