Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Cameron. Humans are social animals; we all naturally crave close bonds with others, and there isn’t anything wrong with that. Moreover, any joy is greater when shared. I can relate to feeling thankful for where I am in life and yet wishing I could share those joys with a partner, or suspecting that my most amazing memories would feel even more amazing if I had someone who could reminisce on them at my side, years down the line. But to some extent, we can’t control when that happens for us, and so it’s up to us meanwhile simply to reflect, find the silver lining in our current situation (whatever that may be), and continue forward, making course corrections where needed. I’m sure I don’t need to say that there’s no one path and there’s no one answer. All we can really do is remain open to discovering ways to enjoy and appreciate the journey even more deeply.
This piece was meant to help singles who feel unfulfilled (in their career trajectories) to see some of the potential blessings in their current situation. But what you describe is also relatable to many, and I hope someone writes about that too.