12 Reasons You Should Be Grateful For Being Single

Unless you’re one of those rare people who met the love of their life in high school and you’ve been inseparable ever since, chances are you know the struggles of being single. But you probably also know how glorious it can be to have the chance to be selfish and focus on yourself. Most people don’t want to be single for life, and that’s exactly why you should appreciate being single while you can.

  1. You get to sleep alone. Guys are sweaty. They snore. They are blanket hogs. When you’re single you get the entire bed to yourself, so embrace it by sleeping starfish style.
  2. You can flirt shamelessly with every cute guy you meet. No need to worry if you’re crossing a line or not. Also, with flirting, practice makes perfect, so work on your one-liners and sexy half-smile, come hither glance.
  3. No in-law obligations. Whether you enjoy the company of other people’s parents or not, it’s nice to not feel obligated to go to brunch every Sunday, or shopping with his mom, when you’d much rather be doing those things with your friends, or your own family.
  4. The anticipation of not knowing who you’ll meet. Every day can start with the chance that you’ll meet a cool new guy, and who knows where that will take you. The possibilities are endless.
  5. First date butterflies. The nervous jitters you get before a promising first date are the best part of dating. Those things tend to fade away once you get to know someone, so bask in them while you can.
  6. Lots of time for your friends. Without a boyfriend to monopolize all your time, your schedule will open up significantly, and you’ll be able to fill it with as much friend time as you can handle.
  7. Eating whatever you want. Without a guy to give you a hard time about your gluten-free kick, you’ll be able to adjust your diet without judgement. Not to mention you won’t have to worry about other people’s allergies so much anymore. Peanut butter and shellfish, here you come!
  8. Having full weekends all to yourself. This means you can wake up when you want, eat what you want for breakfast, go shopping only at the stores you want to go to, and choose who you do and do not see. Basically it’s a whole Saturday and Sunday of doing whatever the hell you please. How often does that happen?
  9. Relationships are hard work. Of course, it’s all worth it. But right now, you don’t have to worry about any of the typical relationship stuff. Like where is this going? Is he really the one? Can we make this work? You’ll be back to worrying about that stuff before you know it, but for now, just relax.
  10. When you’re in a relationship, you inevitably end up being “one half” of a couple in some people’s minds. And when you’re single you can be your own person. No one will ask you “where’s [insert bf’s name here]?” and make it seem like just you showing up isn’t good enough.
  11. No arguments over what movie to watch. No taking turns and inevitably being forced to watch things you hate either. Compromising is for couples. You are going to watch the entire season of Millionaire Matchmaker in one sitting because you’re single and you deserve it.
  12. No questions about when you’re getting married, already. Once you’re with someone for a certain length of time, people start wondering when they’re going to see the engagement announcement and get invited to the wedding. Okay, so you might have to deal with the constant, “are you seeing anyone?” questions, but it’s a trade off.
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.