As a woman who is working, I was always fiercely independent. I never relied on anyone else to take care of me, and I never felt like I needed a man in my life to be happy.
In fact, I used to joke with my friends that as long as I had a fresh cucumber in my fridge, I didn’t need a man at all. It sounds silly now, but at the time, it was a sort of mantra for me.
I grew up normally like everyone else, where most of the girls my age were focused on finding a husband and starting a family. But that wasn’t what I wanted. I had dreams of traveling the world, and I wasn’t going to let anyone hold me back.
So, I went to university and studied abroad, and I had some incredible experiences. I climbed mountains and swam with dolphins, and I met some amazing people along the way.
But eventually, I had to come back home. And when I did, I found that things had changed. My friends had all settled down, and they were busy raising families and building careers.
I was happy for them, but I also felt a little lost. I didn’t know what I was supposed to do next.
That’s when I met him. He was tall and handsome, with a charming smile and a great sense of humor. He swept me off my feet, and for a while, I thought he might be the one.
But then, things started to unravel. He was jealous and possessive, and he didn’t like it when I spent time with my friends or pursued my own interests. He wanted me to be with him all the time, and he didn’t understand why I wouldn’t give up everything for him.
I tried to make it work, but eventually, I realized that he was never going to change. And so, I ended things. It was painful, but I knew it was the right decision.
Now, I’m back to being a single girl, with a fresh cucumber in my fridge. And you know what? I’m happier than I’ve been in a long time.
I’m not saying that I don’t want to find love, or that I don’t want to be with someone special. But I’m also not going to settle for less than I deserve.
I’m going to keep traveling and having adventures, and I’m going to keep being independent. And as long as I have a fresh cucumber in my fridge, I know that I’ll be just fine.