I'm single, 27 years old with four younger brothers who are all aged in their early twenties. My younger brothers are in relationships, and one of them is currently engaged. I have been single for three years, have dated here and there.
I live at home as I am currently helping out the family, and my job recently cut back hours due to the economy we are in. My mother said she wants me married by 30. (She) states that it's not normal for a woman of my age to be single. She criticizes the way I dress and speak and says they will not accommodate a man. She makes me wear things she buys, and sets me up on dates with some of her church friends' kids.
I'm exhausted; I feel as if I can't do well by her. There is no way I'm going to meet that goal if I don't like any of these guys! I am on every dating site imaginable, my friends help me out as much as possible, but I'm feeling more and more like a charity case than anything. I have told her repeatedly to let me be, and allow me to find a man for myself.
I have even gone so far to even threaten to leave, in which "emergency problems" happen financially and now I'm bound to stay. I don't know what to do anymore; I'm so frustrated. Meeting the "one" is difficult enough, but now I have to get married by 30, and I'll be 28 this year.
What to do?
P.S.: There is nothing wrong with me; I'm averagely decent looking, smart and educated. Yet, I still can't manage to pull a man to marry!