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I DAYDREAM ABOUT MY MR PERFECT; TEEN ANGST; DEAR COLEEN; Ireland's most straight-talking problem page.

Byline: Coleen Nolan

Dear Coleen

I wasn't very popular when I was at school and took to daydreaming as a form of escapism. It got out of hand and I was hit with five bouts of depression within a few months.

I got over it with support, but I find myself longing for the companionship of these perfect people in my daydreams!

Will I ever find the right man to love? Or am I being pathetic for wanting a man that doesn't even exist? I feel there is no one out there who will ever be as good as my 'dream man'. I don't daydream as much as I used to and I am looking forward to my future, but I can't shake this lingering yearning for this made-up person. I'm 16.

Coleen says

When you're younger, your idea of a dream man (or woman) is usually nothing like the person you actually end up with. My perfect man was 6ft 2in with dark hair and blue eyes - I never met him!

When the right one comes along, what you'll find attractive is his kindness or that he can make you laugh, and lots of other qualities you've never imagined. Please don't give up at 16!

Of course it's not a bad thing to hope and dream, unless you're missing out on opportunities for real relationships because of it.

It's good to know no one in life is 'perfect'. Your Mr Right won't be 100% perfect, but he'll be 100% perfect for you.

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 24, 2015
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