I think this is a good topic (and one we’ve discussed a few times). I’m talking about the things people say to you when you’re single, and they know (or assume) you’d like to be not-single.
A guest blogger at Stuff Christians Like, comedian Kristin Weber, recently tackled this topic:
I’m single, in my late twenties, and live in the Bible Belt. Needless to say, I get some pretty spectacular advice both about being single and how to become unsingle. At this point, I almost want to stay single so I can keep getting new story material.
She goes on to share some of the awkward advice she’s received. This was my favorite:
“If you want to get married, you need to hang a pair of men’s pants at the end of your bed, and then pray to God every night to fill those pants with the perfect man.”
Yep. That’s pretty awkward.
Singleness is a problem subject people seem to love to offer advice on. And advice can be a good thing. As Proverbs 12:15 says, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”
But I think most of us have experienced receiving unsolicited (and possibly unwanted) advice that is also unhelpful. It is helpful to remember that the advice-giver usually means well. I remember my younger brother (who married seven years before me and was pretty baffled that I hadn’t hooked a guy) once saying, “Aren’t there, like, any Christian coffee shops you can go to, to meet guys?”
I nicely said no. No, there were not.
(Though awkward advice at the time, it’s ironic that I did, in fact, meet my husband at a coffee shop.)
How about you? What is some strange, awkward or just downright bad dating advice you’ve received?