16 Irrational Fears Every 20-Something Who’s Only Ever Been In An Almost-Relationship Starts Having

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1. That it’s not him, after all—it’s you.

In the wake of every failed almost-relationship, you’ve found solace in the fierce self-assurance that you’re a bomb-ass individual, and *it’s not you—it’s him.* When you’re single for long enough, though, you start to think that, maybe, you actually have unbearable poop breath (I believe “halitosis” is the “medical term”), but no one’s ever had the heart to tell you. Or, maybe, you’re just faaaaar fucking crazier than you realized. Point is, you fear there’s something critically wrong with you that’s been keeping *him*—AKA ur soulmate/luvrboi/Noah 2 ur Allie—away for all these years. Yikes.

2. That all those friends you’ve made a marriage pact with will leave you behind.

“This is BULLshit, guys…we were all supposed to stay single forever. WHAT THE FUCK,” you’ll say when you’re 35 and still tryna adopt a collection of perfectly racially diverse kids with ur besties.

3. That your parents will die without ever knowing the pleasure of seeing you in love.

(And that ur mom’s ghost will apparate regularly only to keep making fun of u for being single.)

4. …Such that, after a certain point, you’re going to have to start telling them about ur imaginary “new boyfriend.”

“Yeah guys, he’s so so great. So funny. So rich. So nice 2me. But you’ll probs never meet him only cuz he……………..travels a lot.”

5. …And that until they meet said “new boyfriend,” they’ll continue to gossip about how weird and unlovable you are.

Cuz you KNOW those bitches (along with ur best friends/pets/colleagues/therapists) secretly b running they mouths.

6. That you won’t realize you’re lesbian till you’re approx. 30 years behind.

Maybe you’ve just got your sexuality all misunderstood, you know? If so, you’re DOWN…you just hope you FIO soon, so that you’re not learning *the basics* at 42 like a goddamn 12-year-old who just discovered her clit.

7. That the hostess from your go-to take-out Chinese food spot aggressively judges you for ordering *all that*…for one.

Friday night? General Tso’s chicken with a side of pork fried rice, shrimp dumplings, and a DIET coke. Saturday night? General Tso’s chicken with a side of pork fried rice, shrimp dumplings, and a DIET coke. Sunday night? U GUESSED IT, MA’AM, GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN WITH A SIDE OF PORK FRIED RICE, SHRIMP DUMPLINGS, AND *DIET* COKE AND YES I WILL BE PLACING THAT EXACT ORDER EVERY NIGHT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE AND NO U DO NOT NEED TO INCLUDE TWO SETS OF CHOPSTICKS BECAUSE YES I AM #FOREVERALONE.

8. That, just like said hostess predicted, you’ll spend your 30th birthday alone, too depressed to sift through the fat stack of wedding invitations on your kitchen counter.

“Oh, SHOULD I save the frickin date???!??!!?? WHY, R U GUYS DATING ER SUMTHINNNN,” you’ll shriek while inhaling double stuf oreos and hate-stroking your many hairless cats.

9. …And then, more rattling still, that you’ll spend your 40th alone, reviewing the disappointing results of your most recent STI test.

“Oh, lovely—I’ve never heard of that one,” you’ll whisper to said hairless cats as you sip tea and contemplate killing urself—furreal this time.

10. That no one one will ever get you off as well as you can.

If *he* doesn’t arrive *SOON* (and with the phalanges of a very generous lesbian), you fear that your right hand will officially become too credentialed.

11. That you’ll still be hitting on 18-year-olds when you’re 80.

Smh.

12. That you’ll settle.

That you might *have to* settle for someone less than worthy of your love is the singular most depressing notion that occupies your mind regularly. But should push come to shove…

13. That you’ll be the “cool aunt.”

…Because you’re single and always around. Fyl.

14. That your life won’t look anything like your dreams.

A lot has changed since you were 10 and day-dreaming of a wedding where you strut down the aisle in a white version of that DOPE yellow silk dress Kate Hudson wore in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (u know the one). And you’re cool with that. But you still hope your future will look something like the one you’ve been planning/adjusting/re-writing for so long. You still hope you’ll fall madly in love at least once—not an irrational hope to have, so the fact that you doubt it often is really, really fucking scary.

15. That you’ll have to redefine “happy.”

You’re happy, you really are—but you’ve always been sure that ~true happiness~ will come only when you fall you love. That you might have to start rethinking that definition is a uniquely somber thought.

16. And that, in pursuit of ~fulfillment,~ you’ll have kids alone…only to, eventually, depress the hell out of them with the admission that you’ve never been in love.

…While consoling them with the false assurance that “I’m sure it’ll come for you tho, bby.” (lol…OR NOT.) TC mark

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