Cinders, JazakiAllah kheir for your advice.
And I totally dig the fact that people have individual preferences. Alhamdulillah.
I don't know, I guess for me the part that I'm finding most difficult is almost like a lot of people just write me off before they know what I'm really actually capable of. It's like a 'Well, you're good...But not good enough...Just need to age more?'
Jen, I agree. It's a total double standard. Sisters are at 'marriable age' in teens and early 20's and for us brothers is late 20's and early 30's. So what is the solution? Apparently marry them off to each other despite very different attitudes and mentalities and 'places in life' while leaving the younger brothers and older sisters in the dark. This is painted to people, for reasons I simply don't understand, as being 'how it should be'. A brother like me, expresses he would be interested in an older sister, from there on out it's all funny looks. Like I should sit in the backseat, be quiet and just watch out for a sister who's probably like 14 right now to come 'of age'.
At the end of the day, it's not going to be like that. I'm not going to let it. The last thing I want, is a relationship and all it entails with someone I simply see as a kid.
Alhamdulillah, I embraced Islam very young, many years ago. And in Australia, there is a large and very rapidly growing Muslim community!