Thought Catalog

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve watched my friends pair off. Temporarily and fleetingly in high school, longer and more lasting in college, and now, permanently. Throughout it all, I’ve remained single. Too shy, too insecure, too…whatever. I got used to my role as the Single One — I was even okay with it. As an introvert, I not only like my alone time, I need it. But, somewhere along the line, I stopped just being single and started being lonely. Most days I’m both. And try as my paired up friends might, they don’t seem to fully understand what it’s like to watch everyone around you fall in love. (Confession: I’m A 32-Year-Old Virgin, But Not By Choice.) They don’t understand what it means to be lonely. So let me tell you.

1. You are nobody’s first priority.

 Between boyfriends and girlfriends and spouses…

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