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Pressured holiday parties

 Every year my holidays are really awkward. I’m the only single adult in my large family. I have over fifteen cousins who all have significant others, and it makes me feel uncomfortable. Everyone always asks me why I’m single, and I don’t know how to respond. It’s putting pressure on me to find someone to bring to the holiday parties, just so I don’t have to answer to anyone. HELP. 

- Pressured


Dear Pressured,

Think about why you really are single. You’re in college and focusing on school? You’re working a lot and don’t have time? You don’t want the commitment just yet? You haven’t found anyone worthy? All of those are valid reasons that you should plainly state to your family members when asked about your relationship status. Politely add in to your answer that you are asked this every year, and are very flattered that everyone is so interested in your personal life. That should help to get the point across. When it comes down to it, it’s just plain rude that your family members put you on the spot and pry so deeply into your personal matters. With that said, that’s just how life goes sometimes. Try to take it lightly and remember that your family is just curious about what you have been up to, and focus the conversation on that. Don’t be afraid to say that you haven’t thought about a relationship because you want to get ahead academically or in your career. If it really becomes too much to bear, consider bringing a friend with you. It doesn’t have to be anyone who will “pretend” to be your significant other for the sake of warding off unwanted questioning- bring your best friend! Bring someone that will help you to have a great time. Be confident in yourself and your acheivements, and remember that a relationship status shouldn’t make or break your happiness. When all else fails, bring on the eggnog and gingerbread martinis!

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