Being single often feels like a punishment, but why? As we wait for love to find us, we tell ourselves lies about how un-attractive, intimidating, or unworthy we must be. Because we are single, we think that there's something wrong with us, that there are quirks we must change. But the truth is, we are alone for a reason. This single season in your life is intended for you to achieve personal growth, and decide on what you truly want for your future.

At the moment, the thought of a prospective partner may occupy your thoughts. But instead of waking up everyday, hoping your prince charming will finally strike up a conversation with you in class, recognize that your thoughts are needed elsewhere.

You should never want a relationship more than you want to succeed, whether that's in school or work. Never let your desire for love become a distraction. Now, while your single, take this time to figure yourself out. Finish school, take internships, travel abroad, experience life while you can. Being in a committed relationship will come with new boundaries, and you don't want to grow old and regret all of the things you could have done while you were single. No one wants to remember their single years as the time they were desperately on prowl for a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Let me assure you, there is somebody for everybody. So if you're single now, it's not because there is something wrong with you, it's just that your person hasn't found you yet. Everyone needs their own time to mature, learn, and evolve; simply trust in God's timing. Try not to focus on the negativity surrounding "singleness" but focus on the positives. You are beautiful, strong, yet still capable of achieving so much more. This time alone is necessary for you to reach your full potential. Eventually, when you finally meet your soulmate, you'll both be thankful for the time spent apart.

Being single is a blessing, not a curse. So if you spend your time wisely, you will gain much more than you expected. And when the time is right, you will find love, but in the mean time: Just do you!

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