Amongst my friends & I, we are always in discussion about the struggles of being a black British female. We as a close group have exceeded OUR OWN expectations by going to University, doing a degree or two, gaining further qualifications, seeing the world and proving ourselves in work, but still, we fail to find love.
Are men threatened by our achievements? By our independence? As black females are we stereotypically portrayed as ‘too much’?
The real question is, why are we questioning the above in the first place? If men are threatened by growth and a woman exceeding them, then they’re not for us and it’s their loss. 🤷
I personally tend to fill all voids with going overboard on ASOS and spending my payslip on bodysuits and dresses I don’t need; reminding myself I’d be more broke if I had a man. However, this is a force of habit I’ve managed to kick and I would not advise meaningless spending or thinking “well if I was out on a date I’d probably be spending £30 so I might as well spend £30 on myself and this cute shift dress”. My friends and I have half truth banter “when will you marry?!”, “if I don’t laugh, I’d cry lol” but on a serious note, being black and single in London is tough. We can feel pushed aside as if we are being stereotyped and sometimes as if we are not good enough. Our achievements and beauty don’t seem to be recognised in the mainstream. I believe this is due to social media’s such as Twitter and Instagram selling body images of Kardashian wannabes and cute relationship stories, however, in truth we are enough and we do better personally and professionally each day. When we stop focusing on other people and social media it means we have time to focus on ourselves build on our own confidence.
Here are some ways to deal with this:
- Spend time alone: Don’t jump into any relationships just because. If you have spent most of your time focusing on your career, education or other aspects of your life you probably haven’t had much time to focus on relationships. Get to know what you like, what you want from a partner and what you want for yourself. Do you want a family person? Someone that supports your money moves? Someone who accepts your Netflix binge? And what do you want from them personally? Ambitious? Cultured? Educated? Once you ask yourself these questions you will know to not settle for less or settle just because. In addition from being alone, you will gain confidence and a ‘bad bitch’ mentality (I know from my friends’ experiences…including my own).
- Confidence: If you are at the confidence stage, what is stopping you from putting yourself out there? Maybe you don’t want to physically go out and meet someone alone or like me, you don’t want to waste time and money dating the wrong one or maybe hearing too many Tinder nightmares has become off-putting; if you don’t put yourself out there you will not find what you are looking for. Personally, I am not a fan of Tinder, Bumble, Plenty Of Fish etc as they don’t seem to work for me, however, you don’t know until you try it. If you are not ready to date, use online dating as a platform just to start talking to people and boost that confidence. If online dating really isn’t your thing, grab a friend and go to a dating/social event or trying joining an activity group.
- Stop Planning: Five years ago if you asked me where would I be I’d say at 23 I’d be with the love of my life, expecting baby number 1. I’m near 25…man-less and child-less. We as women need to stop putting pressure on ourselves to get married, have kids, have a mortgage. Continue to live your best life and go with the flow!
- Most Importantly STOP DOUBTING YOURSELF: Nowadays woman being too ambitious and well educated is still seen as a flaw, however, embrace it! You work hard for a reason; when you meet the person of your dreams they will love and appreciate your drive just as much as you appreciate yourself.
The right person will come along when you least expect it.
If you would like to discuss this further or need advice, feel free to go to my “Let’s Talk” and schedule in a session.