Imagine this: you’re single. Forever. The end. End of thought experiment.
Yeah, that may be a sucky thing to think about. But it’s not exactly the end of the world. We’ve all been single before. And many of us in committed relationships will someday be single again. Besides, there are plenty of people who choose to remain single for the majority of their lives and don’t feel as though they’re missing out on much.
Now imagine something else. Imagine that tomorrow, you lose all of your friends and will never have any friends ever again. Let’s pretend they all coincidentally boarded the same flight that disappeared over the Russia/Ukraine border. Or maybe they all got together for a surprise pizza party in your honor and then the pizza oven exploded and immolated everyone you know and love for the rest of your life.
Single for the rest of your life? That could suck. But then again, you could still have a pretty bitchin' life anyway. Plenty of people do.
Friendless for the rest of your life? Well, let’s just say that these are the things that suicides are made of.
Romantic relationships get the vast majority of our time …