Would you rather be in a shitty relationship than single? If so, date whoever asks you and put up with whatever crap you get. If not, figure out what it is you want in life and how to go about doing it. It's okay to be single. It's okay to enjoy being single. I recommend everyone learn how to do it at some point in their life.And then what do you do when you start getting depressed because you can't find one person that meets your most basic standards? How long do you stay single? 5 years? 10 years? 20 years? 50 years? More?
I have standards for what I want in a partner and a relationship, and I'm not going to budge on them. I have preferences and things that are nice as well, and those are things that can be changed.
I am not going to expect a partner to fix what's wrong or lacking in my life. I am a whole, complete person as I am. A good partner and a healthy relationship will enhance that and things will then be better all around, but I'm not going to get into a relationship to be happy. I'm happy single. I am the only one who is responsible for my feelings and I take ownership of them, good and bad. If I get into a relationship, it's because I've found someone I want to spend my time with, someone I want to have in my life, who brings me joy by simply being them.
I deserve happiness, love and respect, from a prospective partner, but more importantly, from myself. I respect myself enough to know that it's better to be single than to be in any relationship. I want a good relationship. Some may think I'm picky or choosy but damn it, I'm worth it.