Right. So the post I wrote on singleness over the weekend has prompted a couple of follow up points (from the discussion in the comments).
Here are two extra ideas. And they’re for the guys (mostly).
There was a comment that attempted to point out that while the point of my post was that you shouldn’t necessarily be stressed or impatient, I personally had made significant life changes in order to pursue a girl.
I’m not suggesting for a minute that guys should not pursue girls. I’m not suggesting you sit on your backside and wait for a girl to fall into your lap (though that quite literally worked for someone I know). It’s like prayer – no reformed Christian that I know prays about something and does nothing – you pray and act accordingly. It’s the same concept.
So, two points.
1. If you’re a guy and you want a specific girl – pursue her (until she either says yes when you ask her out) or makes it clear she’s not interested (though my theory is you get three strikes – because you want to be sure).
2. If you just want a girl in general, then don’t be desperate. Desperation is a turn off. For either gender. In my opinion. You’re better off being patient and content.
This time I can’t claim to have received that advice from my wise old grandfather.
So a while back I alluded to the fact that I was going to write something on singleness while I could still remember my single days enough to say something with sufficient empathy.
Here’s the post.
The best advice I received on singleness was from my incredibly wise, old, grandfather. Ever the pragmatist. He was deeply committed to my gran and they were married for a long, long time. His sage advice to me, a young upstart bemoaning my single state one afternoon in Inverell was:
“What are you worried about, I was 48 when I married your grandmother. You’ve got plenty of time.”
That is all.
I have perhaps two more posts on the environment in me, one coming up next… and one that’ll be the final version of my Salt article. I’m a bit bored with it anyway. For now.
So, if you want to suggest a new topic for me to think about and write about go for it. I promise it will be as hyperbolic and intolerant as I am capable of.
Also – I am considering writing about singleness. I was single once. Spectacularly so. And I think I’d like to write about it while I can still empathise with those struggling with it now. Plus it’s always topical. Any better ideas?