Q: So here’s the deal. I’m 16, and I’m in high school. But I feel much more mature and much older. This has kind of created a clash in my life (especially recently), because I’ve been pretty lonely. I’ve never had a boyfriend or been kissed before, but I’ve been told by countless people that I would be an awesome girlfriend (yes, they could just be saying that because they’re my friends, but I also genuinely believe that I would be a really great partner). It’s been difficult because I feel like most guys I know are too immature to be in a relationship with (am I being picky? I feel like I would just get annoyed in a relationship where I feel like my partner is immature and doesn’t want to contribute), and the ones that are mature have been great friends (but not more than that). I’m also not really willing to just go ahead and kiss, make out, or have sex with someone that I just met (which is how some of my friends have started their relationships). I keep telling myself to be patient, but after a while it just gets old and difficult to repeat after having repeated it for so long.
How do you suggest I address my loneliness and help myself endure being single and feeling like all the love I have could be shared with someone (in a romantic way), but isn’t? Also, should I settle for someone less mature because I may never be in a relationship at this rate?
Thank you!!! You’re awesome!! <3