The other day, I met a friend of mine for brunch,
when she broke the news: [high-pitched squealing]
YOU’VE BEEN CHOSEN YOU’VE BEEN CHOSEN And though I am genuinely happy for her, I also felt painfully aware that I have been single
for over a year now. I know, I know, thank you children, I have fulfilled the prophecy I made so long ago. But being single for this long has been interesting and hard, and terribly lonely, but also awfully fun. Hanging out with couples used to be… really… infuriating… but now? I haven’t had a human touch in a long time, you guys. Just let me have this. I mean yes, every time a friend has gotten engaged, there is a tinge of And thanks to my doctor, I am also hyper aware that – Your biological clock is ticking. – Tick tock on the clock, but the party don’t stop, no – Woah-woah oh-oh – Woah-woah. Oh-oh. And yes, all my friends my age who are also single are having conversations like – Oh, I am definitely freezing my eggos – Ugh, that’s just so expensive. I think I’m just gonna adopt – Adoption is expensive too and also really hard – [sighs] I’ll just marry a man-child then. I can have both. [laughs] [sighs] So in a mini freakout, I tweeted: All of my friends are getting engaged, married or having babies, and I’m over here just GENUINELY HAPPY FOR THEM BECAUSE I DO NOT COMPARE MY JOURNEY TO ANYONE ELSE’S AND NEITHER SHOULD YOU And I’m doing my best to live by this because, you know, compare and despair, and the more I embrace that the ends are in the steps I take, the more I’m able to resonate with this. It was especially enlightening when I was talking to a very happily married friend of mine It was sort of this like ‘I want what you have’ situation, where I was very envious of her stable loving marriage and she felt envious of my stable growing career. We were both looking at what the other had with
so much longing that we couldn’t really appreciate what we had in front of us. – What are you doing?
– Just hanging out, watching TV with my husband. – Mmm, man, I’m so jelly. I remember companionship. – What are you doing?
– Oh, just hanging out with my cat watching TV – Ugh, that sounds so great. I remember freedom. – Wanna trade?
– Wanna trade? Plus, I have several friends who also got married,
and had kids because they thought it was the right path
that they should take, but in hindsight, have realized – perhaps it wasn’t necessarily the right path for them at that time. Sometimes they wish they’d waited longer. Some feel trapped in unhappy marriages, and some regret giving up their careers and feel unfulfilled. And I say this not to highlight their unhappiness, but to remind you and myself that it’s really easy to look at what someone else has and idealize it. Whether you’re achieving professional success or engaged to your person, there are still going to be issues to deal with,
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