Hi there chaps, I'm sorry it's been quite a while, am very busy with work these days. If you would be so kind, I need your words of advice.
For those of you who don't know me, I'm 18, in my first year at university away from home. Lately, I've been having feelings of loneliness and longing for someone to free me from my isolation I suppose. It's not that I am a complete loner; I am quite sociable and am well known amongst my peers, but I because of my faith I am unable to fully delve and integrate amongst everybody there. I don't go to clubs for example, and (as you may or may not know), a vast amount of partying (and hence socialising) happens in such places. I don't go, so I don't socialise that way.
Don't get me wrong, I know that keeping myself away from such places is for my own good. I understand that being a son of God means that you are not of this world, but seek the things which are above it. But I guess I just need to vent: I feel quite lonely sometimes, particularly when the work is piling up (as it is indeed doing right now.)
These feelings of loneliness are further exacerbated when observing my fellows around me having relationships, dating etc. I feel as though I am restricted: I can only date when serious about marriage, which is years down the line, and even then it will have to be to a Coptic girl; it's somewhat depressing realising that not one of the girls amongst my peers fulfils this criteria, and therefore cannot possibly be my wife one day. There are many great girls (in my opinion) who I am loathe to befriend, purely because of these predetermined criteria for marriage: I think to myself "there is no possibility for a future together, so why make the effort of getting close to them" (I know that may sound as if I base my friendships purely on the expectation of marriage, but this is obviously not the case). And this only serves to make me feel even more lonely.
I can guess some of the feedback I will likely receive, along the lines of the importance of being satisfied with God, and the weakness of my relationship with Him making me feel unsatisfied. And this is the feedback I would probably give to myself.
I feel like I've talked myself into a circle.