All the single ladies – it’s time to celebrate! Yes, it can be annoying to deal with the barrage of dating apps, questions from relatives about when you’re going to “settle down” and general societal pressures around your marital status, but going solo is awesome and there are tons of reasons to be excited about it! Potential mingling aside, here are some highlights to singledom.
You have the freedom to experiment without pressure. Do you want an edgy new haircut? How about that fencing class that’s always interested you? There’s no need to worry about what somebody else thinks of you trying new styles and hobbies (not that anyone should judge you anyways) so find something that makes you happy and just go for it!
You have the freedom to be spontaneous. Want to go to Las Vegas impromptu girls’ weekend? Just go! There’s no need to get permission or to run your travel plans by somebody.
There’s no pressure to compromise. Instead of compromising to avoid an argument, you can always eat whatever you want, finish off the bottle of wine, and basically do you whatever you feel like it.
You only have to hang out with people you like. When you’re dating somebody, there are a lot of times you have to grin and bear hanging out with your S.O.’s family, BFFs from high school, co-workers, etc. But when you’re single, if you don’t enjoy somebody’s company there’s no reason why you have to hang out with them.
Extra garlic, onions, horseradish, curry sauce, etc. Who is going to complain about kissing you with bad breath? Nobody, that’s who.
You always get to decide what to watch on Netflix. Always. And, since you’re not sharing a password, you never have to worry about Netflix (or Hulu or whomever) telling you that too many people are already using your account.
Less drama. There’s no need to freak out about what your S.O. really thinks of your outfit because you don’t have a S.O. ☺
You get the whole bed to yourself. And the shower. And the couch. And the kitchen. And pretty much everywhere else in your apartment.
There’s no need to be self-conscious about personal hygiene. If you don’t want to shave your legs today, don’t shave your legs.
You never feel obligated to share your food. You’re never obligated to offer somebody a bite of your food again, which is also great for awkwardly avoiding any potentially weird “Lady and the Tramp” scenarios.
There’s no need to decide where to spend the holidays. Trust us – when your BFF is crying about the huge fight she and her S.O. got in when they were deciding whose family to spend the holiday with, you won’t be jealous.
Any bad Tinder date you go on becomes a story you can tell your squad, siblings, and co-workers for at least two weeks. The worse the date, the better the story.
When you go out on the town, you can live it up as much (or as little as you want). Because you’re unburdened, you stay out as late as you want, or you can call it an early night and go eat a pint of ice cream. There’s no rules!
Your confidence will grow. As you become more comfortable in your own skin, you’ll grow stronger and become prouder of who you are.
You get to focus on number one. Because the real love of your life should be you. As the saying goes, “You can’t love anyone else until you love yourself first.”