Something few talk about re: being free & single
as you get older, you see friends less often as they pair off and get married and start raising families.
you carry on dating, free.
but there are fewer decent women to date, because they're getting married and raising families.
that extra time without those friends can't always be filled with good times, some of it is spent feeling lonely, wondering what life would be like if you had a wife and family.
once that thinking seeps in, it doesn't go away.
you either accept it, do something about it, or live miserably.
you can be miserable raising children, too, I suppose.
but would you rather be miserable in a lifeless field of bare dirt, or in a garden?