Relationships Are Great, But Here Are 10 Times You’re Better Off Being Single

The general consensus for some reason is usually that being in a relationship is desirable and preferable over being single. While having someone to rely on, cuddle with, and spend your free time with is great and all, it’s not like relationships are all rainbows and puppy dogs. If you’re in love, it’s worth it, says everyone who has forgotten all the glorious things about being single. Sure, you’re probably the third wheel sometimes, and you have to listen to people tell you that you have to “put yourself out there more”, but that’s just part of the single life. If you think about it, life as one half of a couple can have its downsides, too.

  1. When you need a good night’s sleep. Sleeping with another person is never going result in the same kind of restful slumber as sleeping by yourself will. For some reason, being in a relationship means sleeping in the same bed as your beloved, and there are definitely going to be times when you miss having the whole bed to yourself.
  2. During the holidays. Christmas is expensive enough as it is with all the parties, traveling, and buying gifts for your own family and friends without having to add his entire family to your ever-growing list. Even if you like buying gifts for people and you’re close with them, it’s still never easy on the budget.
  3. When all your friends are single. Not that you should base your relationship status on what all your friends are doing. Of course not. But you’ll definitely miss out on a lot of single girl stuff, and for once you’ll be the outsider. With your luck, the minute you’re single again, everyone else will be in a relationship.
  4. When you’re a bridesmaid and all the groomsmen are hot and single. If you weren’t already taken, this would be the perfect opportunity to get to know your friend’s fiancee’s hot college roommate that you’ve always had a thing for. But it’s not in the cards.
  5. When you realize you’ll never have a first kiss again. The anticipation. The butterflies. The not knowing what’s going to happen next. You’ll never have any of that again. Hope the guy you’re with is worth it.
  6. When the sex is terrible. Every relationship has rough patches, or times when your libidos don’t seem to be in sync. But you can’t just go out and find someone else to satisfy your needs. You have to buckle down and actually communicate with each other. You may just want one wild night with no inhibitions, but you can’t have that if you want your relationship to work.
  7. When you develop feelings for someone else. Just because you’re in a relationship doesn’t mean you’ll never meet anyone else you’re interested in ever again. But it does mean you’ll have to squash those feelings and pretend they don’t exist. It won’t be easy, but that’s another sacrifice you have to make.
  8. In-laws. They always have an opinion. On everything. But parents are just trying to help, right? Sure, but you have your own parents to deal with, and you probably don’t need your boyfriends’ sticking their noses in your business too. You can’t tell them off either, you just have to grin and bear it.
  9. When you don’t believe in marriage. If you’re single, you only have to deal with people who just need to know why you haven’t found someone yet. That’s a breeze compared to dealing with the ones who can’t wrap their minds around why you’ve been together for so long and haven’t gotten married yet. Try explaining your stance on marriage and how it’s unnecessary and means nothing to you and they’ll act like you’ve actually lost your mind and belong in an asylum.
  10. You’re somehow always one half of a couple. If you go anywhere alone, people always ask where your significant other is. Why isn’t he attached to your hip at all times? Don’t you do everything together? As if just your presence isn’t enough and you’ve ruined everything by being an individual.
By day, Courtney is a digital marketing copywriter living in Toronto, Canada. By night, she's a freelance lifestyle writer who, in addition to, contributes regularly to, IN Magazine, and SheBlogs Canada. Want to chat about relationships, Stephen King or your favorite true crime podcast/documentary/book? She's on Twitter @courtooo.