MikemikeMike saidok here goes. You're 19. I honestly believe you should be single at this time in your life. I know you have heard this before, but I can speak from experience. It's your time to focus on your career, casually date, and hang out with friends etc. Don't rush it.
Few things could be farther than the truth. With all do respect, the opportunities for people in my age group are atrocious. I have a degree from one of the finest colleges in the world and I drive a transit bus, the most hours I get are about 12-15 a week and I can't find any other job to supplement my income. I have been finding friends increasingly difficult, to almost impossible to make, and I have always looked towards the possibility of not being alone anymore as the light at the end of the tunnel. However, this has not worked out for me, and I am still alone and single, which makes me very depressed. The older generations seem to think that we can just walk into somewhere and get a job because we are young. I applied for countless jobs, and got rejected every one of them. And these were jobs ranging from entry-level management to working on the railway. Rejected, almost all without an interview. And these are jobs that I would have been considered overqualified for in 2007. I have decided to continue my education, however the path I want to take in my studies is one that is in a dying field, and I simply view another year of studies as a way delay the inevitable misery, anxiety and depression that comes out of being severely underemployed, dependent on family members and almost nothing to look forward to in the future. That, added to my inability to make friends, while the rest of my friends are an ocean away, leaves the possibility of a relationship as the only thread of hope or optimism for the future. And now i'm told that I should be single and should be focusing on my career. I'm sorry but that is simply not practical. At this point, I have come to the conclusion that without someone for me to share my love with and to love me back, there will be nothing to look forward to in life, a prospect which terrifies me.