I could relate so so much to all of what you have written in your post, in fact I wrote a similar thread a while back on loneliness. Loneliness is something that I have known for much of my life due to drawing the completely wrong people into my life. I tend to have drawn friends and relationships who were extremely narcissistic or else just constantly wanted to dump on me and were nowhere to be found when I wanted a friend in turn. The marriage and children thing is also something i can relate to. Just last week I had a work colleague tell me that I should think about being out there meeting someone (I have just come out of an abusive relationship so its the furthest thing from my mind right now) and that if I don't have children 'who will care for me in old age'?? These ignorant attitudes are really annoying. As someone else posted here, I think society has forgotten to value people for who they actually are instead of whether they are married with children or what they may do for a living.