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So everyone you were friends with in high school is either in a serious relationship, engaged, married, having babies, or a combination of these... and you still can't get a guy to text you back? Yeah, tell me about it. It can be frustrating...but it isn't the end of the world.
I graduated high school in 2014. I remember being so eager for life to begin. I'd get a boyfriend, be married by the time I was 20, and popping out kids by 22. Now, here I am, 22, and so glad that is not how it happened.
At 18, I had no idea who I was. I'm still learning who I am. When you get married, or have a child, your life is no longer your own; you are now sharing your life with another human being. Marriage, in a way, is a loss of independence.
Right now, the choices I make for my life, affect my life. When I make a huge decision, I don't need to take into account what it will mean for my husband and children. I don't think that is something we need to be concerned about in our 20s.
Our 20s are for taking risks, and finding out who we really are.
About a year ago, I looked at all my friends from high school, and I felt inferior. They were all in serious relationships, some engaged, a few were married...and look at me. I was already a year into my career, I was finishing college online, I was working two jobs; I felt I was less accomplished because I didn't have a boyfriend.
Not to tear down people who get into serious relationships at a young age, but how many of them have a career? I had a friend who complained about how much she hated working retail, but she had a serious boyfriend and often told me how I could be living my life better. This girl still works jobs she hates, and has a great relationship, while I'm single and working in a job I love.
I'm not saying that young people should choose a career over love, but finding romance should not be our top priority. I'm also not saying I don't want a boyfriend. Of course it would be nice to have a relationship, but do I need one? No.
The last thing I want to do is tie myself down. I am on the cusp of adventure! Our twenties are all about adventure. For some of us, that adventure includes romance, but it is okay if it doesn't. Not having a significant other, does not make your story less important.
Being single gives us so much freedom. I want to take huge risks. I want to go back to school. I want to stay out late with my friends. I want to drink too much and do embarrassing things. I want to get a bunch of tattoos. I want to make tremendous mistakes. A person can certainly do these things if they're married or a parent; but a wife, and husband, a mother, or a father has to consider another person's life while doing these things.
Congratulations to the people who marry young, and the young parents. I am in no way saying that my life is better than yours, one of my best friends is a young mother, but my life is just as great.
Being single in my 20s is a great opportunity, that I am lucky to have. I hope that more people in our generation will see it this way. Being alone does not have to be a bad thing. YOU ARE LUCKY TO BE SINGLE.