By Kelsi Peace, Features Editor
I often joke that my diploma won’t be awarded to me unless an engagement ring glistens on my hand. And, the trite adage that every ACU woman can expect a “ring by spring” exists endlessly in Freshman Follies acts, in the bitter jokes of those who haven’t obtained a ring and as the frequent topic of conversation between roommates.
In fact, one of my roommates is a glowingly happy bride-to-be, and conversation often drifts to wedding plans.
Being surrounded by this constant reminder of bliss has somewhat warped my thinking. I found myself in despair a few nights ago, exclaiming to my other still-single roommate,”Sometimes I think I am going to die alone.”
And that is ridiculous.
While I couldn’t be happier for my friends who have already found lasting love, I am also excited for those of us who are single.
Yes, it’s hard to live in an atmosphere that daily reminds me of some sort of bizarre marriage market, but there is a rich life to be lived for singles as well.
For those of you who look around at all the happy couples and groan inwardly: snap out of it.
You have the privilege to devote your whole heart to your passions and develop yourself as a unique individual.
And if you become consumed by feeling alone, you will overlook friendships you ought to be cherishing and become dull and self-pitying.
Stop looking around the corner for love to appear. Instead, take your freedom and run with it. Commit yourself to a mission, become a faithful and dedicated volunteer and enjoy the many people you will meet along the way.
As plans for my roommate’s wedding progress, I am sure more time and thought will be dedicated to all things wedding related.
I am determined to enjoy the flowers and the dresses and treasure watching my good friends commit their lives to each other.
But I enjoy every moment that comes my way without wondering when I will walk down the aisle.
I think I’d rather be swept off my feet when I’m not looking.