(I am going to talk about sex here - not graphically, this isn't that kind of blog, but I will be talking about the topic frankly and openly. Just a warning, for those who might want one.)
This may be a shock to you, but romance and pairing off isn't the be-all and end-all of life.
I know, weird, huh?
Of course if you listen to books, films, and the media in general, then no-one can be happy without it. Especially not women.
Middle-aged, able-bodied, cishet, white dudes get the occasional 'it's ok to be single' pass, but women, and pretty much anyone else? Nope.
OK, this may seem like an anti-Valentine's post, but it's not. There's nothing wrong with Valentine's day.
If you've found romantic love, then celebrate it, by all means! And I am genuinely happy for you if that's the case.
But I don't pity single people. For a start I am single. I've actually never had a boyfriend, girlfriend, or significant other.
And yes, because you're wondering but are (hopefully) too polite to ask, I'm a virgin.
(That's not to say I've never done anything with sexual undertones *ahem*... which we won't go into here... but the actual sex - or kissing, actually, for that matter - just hasn't happened yet.)
I do find it a little embarrassing to admit that. Not because I'm in any way ashamed of it, but because people look at you like you should be embarrassed, or like there's something wrong with you.
But - and this is important - THERE'S NOTHING SHAMEFUL ABOUT BEING A VIRGIN, AND THERE'S NOTHING SHAMEFUL ABOUT NOT BEING A VIRGIN.
The timing has never been right with the right person for me. And that's ok. For other people, the timing has been right, and the person has been right, and that's ok too.
I'm not naïve - I know how everything works, I have desire (except when I'm asexual for a while,) I'm just happy to wait until things are right.
Why do we make such a big deal out of the social status of sex and romance? They do NOT define you as a person, they are just one aspect of a multi-faceted personality.
That's not to say that they can't be important, and can't be meaningful. But they aren't ALL there is to life.
Single people can be happy. The 'happily ever after' doesn't need marriage, or a baby, or living together forever and ever.
And if the single characters could not spend every moment miserable about being single? That'd be good too. Thanks.
So, to single folks, here's some home truths:
- it's ok to be single
- it's ok not to have a long-term partner
- it's ok to not know whether you'll ever get married
- it's ok to not settle if things aren't right for you
- it's ok not to know whether you'll ever have a/nother romantic partner - if it happens, it's gotta be right FOR YOU
- it's ok to not want a romantic and/or sexual partner - some people just don't
- it's ok to either HAVE OR NOT HAVE casual sex - that's your call, no-one else's.
- it's ok to enjoy your relationship
- it's ok to not know how long this will last
- it's ok for this not to last, or for it to last forever, or somewhere in between
- it's ok to leave if things aren't right
- it's ok to stay and try to work things through if things aren't right (except in cases of abuse, where I would suggest leaving for your own safety)
- it's ok to do what's right for you
I guess what I'm getting at here guys is that we really shouldn't judge people by stuff like this - and we certainly shouldn't hold ourselves to other people's standards.
And you guys? You do what's right for you, when it's right for you.
Keep things consensual, safe, and respectful, and there's nothing wrong.
What you want matters guys, please remember that.
Like this post? Check out some of these:
- The Alternative Valentine's Playlist Part 1 - Diverse Love
- The Alternative Valentine's Playlist Part 2 - Unusual Love Songs
- The Alternative Valentine's Playlist Part 3 - Destructive Love
- Nerd Church - Share the Love
- Nerd Church - Being Yourself And Other Extreme Sports