It’s December once again; family reunions and barakda outings are happening left and right and no matter what the occasion is, there’s always one question that pops up every time: “Why are you still single?”

Every year, my relatives and friends always ask me the same thing and most of the time, I answer them either with a blank stare or a faint smile. But now, I think I may have a proper response – that I’m still trying to improve myself as a person before I decide to share my life with someone else.

Being in a relationship requires work, understanding, and maturity. I want to be stable financially, emotionally, and psychologically before I even enter one so that I don’t bicker over nonsense issues all the time with whoever I’m going to end up with.

There are a lot of things I still want to accomplish in life and knowing myself, it would be difficult for me to handle a relationship while I try to reach for my dreams. There are other women who do a really good job balancing those two but not me – so to save anyone from heartache, I’ll focus on what and who I have right now and actively seek a partner a few years from now. Remember, there's nothing wrong with being single

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Yes, spending the rest of your life with that special someone is nice, but there are some people who choose to wait patiently rather than hurrying love – and I’m one of them. Like they say, you can’t give what you don’t have; love and take care of yourself, and when that overflows, let that reach those surrounding you and be open to others.

It doesn’t matter if I get teased for being single for so long now, what’s important is that I’m fully ready when the right guy comes along; this also goes for everyone who is single and unattached right now – don’t get into a relationship if you’re not yet ready. It’s better to wait for Mr. Right rather than settling for Mr. Right Now.

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