12 Reasons to Be Okay with Being Single

We’ve all heard the old cliche when we’re feeling down about finding love: we’ll find someone eventually, when the time is right. But being single has some serious perks that, when you really think about it, aren’t going to be that easy to give up. Some people call it a rut, but others choose to embrace their weird single person habits. You can’t force love, so you might as well appreciate all this glorious me time you have, because it won’t last forever. Instead of being depressed, why not look for the bright side of flying solo?

  1. You sing as loud as you can to your most embarrassing music. You’ve finally decided to embrace Taylor Swift as your celebrity role model and can stop pretending you don’t know every single word to all her songs.
  2. Single doesn’t have to mean dateless. You can polish off a bottle of wine by yourself one Saturday night while you perfect your online dating profile. There’s a whole bunch of ambiguous grey area in between single and in a serious relationship, and you intend to explore it thoroughly.
  3. You finally experiencing a true girl’s night. The first time you come home from a night out with your friends and realize you haven’t talked to a single guy the entire time (and you’re totally okay with that) is a freeing experience.
  4. You’re no longer ashamed. When your grandma asks you if you have any nice guys courting you, instead of making up a story about a guy you met on the subway who seems really nice, and successful, and good looking, you just tell her the truth. You’re focusing on yourself right now, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
  5. You don’t worry about the next time you’ll get any action. When your long term friends with benefits calls you in the middle of the night, you just ignore it. But maybe you’ll give him a shout next weekend. If you feel like it.
  6. No more worrying about the lack of wedding date stigma. The sheer thought of RSVP’ing that you won’t be bringing a date to your cousin’s wedding doesn’t send you into panic mode. Instead, you’re actually looking forward to catching up with all your extended family, and busting a move on the dance floor, without having a date there to worry about.
  7. You discover the glory of sleeping alone. You’ve started sleeping in the middle of your queen sized bed now, and you can’t believe how nice it is to stretch out and not be woken up every couple hours by a guy snoring, or farting, or thrashing like a fish out of water.
  8. You can buy snacks without fear of them being gone before you get any. You realize that the entire box of gourmet cookies you bought will be yours to eat whenever you choose. You’ll never come home after a hard day craving one of those expensive drops of heaven, only to find that your boyfriend ate them all while watching tennis, and the thought they were just “fancy Oreos”.
  9. You won’t have to share the remote anymore. You finally give in to your desire to watch every episode of every season of the Real Housewives franchise. There’s no one to judge you now. There’s no one to compromise with. You’ll never have to say, “Fine, I won’t watch reality shows when you’re home, but you can’t watch 1000 Ways to Die when I’m home!”
  10. You can’t wait to spend frequent weekends doing nothing. When you first realize how much freedom you have, it’s amazing. Next weekend you have no plans. NONE. You don’t have to go to anything you don’t want to go to because “that’s what couples do for each other”.
  11. There are endless sexual possibilities at your disposal. The first time you get laid since being single, you think, “I don’t have to be in a relationship to have great sex!” and that thought makes you excited to try all the things you missed out on while in in a relationship with a guy who used the same three moves in the same order EVERY SINGLE TIME.
  12. You’re no longer a slave to your relationship status. You aren’t sizing up every guy’s boyfriend potential. You tell your friends who want to set you up on a date that your relationship status doesn’t define you, and you finally mean it.
By day, Courtney is a digital marketing copywriter living in Toronto, Canada. By night, she's a freelance lifestyle writer who, in addition to Bolde.com, contributes regularly to AmongMen.ca, 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.