Well, my husband and I decided to marry before he ever asked for a date...but we worked side-by-side for three years first. To be honest, I think our marriage would have been better if I'd dated more first.
You don't have to be ready to marry in order to date. Dating, ideally, prepares you to think about marriage. The more people you date and get to know, the more you learn to understand:
- people in general,
- the opposite sex in general,
- yourself, and
- how you react, interface, and deal with others.
IMHO, waiting to find the "right person" to then begin the dating process is like putting all your money on one spin of the roulette wheel -- too much stress, which will adversely affect your relationship.
You're only 22. Go have some fun.