We live in a time where many of us pour tons of time and money into staving off the signs of aging—whether that means dutifully applying eye serum every night before bed, or hitting up your derm for some preventative Botox in your twenties.
But some disturbing data shows that as women, if we want to be attractive as we age, the best thing we can do is really just not age past 20.
And sadness because you realize that you don't have what they do, and you want it.
For a moment, you lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel.
You begin to question whether you will ever find the love those couples have, or if you're just destined to be a crazy old person who owns a ton of pets and whose house the neighborhood children avoid on Halloween (because there are obviously rumors that you're a witch/warlock).
Seeing couples makes you more acutely aware of your singleness and suddenly, being single isn't something that's fun and freeing, but instead perpetually lonely.
A perpetually-single person is someone who is never in a relationship. I have never been in a relationship (because, unfortunately, I've been told having a dream of dating Liam Payne doesn't count), so I know what being perpetually single is like.
This person has managed to skip over the awkward high school romances, and defied expectations by not meeting someone in college. I know that it has its ugly parts, its bad parts and its good parts.
They discount your opinions on the subject of love because you've never been in a relationship, so how would you know things? Your friends give off the vibe that they're not taking you seriously, simply because of your perpetual singleness.You know they all mean well, but it's kind of annoying.They start to drop subtle hints to you, like when your cousin is getting married, and everyone wants to know if you'll be next (which you obviously won't be because in order for you to be next, the marriage would definitely have to be arranged).“If we want to pick the point where a man’s sexual appeal has reached its limit, it’s there: 40,” Rudder notes. And a 50-year-old man is really gunning for a 22-year old on his arm.
What these stats imply: “A woman’s at her best when she’s in her very early twenties. Or, you can look at it this way: Men’s expectations never grow up.It's just that people are intimidated by someone who is smart/good-looking/funny/driven/confident/mature/enter-any-other-reassuring-compliment-here."It's Like, thanks for the compliments, but right now those are not what you want to hear.