So I very recently began my very first full-time job. This has been no small change, considering I’ve been in the British education system since 1997 without break. One of the biggest culture shocks has been the change in free time – not only did school end at 3 every day, but you always had the holidays to look forward to (in particular the summer 6-week block). Anyhoo, it’s been alright, still finding my feet and everything but everyone seems lovely, which is good.
The strangest thing, which I never expected, is that everyone (and I mean everyone) seems to be either settled with partners or indeed families! There’s a lad younger than me with a long-term girlfriend and everyone older than me is either married, or has young children. Honestly, I never expected the numbers to be so biased; and needless to say, it has had an impact. All these people have significant others to spend time with, to care for, to go on holiday with etc. Admittedly, I have secured a step in life by gaining a job but how does everyone yet again already have partners?!
To hammer this point home, I did meet an attractive woman at work, who was also really nice and funny, but hey-ho, not only taken, but bloody married! It’s crazy truly.
Lastly, there is a nice young woman who gets the same train as me each day, (though this doesn’t mean I always bump into her). If I do keep bumping into her, might well try and start a conversation – although judging by recent experiences, no doubt she too will have some sort of a partner!
Yours, cynically as always.