Relationship platitudes like ‘you’ll know when you meet the one’ and ‘plenty fish in the sea’ held me back — until I finally shook them off

Singlehood still comes with a helping of stigma, and it takes courage to set aside others’ opinions and live life on your own terms, coupled or not

A relationship should feel life-enhancing. Picture: Getty Images

Thea de Gallier

“Don’t worry,” my friend said, with a sympathetic head tilt. “There’s plenty more fish in the sea. Maybe you need to stop looking and it’ll happen when you least expect it!”