For some people, being single can be extremely frustrating — especially if you’re the type of person who’s used to being in a relationship. For a while, you probably see other couples and think to yourself, “Why can’t that be me?” Eventually you get past it, though, and start realizing that rolling solo is pretty great. Here are 10 signs you’ve finally reached the point of being okay with your single status:
You’re not dying to get hit on every time you go out. Going out with your friends is no longer about hunting for a hot guy. Instead of trying to catch the eye of the guy across the bar, you’re just having a good time without stressing about whether or not he’ll ask for your number.
You don’t mind being the third wheel. Being the third wheel isn’t awkward or uncomfortable when you’re okay with being single. Going out with your friend and her boyfriend is just as normal as going out with your her on her own.
You’re genuinely happy for your friends who are in relationships. Instead of being jealous of your friends who are in relationships, you’re actually quite happy for them because it’s no longer about you — you’re just happy that they’re happy.
You don’t think of every guy you meet as a potential boyfriend. Just because a guy strikes up a conversation with you doesn’t mean you need to start envisioning yourself walking down the aisle with him. Not every you meet needs to be an eligible candidate for the boyfriend title. You know this, and honestly, it doesn’t even enter your mind.
You’re not bitter when you see other happy couples. You don’t have to hate on every person who’s in a relationship just because you’re not in one yourself. Once you’re okay with being single, it doesn’t bother you to be around a couple holding hands or showing affection. You know your time will come — and even if it doesn’t, you’ll still be okay.
You no longer feel sorry for yourself. You’ve stopped feeling “doomed” or destined to be alone forever. It’s not the end of the world that you’re single. You’re not a charity case or a weirdo — you’re single, and it’s not that big of a deal.
You enjoy doing things on your own. Friday night doesn’t mean you have to be on a date to go out. You don’t mind going out and doing things on your own, whether it’s going out to dinner or catching a movie. Being single doesn’t have to stop you from living your life, and it certainly doesn’t.
You don’t freak out if you don’t have a plus-one. Instead of running around and trying to find a date for that wedding you’re going to, you’re completely fine with going it alone and just having a good time on your own. You’re there to celebrate the bride and groom anyway, not show off your own relationship.
You’re not desperately trying to hook up with someone whenever you’re feeling lonely. That friend with benefits or one-night stand is no longer a necessity to your life. In fact, it’s not even a part of it. Being alone isn’t so lonely anymore and you don’t need someone to immediately come over just because you’re bored.
Being single no longer defines you. Being single isn’t a death sentence and it doesn’t make you any less of an amazing person. Single or not single, you should be happy with who you are as a person and worry less about your relationship status.