I am starting to oddly old (at 25) and I feel strange for a few reasons:
- Never had any sort of serious relationship (I am male and straight)
- Never had sex
- Never even made out
I feel like at this age, these things should have 'just happened'. But I do not understand why most of my friends and my brother have had these things happen at a much younger age, and what made me stay so 'far apart from the world'. It was not a religious thing or anything like that. I considered myself strongly atheist during high school and today I still am generally non-religious.
A few friends know these things about me. They say I would have to explain to any potential partner why I am still a virgin at such an age.
One thing I know is a cause: social anxiety. During high school and college I was continuously afraid to talk to people and today I am not much different and I rarely trust anyone other than myself. I find that others can be 'nice' but for some odd reason I feel like I sense bullshit when people do this when they might actually be completely genuine (supposedly a symptom of Autism).
It seems the most useful way to go about changing these bullet points is to just 'change them', meaning that I face the fears and 'get over it'. But it has been hard to do this. Sometimes it even feels like I make progress but then I feel like I did not do anything a while later.
Anyone had a similar situation? General advice?