What If We Never Find True Love... (2023)


It's a nightmarish scenario of course, that we might never find the sort of love we long for. And yet, being prepared for such an eventuality lies at the heart of the art of living - for it is only once we are properly reconciled to the possibility of never finding love that we can be liberated from romantic ideals and can start to appreciate what remains beautiful and meaningful.
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“From the start of adulthood, we have been waiting. We understood love intuitively long before it was ever a practical possibility. We knew that it was bound up with a sense of being profoundly understood and finally able to say everything, without fear of judgement or censure. Love was a two-person conspiracy against everyone else too dumb or leaden to get ‘it’, the true nature of being alive. It had to do with fancying someone totally and the amazingness that they might fancy you back, to the extent that you could do anything with them, like rest a finger inside their mouth and ask them to bite it hard. We imagined from the first that love might be the best part of life – and we were not wrong.
In the name of love, we put ourselves in extraordinary situations. We went out far more than we would have wanted. We bought fancy clothes, we thought about our hair and worried about our spots, we drank intensely coloured cocktails, we ended up at small hours in alien parts of town, in the bedrooms of people we knew weren’t right but that seemed at least in some way to be an advance on the cause. We accepted dates with people we knew were problematic because we wanted not to ossify or grow too peculiar. It wasn’t always right, in fact, it was mostly always wrong, but we kept our spirits up and told ourselves it would eventually be OK, as they kindly assured us it would be…”


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Since the start of adulthood, we have been waiting.

We understood love intuitively long before it was ever a practical possibility.

We knew that it was bound up with a sense of being profoundly understood.

And finally able to say everything without fear of judgment, or censure love was a two-person conspiracy against everyone else, too dumb or leaden to get it.

The true nature of being alive.

It had to do with fancying someone totally and the amazingness that they might fancy you back to the extent that you could do anything with them like rest a finger inside their mouth and asked them to bite it hard.

We imagined from the first that love might be the best part of life.

And we weren't wrong in the name of love.

We put ourselves in extraordinary situations.

We went out far more than we would have wanted.

We bought fancy clothes.

We thought about our hair and worried about our spots.

We drank intensely colored cocktails.

We ended up at small hours in alien parts of town in the bedrooms of people when you weren't quite right.

But that seemed at least in some way to be an advance on the cause.

We accepted dates with people when you were problematic, because we wanted not to ossify or grow alone and peculiar.

It wasn't always right, in fact, it was mostly always wrong, but we kept our spirits up and told ourselves.

It would eventually be okay, as they kindly assured us.

It would be.

But time passed decades went by we got in meshed in some very troubling situations that look like love from the outside, but were anything.

But we spent far too long extra gating ourselves and finding our voice.

And at a certain point, we started to apprehend something whose terror we're still grappling with probably late at night because such things aren't easy to look at in daylight, the probability that love isn't after all, despite our efforts and insights ever gonna come right for us.

We are going to die without ever having known the love.

We so longed for the reasons are multiple in their ways, entirely banal.

Because our past is too complicated, our lack of trust, too deep, we're, too ugly, we're, too unconfident.

We don't meet the right people.

Our luck is too.

Slim hope feels too risky, though we try harder than we tried anything else.

We can't do this thing it won't work out for us.

The ambassador for this Samba Quran truth might be an objectively rather innocuous disappointment.

Perhaps one more date that didn't in the end, despite a very hopeful stage around dessert go as it should or one more person who didn't call back.

They the angel of romantic death, couldn't have known what they were doing to us.

And certainly didn't mean to we can't hate them for a moment, unfortunately, but through their lack of desire, they initiated us into an idea which now threatens to blow our sanity behind closed doors the scenes.

Aren't, pretty.

Thank goodness for privacy to shield, a moralistic world from whales that need to be forgotten.

There will be hours of the most unofficial tears, bitter denunciations of everyone in everything self, pitying and vengeful rants.

This is too much I can't.

Take it anymore.

This is unfair beyond measure in the night we smashed through the crash barriers of ordinary hope we're going to do away with ourselves they'll regret us, they'll miss us now.

But we won't, of course, do anything silly it's, just the mind doing its normal work adjusting to yet.

Another yawning gap between the way we would want things to be and the horrid way they are we settle.

We are after all creatures who know how to die.

We think we don't know how to, but we invariably do whatever the fierce rage we can digest pretty much any verdict.

We tell ourselves we'd never endure not being able to speak or losing our bowels.

But then the doctors tell us what has to be.

And we put up with a feeding tube and a bag and being able to communicate only through a quivering eyelid it's, always better than the alternative.

So of course, we deal with a cataclysmic, lack of love.

Dawn comes chilly and severe.

And yet, reassuring in its sober, bleakness.

We make the bed clear away the despair and get on.

There are a few consolations first and foremost, a ravaged incensed defiance, a [ __ ] you to the universe and all those who peddle sentimental nonsense that doesn't fit our reality.

A certain kind of art works too.

The sort created by unflinching genius, realists who went through as much loneliness as we have who understood our sadness ahead of time, grief-stricken masters like Baudelaire and Leopardi, pessoa and Pascal who can express our petty domestic sorrow in mighty transcendental terms and induct us to the most dignified kind of regret.

They were there to and in the most abstract accomplished ways, tell us, I know, and we have friendship, not the kind that obliterates the loneliness, but that allows us to community can't help each other directly we're more like a group of the dying in a hospice, talking circle, who won't be able to eradicate the end, but know they are at least not alone with it.

We get better too at understanding statistics that this is normal for ABBA knighted group of us.

We belong to an important minority party in the Parliament of human suffering.

Lovelessness will have been our major burden, a grief that endured from adolescents to the end, a problem that was meant to go away and never did on our secret gravestone.

It should say love didn't work out for them and how they longed that it might an epitaph to frighten children and reassure our emotional successors.

What was meant to be just a phase turned into the truest thing about us that we longed for love and that it never came a truth all the more redemptive for being expressed at last with a rare, calm unflinching honesty.

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Is it possible to not find true love? ›

Confidence and self-esteem play a vital role when it comes to love. However, many people are unable to find love because they don't think they're worthy of having it. These types of beliefs often have roots reaching as far back as early childhood and can have a huge impact on our lives.

What to do if you ll never find love? ›

Here are 7 things to keep in mind if you feel like you will never be with someone again.
  1. You are enough by yourself. ...
  2. How you treat yourself is more important than any relationship. ...
  3. Visualize the relationship you want in your life. ...
  4. Let go of your attachment to having a relationship. ...
  5. Your beliefs rule your life.

What percent of people never find love? ›

The study, which looked at the dating habits of more than 5,000 single men and women in the U.S., found that one in five men say they've never been in love. Women fair a bit better: 18 per cent reported they've never been in love, either.

How rare is finding true love? ›

If you pick someone randomly, the probability they're your perfect match is just one percent. Not exactly promising. But with the Optimal Stopping Problem, you can bring your chances of finding love up to 37 percent, theoretically.

What percent of people actually find true love? ›

Most respondents indicated they believe true love really exists, at 86 percent, while 67 percent said they themselves had experienced true love. Those who said they hadn't experienced true love remained hopeful, with 69 percent indicating they just hadn't found it yet.

Why is true love hard to find? ›

The most common reason why it's so hard to fall in love is a fear of commitment. Labels can terrify some people, but for others, the uncertainty of where the relationship stands is also terrifying.

Do everyone find their soulmate? ›

DEAR ANGELA: Yes, everyone has a true soulmate. Someone you are destined to meet and be with. You and your soulmate agreed before you were born that you would be there for each other in this lifetime. It sounds very romantic and can be when it turns out the way it was planned.

Is it ever too late to find love? ›

Whether you're 35 or 75, it's never too late to fall madly (or gently and even sacredly) in love. Just ask actress Ellen Burstyn and a host of other women who found themselves in the heat of romance when they least expected it. My mother met the love of her life when she was 84.

Why love is not easy to find? ›

Long-term love may be difficult because it means you will need to tolerate periods of not feeling close. There may even be an absence of loving feelings and intimacy for a while. Commitment replaces the feeling of love, and you may be challenged to take the initiative to get back on track.

Are some people single forever? ›

Being single does not mean you are bad at relationships. In fact, research shows people are staying single for longer and settling down older, and some are choosing to be that way forever. Singledom shouldn't be regarded as anything to be pitied — it should be embraced.

What are the odds of being single forever? ›

A 2014 Pew Report estimated that by the time today's young adults reach the age of about 50, about 25% will have been single all their lives.

How long are most people single? ›

Immediately after a breakup, the average person will:
  • Have a 25% chance of entering a new relationship after seven months.
  • Have a 50% chance of entering a new relationship after one year and eight months.
  • Have a 75% chance of entering a new relationship after three years and six months.
Feb 14, 2019

Are life partners rare? ›

A life partner is someone who is in a serious, committed relationship with someone else, but they're not married. A life partner can be anyone in any type of relationship, whether it's heterosexual or homosexual. They can choose to have children or not.

How many true loves does the average person have? ›

A Study Shows That We Fall In Love with 3 People in Our Lifetime and Each One Has A Specific Reason. A study has shown that a person can fall in love at least three times in their lifetime.

Why true love is so rare? ›

All the key features of true love (rare, unconditional, and lasting) are attempts of the human mind to overvalue it. What is perceived to be rare is more valued. Everyone would like to be loved unconditionally, even though it's highly doubtful that such a thing even exists.

Where do most people meet their true love? ›

It depends on your age but most people still meet their partner offline - and it tends to happen where one spends a lot of time. Young people aged 18 to 24 first spot their crushes at university (18%), school (18%) or with mutual friends (15%).

Who is more likely to fall in love? ›

In fact, researchers found that men thought about confessing love six weeks earlier, on average, than women. The general consensus among studies on love is that men fall in love faster than women.

How many 30 year olds are single? ›

Among those 18 to 29 years of age, 63% of men versus 34% of women considered themselves single. This dropped to 25% of men and 17% of women for those 30 to 49 years of age.

At what age are you most likely to find love? ›

According to Match.com's findings, women are more likely to meet that special someone earlier in life at age 25, whereas men meet their match closer to 28. However, 50% of the folks the website surveyed all meet their partner at some point during their 20s.

What age do you usually find true love? ›

And, according to the findings, the average age you'll find your partner varies from gender to gender. That's right - the research found that the average woman finds their life partner at the age of 25, while for men, they're more likely to find their soulmate at 28.

What does God say about true love? ›

1 Corinthians 13:4-5: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

How many relationships do people have before finding their soulmate? ›

The study also revealed that men will have six relationships - two of which will last more than a year, while women will have five. Men and women both face get cheated on once in their quest to find 'The One' - but the average adult will also be the cheater on at least one occasion in their dating lifetime.

How many soulmates do we meet in life? ›

You can have more than one soulmate.

"You will meet many soulmates in your current lifetime," says Brown. "You only have one twin flame." Whenever you meet someone with whom you have a strong connection, the theory suggests that there's a high chance that they could be a part of your wider soul family.

Does everyone meet their twin flame? ›

Does everyone have a twin flame? No. Twin flame connections are very rare as they require a split in the soul to be created. Those who don't have a twin flame have yet to experience this fracture.

What age is too late to fall in love? ›

No one is ever too old to fall in love again. While it might seem impossible to be with another man or woman after your spouse has passed, a divorce, or being single for a very long time, you might find yourself having butterflies again or losing sleep over someone who can make you smile over the littlest things.

What age is too late for a relationship? ›

There is no age limit on dating or falling in love, and no matter how old you are, the desire to find that someone special still remains. The main thing is to stay hopeful, and to put yourself out there.

Is 30 too old to find love? ›

"Love can happen at any age. Don't pressure yourself so much, and don't allow singleness to make you believe that there's something wrong with you." Moyo adds, "You're not late. There's no rule book that says dating has to start and end at a certain age.

How come I am still single? ›

"It is absolutely normal to be single, either by choice or because you haven't found what you're looking for," says Battle. According to a 2020 report from the Pew Research Center, about 31% of U.S. adults are single, and half of singles are not looking for a relationship or dates currently.

Why do some people never feel love? ›

Not wanting to fall in love can sometimes signify a problem with esteem, attachment, anxiety, or another issue. You might feel anxious about becoming attached to someone and potentially losing them. Or you might have low self-esteem and struggle with feeling that you are unloveable.

What is the inability to love called? ›

What is philophobia? People who have philophobia have a fear of love. This fear is so intense that they find it difficult, sometimes impossible, to form and maintain loving relationships. “Philos” is the Greek word for loving or beloved. “Phobos” (phobia) is the Greek word for fear.

What does God say about staying single? ›

Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion. To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.

Are men happier single? ›

New research suggests single individuals are, in general, satisfied with both singlehood and life. People with lower singlehood satisfaction are more likely to be men, older, more educated, or in worse health.

Why do I feel like I'll be alone forever? ›

There are three common contributors to the fear of being alone forever: your past, your self-esteem and your social conditioning. Past abandonment – when the person whose love you craved most as a child abandoned you or acted distant and uncaring – is a big cause of this fear for many adults.

What age is best to be single? ›

Of the 25 single men I surveyed ages 30-40, they all agree that around 35 is the best time for a man to be single. One of the key reasons is because they find women ages 35 and younger to be the most ideal.

How many people stay single all their lives? ›

More people than ever before are living solo: Nearly 40% of adults in the U.S. are unpartnered, up from 29% in 1990, according to the Pew Research Center. And about half aren't interested in dating or a relationship. Take Bella DePaulo, a 69-year-old in Santa Barbara, Calif., who has been single her entire life.

Who lives longer married or single? ›

Married men and married women live, on average, two years longer than their unmarried counterparts. One reason for this longevity benefit is the influence of marital partners on healthy behaviors. Study after study shows that married people eat better and are less likely to smoke and drink excessively.

What percentage of Americans never marry? ›

A growing share of adults are unpartnered

The share who have never been married has also grown – from 17% to 33%. All of this churn has resulted in a significant increase in the share who are unpartnered. The growth in unpartnered adults has been sharper among men than women.

Is it unhealthy to be single for a long time? ›

Adverse health issues

This might come as a shock, but research has shown that 54% of people who stay single for a long time end up with health issues that later affect their love life. The most common health issues associated with extended single good include suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.

How many men has the average woman slept with by age 30? ›

Ages 30-34: Among women, 22% had 0-1 partner, 31% had had 2-4 partners, 25% had had 5-9 partners, and 22% had had 10+ partners. Among men, 17% had had 0-1 partners, 21% had had 2-4 partners, 20% had had 5-9 partners, and 42% had had 10+ partners.

How many people never find a life partner? ›

Pew Research found that 55 percent of the singles it surveyed said they were not looking for a partner, though this includes widows and divorcees.

Is your life partner already destined? ›

Yes indeed, according to scriptures, life partners are destined! And we thought I am the smart one to have picked such a good partner for myself ☺. It is our karmas that determine our destiny. If you have created best karma in relation to your life-partner, you are destined to have the best life-partner in the world!

Is your life partner decided by God? ›

Although the life partner is pre-determined through our past life causes, we do not know who our determined life partner is. We therefore will have to carry out the process of 'choosing the partner in our life'.

What are the three C's of healthy relationships? ›

Relationship dynamics will go up and down based on communication, compromise and commitment, the 3C's.

Is Second love better than first? ›

Even if at the moment you feel like you've lost everything, trust me, you will love again and your second love will be even better than your first one. Your second love is better because you've learned from your mistakes.

Can a man love 2 woman equally? ›

A man may be able to emotionally commit and attach himself to two women at the same time. However, in most cases, a woman will not be able to do the same. Women are emotionally inclined to attach and commit differently than men. Unlike men, women practice and pursue exclusivity in romance,” he says.

Is it true that true love happens only once? ›

A few even feel that falling in love more than once is quite normal. Deepti Sharma, MA student in DU says, “All those who believe love happens only once, are going by their social conditioning. But if we look at it psychologically, a human being can fall for any number of potential mates.

What does real love feel like? ›

Passionate love feels like instant attraction with a bit of nervousness. It's the "feeling of butterflies in your stomach,"Lewandowski says. "It's an intense feeling of joy, that can also feel a bit unsure because it feels so strong."

What are signs of true love? ›

You can usually recognize real love by these 12 signs.
  • You feel safe with them. ...
  • They listen. ...
  • They acknowledge your differences instead of trying to change you. ...
  • You can communicate easily. ...
  • They encourage you to do your own thing. ...
  • You trust each other. ...
  • They make an effort. ...
  • You know you can collaborate or compromise.
Oct 28, 2020

Does everyone find true love in their life? ›

Everyone has a chance of finding their true love match if they put themselves in the right frame of mind by being emotionally and mentally prepared to give and receive love. The first rule of thumb is to aim for what is best for you.

What is the fear of not finding true love? ›

What is philophobia? People who have philophobia have a fear of love. This fear is so intense that they find it difficult, sometimes impossible, to form and maintain loving relationships. “Philos” is the Greek word for loving or beloved.

At what age we find true love? ›

And, according to the findings, the average age you'll find your partner varies from gender to gender. That's right - the research found that the average woman finds their life partner at the age of 25, while for men, they're more likely to find their soulmate at 28.

What is the average age people find their true love? ›

That's right. The average age people meet their lifelong partner is 27 years old, according to a new survey from Match.com. The survey, which mostly surveyed British couples, found that most women find The One at age 25, whereas men are slightly older at 28 years old, The Independent reported.

What are the chances of finding the love of your life? ›

So the statistical probability of actually meeting and marrying someone is one in 131,072. Of course, half of those marriages will end in divorce, making the final statistical odds of finding that special someone to spend the rest of your life with one in 262,144.

Is it abnormal to not feel love? ›

Whether you haven't felt love yet, have lost love for a partner, or identify as aromantic or asexual, not feeling love can be normal and healthy. Your motions may not be in your control and judging yourself for not feeling something can be counterproductive. There is nothing wrong with you.

What is the fear of never having a relationship? ›

People who have gamophobia have a fear of commitment. This fear is so intense that they often find it impossible to have long-term relationships. “Gamos” is the Greek word for marriage. “Phobos” (phobia) means fear.

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