It's been a year since I've been "in a relationship." I put that in quotes because I never labeled it as such during the fact, but I was pretty emotionally committed to someone.
I've learned a lot. I've messed up a lot. I have cried a lot.
I've done a lot of growing with other people.
Yes, as a single young woman I am growing "on my own" as most would say. Although, I think there's a huge misconception about being single. Many people think you are literally a single person, and you don't have anyone around you to lean on. You are completely alone.
I'll tell you one thing: You don't have be alone when you're single.
When I first became "single" I felt very alone. I had closed a door to someone that I had emotionally depended on for a good bit of time. It's when you feel most alone that you must reach out. The enemy loves to steal, kill, and destroy, so he wants you to think you are all alone. Don't give him that power. Reach out in prayer and petition, ask someone to pray with you or for you, or go talk to someone trustworthy about your hurts and stresses.
Maybe you're saying, "Well, there's no one I can talk to! Everyone has been busy or turned away from me." Pray for the Lord to provide. He will give you someone to talk to, I have faith for it.
Since becoming single, I have surrounded myself with people that honestly care about my heart. God always had those people right in front of me, it was just a matter of me actually opening up and allowing those people to truly be my support system.
If you are going through a lonely time, don't stay secluded. Cry out to the Lord for help. He desires to show you that He can provide you with anything and everything you need.