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Tired of Being Alone – The Singles Trap

Dear Anthony,

I’m absolutely fed up!  I’m done!  I’m tired of the singles trap and everyone telling me it’s just not my turn yet!  Why isn’t it my turn?  Why must it take so long?  I’m tired of being alone!  I’m tired of having no one to share my life with!  I’m trying not to be upset with God, but seriously, enough is enough!  And if you tell me it will happen in God’s time, I’m done with you, too.  I don’t mean any disrespect, but I can’t handle hearing anymore pious mumbo jumbo. 

That’s a lot of exclamation points, indicating a lot of frustration.  I can’t blame you, especially about not wanting to hear the same “pious mumbo jumbo” anymore.  Of course, it’s not mumbo jumbo at all, but I will admit that many of us advisor types can tend to take the easy way out by saying,“It’s all in God’s time” or “When it’s meant to happen to you, it will” or “I’ll pray for you”.

We take that easy way out sometimes because frankly, we just don’t have the answer.

When people are suffering, what they need most is empathy. I have no idea what you are going through and what factors are contributing to your obvious suffering.  I only know for certain that you are in pain.

You want some answers and fast.  But, that’s not going to happen.  It’s futile to insist on and force solutions, and even more futile to succumb to anger and bitterness.

It’s very interesting that you mentioned being tired of “the singles trap.”  That’s actually exactly what you have fallen into, perhaps without even realizing it.  The singles trap is the belief that life is meaningless as an unmarried person. Marriage makes happiness possible at last.

You might be saying, “That’s rubbish! That’s not what I think.”  Maybe not consciously,   but consider how you feel, and what you are saying as a result of your frustration.  You hate it that you are still single, and don’t want to be single anymore.  That’s valid enough.  I fully support that. But not to the point that you harbor anger, bitterness, excessive frustration, and resentment.

These attitudes are fashioned over time through voluntarily allowing negative realities to penetrate to the depths of the self.  You are slowly but surely become these negatives.  You allow your personal peace and happiness that are gifts of God to be rattled or replaced by the anger.

God created you first and foremost to love Him, serve Him, and be with Him forever in Heaven.  He did not create you to be married.  Marriage is not the answer to your happiness, nor the solution to your overcoming your anger.  That’s a trap.  The singles trap, to be exact.

It sounds to me that you believe you are entitled to be married by now and you are on a quest to find out why you’re not.

There are undoubtedly reasons why you are still single.  Some of it’s probably your fault.  Some of it’s probably the fault of your parents and your upbringing.  Some of it’s probably the fault of free will and those who sadly chose to break up with you for stupid reasons.  Some it probably has nothing to do with fault at all.  But one thing’s for sure…..it’s not God’s fault.

In fact, it’s also futile to look for fault at all.  When you do find out where the fault lies, it doesn’t help.  It might provide some kind of distorted satisfaction, but you don’t find peace and happiness.

You can let anger run aggressively and recklessly until it becomes who you are, thus you are habitually a bitter, nasty, unenjoyable person to be around.

And then congratulations!  You just made yourself completely unattractive to anyone who might be a prospective candidate for a marriage partner.

Do you see what I’m getting at?  You might very well have good reasons for being upset as to why you are still single, but you can’t give into it.  It’s not worth it.  You only hurt yourself, and your chances of finding love.

You might never really know why you are still single.  But you are. You are still the unique person God created you to be. He made you for love.  Maybe you won’t live that love in the context of marriage. There are so many ways to give yourself away in love for God and neighbor that can fulfill your life and provide a lasting peace and happiness.

I realize that’s easier said than done.  But honestly, what choice do you have?  Keep succumbing to the anger, and you isolate yourself from God, the source of all love and happiness.

Have some people in your life you can trust and are empathetic when you need to vent.  This will help you prevent your natural and understandable frustrating moments from becoming part of who you are.

Give all your problems, emotions, and negativity to God (really letting it go and making it His problem), and you are truly free.

It might be pious mumbo jumbo to say it, but be happy that you were created by God, that you are loved intimately by God, and that you are destined to be with God. Your life has purpose and meaning regardless of marriage.  Be happy, and don’t let anything or anyone take it from you.


Anthony Buono is the author of Would You Date You? and founder of Avemariasingles.com. For thousands of Catholic singles, Anthony offers guidance, humor, understanding, and practical relationship advice.  Visit his blog at 6stonejars.com


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  • factdraggerr

    I am reminded of a sardonic response by a priest, when a married person said to him “wow, life must be so much better as a religious, just loving God and serving His people, with so many people looking to you and caring about you, plus the consolation of total dedication to Our Lord. I envy you so much! marriage and family life can be such a trial…”
    He replied: “the grass can be brown on the other side too.”

  • wild rose

    This article lets me to empathize with those who have chosen the single state of life. Everyone needs someone to put a wet wash cloth on our forehead when we’re sick.

    While preparing for Mass one of the altar servers asked “What’s it like to be a priest?”
    The priest answered, “It’s just like married life. Some days it’s good, some days it’s not so good.”

  • noelfitz

    Reading this article and the comments I am reminded of Dr Samuel Johnson’s quote “Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.”

    By the way, the Internationale Eucharistic Congress in Dublin was a huge success.

  • As a lifelong bachelor I have relished the freedom that I’ve had to live and seek God. As a young man I went to Alaska, found a job, and spent four amazing years on the northern rim of the continent. After Alaska I’ve had many opportunities to serve the Church, serve others, and give of myself in a way more complete than I could have if I’d had a family.

    Don’t get me wrong, I still have days when I wish for a wife and a houseful of kids. But that wasn’t meant to be, for reasons I don’t fully understand. I’m very grateful to have had my chance, and I know that God is good.

    Your friend should avoid the trap of bitterness and be grateful for the opportunity to do things that would otherwise be impossible. Life is a gift and is meant to be lived as one, regardless of our circumstances.

  • wild rose

    PrairieHawk, thank you for sharing about your state in life and your work in God’s kingdom. We all need to bloom where we are planted and work in God’s vineyard to serve the Church.

    noelfitz,
    You’re so fortunate to attend an Internationale Eucharist Congress in Dublin. The Eucharist is the center of our faith and it opens hearts and mind.