For one 25-year-old woman, the prospect of romantic relationships doesn’t hold any appeal. She writes in a Reddit post about how her family is crossing the line by trying to get her into a relationship.
*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*
With a busy schedule centered around graduate school and a career, the author expresses that she’s satisfied with their life of having friends and a dog. But their family has grown increasingly concerned, as she explains:
“My family thinks this is weird beyond belief and the pressure has ramped up now that even my younger brother has gotten married and I’m the only one left “on the shelf”. My older sister’s husband has been offering to set me up for years because I’m “too hot” to stay single, whatever that means. I’ve always tried to refuse politely, but it’s wearing thin.”
Though Psychology Today states that those who are in satisfying romantic relationships report higher levels of well-being and health, romance isn’t necessary for a person to have a fulfilling life. This online experience serves as a reminder that everyone has the right to decide what they want out of their lives and what makes them truly happy, as echoed by data from the Centre for Human Potential. If a person has made the decision that romantic relationships don’t have a place in their life, their loved ones should respect that decision.
Though the author always tried to politely decline offers for a set-up, a situation arose this weekend when she was visiting her parents and her sister invited her to dinner at a nice restaurant. She agreed, but unfortunately learned the dinner was a bit of a trap:
“I thought it was just going to be the three of us, but there was another guy in the car when they picked me up. He said he was my brother-in-law's friend Joe. Awkward, but not too unusual. We get to the restaurant and sit down and Joe keeps trying to make conversation with me, with my brother-in-law and my sister egging it on and I finally joke ‘Am I on a date or something, what’s with all the questions?” and my sister straight up says “Yes, we thought you just needed a little push, so we decided to set you two up’.”
The author was the only one in the dark about the date, and she was furious when she learned that she’d been tricked. She continues:
“I was pretty mad, but didn’t want to cause a scene in the restaurant, so I finished dinner and gave really short responses to questions, and the evening just stayed really uncomfortable and awkward. Joe apologized in the car and I told him it wasn’t his fault but he probably shouldn’t let my brother-in-law set him up again, and I wasn’t interested in dating anyone. Apparently, he told my brother-in-law off in the car about making him look bad so that he didn’t even have a chance.”
Now, the author’s sister is mad at her for being “rude and embarrassing them” while her parents are urging her to apologize and “give Joe a chance.”
What do you think?
Is the author justified in not wanting to be set up by family members, and they need to respect her wishes and stay out of her love life?
Or is the author being stubborn, and her family has the best of intentions, and she should cut them some slack?
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