Thanks to @Justneedtokno for inspiring the telling of this true story.
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Here is the story that was too long to leave in a reply. This is a cautionary tale about risk aversion. It's a rebuke to the tired old trope, "When the time is right, the right (man or woman) will find you." Or, "There is somebody for everybody." Or anything related to running across the 'right person' as an inevitability. That relationships are somehow designed by the cosmos and you are along for the ride. Or that you can make no effort, but the right person will come along.... That is all a lie. If you do not try, you will die alone. Seldom does it workout that you meet 'the right one' by accident. So I give you the true story of a sad lady:
I know a woman who is in her mid-50's and alone, extremely alone. She's a very religious girl, I have known her since we were both kids (our parents were friends). Her mother always told her that crap, that the 'right man' will find her and she'll be married and have kids and the whole gamut. Because she was sold this lie all her life, she naturally believed it. The lie was, 'God will provide her a husband and children' and that she need not worry about it, because when the time is right, the right man will come along.
Here's the thing, she has never even been on a date! No man has ever so much as even asked her out. She has never even kissed a man!
I am not even joking, this person exists. She's a nice person. But she was so isolated and risk averse that over 50 years of waiting for 'the right man' has past and hasn't even rendered her a date. If I'm lyin' I am dyin'.
I know this story sounds crazy, because it is. But it is also very real. You can meet and speak to this person who really does exist, from her own mouth if you wanted to. Never been on a date, never kissed a man (or a woman), she's not a lesbian secretly or any kind of crap like that. Like I said, I have known her all my life.
No she's not ugly, but she puts absolutely zero effort into her appearance. Her hair is a wild, tangled mess. But if you fixed her up, she would look okay. She's no beauty queen, but she'll do. She's at least average looking, if she were to dress and wear makeup and fix her hair. It's hard to picture because I have only seen her wear what looks like hand-me-downs that do not fit and do not match, with like Doc Martin's or some kind of clodhoppers'.
The family history may explain it a little bit as to why she's not a lesbian and the 'right man' never came either. People always figure, somebody is one way or the other, not actually sexless, but yes there are sexless people.
The family came from the middle-east as Christian refugees. So the kids were raised in a very different type of culture and the parents raised them very isolated from everybody else. I don't know why, that's just the way they were. It's not like her brother fared much better. He's never been married, but at least he's been on dates and kissed women before. Her two younger siblings actually fared much better. Sadly, her father died when those kids were still fairly young, but mom could not isolate them as much by herself and used this eldest sister as a surrogate parent for the two youngest. Those kids turned out fairly normal. They date, and kiss and do normal stuff, but they are like 12-15 years younger than the eldest two.
So, there is your cautionary tale. No risk, no nothing. The 'right man' will not just show up. You got to put in some effort, or die alone. It's plain and simple.
As for this lady, she's done. I think she should become a nun, since she has the hardest part about that life style down pact, whether intentional or not and she's very religious so it makes sense. But she was risk-averse. Always told 'the right man will find her at the right time' and it never happened.This is an extreme case, but this is what risk aversion gets you; a meaningless existence. I can only imagine she suffers from agonizing loneliness, she has her immediate family and that's it. She will die alone, a forgotten ghost, unloved and unwanted. No one to mourn her or even notice she's not there anymore. Why? She was risk-averse to the extreme. It's super sad.