Dear Carolyn: I am a 35-year-old single man who is struggling with a life transition. All of my very close friends have gotten married, purchased homes and now have or are starting to have children.
This has caused a real dilemma for me because, while I am happy for them, I feel very stagnated in comparison. It has become more apparent at the few get-togethers I attend during the year and I’ve begun to attend less and less. They discuss new life events and their children and homeownership and other commonalities, while I sit back, not able to relate. How do I accept this new normal and move on? Growing Distant in Texas
Growing Distant in Texas: Acceptance has almost magic properties.