Hi Jbg123qb, I am a 28-year-old man in a similar situation and my reason for abstaining is also religious and personal - I want it to be special. The only thing I can add here is that I am not the same as I was at 25 because I have developed more as a person so it doesn’t bother me too much that I am not married yet. I know that if I get married at 30, I will be better person than then I am now. You also mentioned about comparison. My situation is that all of my closest friends are already married so I have this notion too but the way I see it is that each person has their own journey. I also have access to someone who deals with marriage break ups etc and he says that one of the main skills needed in a marriage is patience so I have been trying to develop in myself personally. So, I wouldn’t worry about this too much at 25. Besides, you never know you might find the best person for you sooner than you think! P.S I will pray that you find the best spouse for you who brings out the best in you soon.