To think it may never happen for me(46 Posts)
I'm 25 years old. I'm not in a relationship. I live alone, in London, with an ok job. I have an ok social life with friends I meet up with.
I've always stuck to the feminist line - 'I don't need to be in a relationship to be happy' 'I'd rather be alone than be with someone who doesn't fulfil me' 'my life would be perfectly complete without children'. And i stand by this. But I'm scared.
I want a child. I want to be in a happily married relationship. I want a partnership with someone that I can build a life with. I've even posted my hypothetical daughters name on this site to gauge an opinion!
Have I left it too late? Please, I really need some reassurance from people that were in a similar situation at 25. Is it too late? Should I have made this a priority before now?
I know this is aibu, so my aibu is this - aibu to think that marriage and a child will never happen for me?
oh and having a child with someone ties you to them in a way which no marriage license or house purchase could ever do. You can divorce, you can sell a house, but you will have to deal with the father of your child for at least 20 years, so choose wisely!
Not from personal experience but just from observations of people who don't want to 'commit' to buying a house together but have multiple children together. That's committing.
I must admit I felt like you do at your age. Most of my friends had paired off in their early twenties and lots of Wedding and even a few Christening invitations were starting to come my way in my mid-twenties, and I started to think there was something wrong with me, and I'd end up living alone with sixteen cats.
I also had an okay job rather than a fulfilling career, and my social life ended up being a bit sub-par as my friends were all too busy with husbands/boyfriends/babies to fit me in as much.
I shouldn't have worried so much, and I'm incredibly glad I didn't grab up any Mr-not-quite-rights in a fit of desperation.
I decided I couldn't do my dull job all my life without going
more bonkers, so re-trained at 26, found a career I loved, made some new friends and through one of them I met a great guy. We are now married and recently started TTC our first child - (I'm almost 32 now.)
So I don't see why it can't happen for you.
Ok I don't think you have left things too late, however, having observed my friends (and long my own life) the time after 25 flies by and all of a sudden you will be in you 30s and people will be saying very very different things.
So I would say, use your time wisely. Don't waste your years. I have seen friends waste their 20s in a variety of ways. A few moved to work in places where they would have very few chances of meeting available/compatible men. Others wasted years on men who were not really 'available' or 'compatible' .
Don't panic and make silly choices but be aware that time isn't really on your side so make sure you make every decision with this in mind.
I'm in my 30s and of my friends who settled down on their early 20s they are almost all divorced and/or single parents now (not saying that's the case for everyone, I married young myself and we're still happily together, but it hasn't been plain sailing and ideally I think it would have been better if we'd met a little bit later, if I'm totally honest)
So what I'm trying to say is, just because friends of yours seem to have it all sorted it won't necessarily stay that way for them. I think a slight wobble in your mid twenties is not that unusual but whatever you do don't let your standards slip as a result.
There are plenty of wiser posters than me replying but your question has made me think.
I remember thinking when I was 13 that 25 would be a good age to get married and start a family. That's because at 13 everything over the age of 18 seems ancient. I'm 25 now and looking back I really understand how YOUNG 13 is! So I'm sure in another ten years I'll look back and think man... when I was 25 I was clueless...
For what it's worth I have never had an expectation of a perfect relationship etc as you describe, but I have friends who do and they just end up disappointed. One girl has her wedding picked out to the last detail, has her boyfriend proposed? Has he shite. She goes on about it all the time and it's so awkward. Another one would rather be with ANYONE than be single. That to me is so much worse than being by myself.
I met my boyfriend in January 2012, and in October I discovered I was pregnant. It all happened fast and is quite scary, but I love him completely and we'll manage. Perhaps in ten years things will be different between us, but there's no point worrying about it.
What I'm trying to say is that everything can change quicker than you think so please don't wish your life away waiting for something or worrying that something won't happen.
I met my now dh when I was 27, and had my ds2 when I was 31. We were just friends for a year before it changed to "dating" rather than just hanging out with each other.
Too late? At 30 ish I was wondering if it'd ever happen for me. At 33 I met my wonderful dp. At 34 I had my gorgeous ds.
Op, at 25 I would work on your own personal fulfilment first. Don't just have an ok job, look for a great job. Go travelling. Find a great hobby.
Everytng else will follow. It is much better to go I to a long term relationship once you have lived fully yourself.
At 25 I was married with a dd.
At 28 I was divorced and thought my life was over.
At 29 I went completely mad and had a couple of teenage years. Drunk a lot. Had a lot of younger boyfriends.
At 30 I met my second husband on plenty of fish!
Fast forward a few years... I am happily married and now have ds 10 months.
You have plenty of time!! Don't spend your twenties worrying about it. Just meet lots of people and enjoy yourself. That's what I wish I'd done.
You might have thought that you would have it all sorted by 25 but then life happened.
I always thought I'd be a young mum - but didn't have DS1 until I was 40. Hey ho, eh?!
Just to repeat - you are still young. You have plenty of time. Go out more, socialise, join clubs (ones you are interested in, there's no point joining e.g. a cycling club, meeting someone who loves going cycling and getting together with him, and then realising that you loathe cycling)
At 25 I had been in my first relationship for 9y. At 27, that one was over, thankfully with no children and just prior to the wedding (phew!). I then reverted to teenage status and just went out and enjoyed myself with friends (admittedly most of whom were either still single or in non-longterm relationships) and did stuff I wanted to. Had a few boyfriends but nothing serious; then met DH when I was 35. I have to admit this was later than I would have liked, especially as he had plans that involved overseas living, hence not having DS1 until 40 and DS2 at 45. But still! I regret nothing.
I hadn't met DH at 25 (was still married to his predecessor, in fact), now at 34 an happily married to a nice man and have a great DD.
However, if you do feel ready to start looking for a life partner, I think you should try internet dating - so many of my friends of both genders who were ready to settle down met partners this way.
I feel the same way. My friends are all having babies!!
Bought some slightly odd dating style books ....
Sort your career out. Figure out what you want to do and do it. It should be interesting AND well-paid enough for you to have a comfortable life on just your income. The man stuff will happen later but if it doesn't, this way you'll be fine either way.
YABU! At 25 I had never had a relationship, and when i was 30 i was starting to get really worried. Met DH at 30, married at 34,
You have lots of time. And what Holla says above.
I was like you. Panicked at 29 because I wasn't married. Wasted lots of time with unsuitable idiots and probably did balls up my chances.
Now I look back and think how young and foolish I was and how I wish someone had told me just to calm down, stop worrying and try to figure out what I wanted rather than chasing this notion that you have to be in a relationship or your life lacks meaning.
Of course it must be lovely to meet someone who loves you and is on your Team but worrying about it is futile and actually quite destructive, at least in my experience.
You really are very, very young but I appreciate you may not accept this until you are looking back on your life 20 years from now. Don't force it, don't panic - like others have said, concentrate on living a good, full life, do things that interest you, find out what you really like, don't make decisions that isolate you from change or meeting people.
The time to worry is definitely NOT now.
I agree with Spero also. My best friend was really worried at about your age and panicking, so she married the first man who would marry her. It really was a disaster. (Is still a disaster, she does not believe in divorce so they have been desperately unhappy for 16 years now... they detest each other. It is just a tragic waste of two people's lives.)
YABU. Enjoy your life now, make the most of it and a relationship and everything else will fall into place.
Hanging onto the nearest man is not advisable, you'll only end up unhappy.
You are still young, please don't sweat the small stuff.
When I was 25 I hadn't had a relationship lasting more than 6 months. I was starting to think I just couldn't do relationships. I decided to make the most of being single, and tried to forget about it. At 27 I met DH, now at 37 I am a happily married Mum of 1.
I remember how frustrating it can be. I wish now that I could have known the future, so I could have relaxed and enjoyed being single! I think that YANBU to think it might not happen for you, but it is far more likely that it will, so for now try to enjoy the freedom you have!
Well, you've probably got over twenty years to go before the menopause, so I wouldn't rule out babies just yet.
At 25 I was thinking I'd be single and surrounded by cats forever. Was quite resigned to the fact, although it got me down when I thought about how my sister and my mother both had their first babies at 25 and I wasn't going to be doing the same. Turned 26, met a nice bloke, decided to give him a go, made it clear early on I was aiming for something long-term with kids rather than a fling. DD turned up a month ago. I'll be 28 in a few weeks.
So you never know what's round the corner. Keep an open mind, give people a chance, enjoy yourself, and get lots of sleep while you can, because when you do meet the right chap and have babies it will be a scarce luxury.
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