Believe it or not, my first kiss didn’t happen until I was 21 years old.
When you’re a teenager, appearances are everything, and I didn’t have a shot. I was an incredibly shy and lonely boy.
In college, I’d watch my peers fall in and out of bed with one another, biding my time until it was my turn to be loved. Around 25, the tide changes for women. Popularity is no longer a factor, and women start to look for less superficial qualities in their partners.
While attractive girls were being wooed away by handsome men my age, there I stood, the lonely geek. Little girls grow up believing they will find Mr. Right who is wealthy, successful and handsome.
I was two out of three, but when was I going to get my chance at love?
But my mother had instilled an important principle in me at a very young age. She told me that “one day, when you are wealthy and successful, your generosity will turn things around.”
And she was right.
To read the rest of Brandon’s Op-Ed please visit CNN.com.
Don’t forget to watch “This is Life” with Lisa Ling premiering this Sunday on CNN at 10 pm PST. Her first episode will explore SeekingArrangement.