Sure, being married is great most of the time. You’ve found the person you want to be with for the foreseeable future and you truly love each other — and that’s great. Life-long companionship is a great thing, but there are plenty of ways to feel less alone that don’t involve walking down the aisle. There comes a time (or ten) when being single or in a non-married relationship is way better.
- When you need to make a big decision. You don’t have to confer with anyone when you spend a bunch of money on a new car, decide to go back to school, or want to move to some tropical island. Yours is the only opinion that matters.
- When you just need a good night’s sleep. No wrestling for blankets. No weird sleep sounds. Just pure, uninterrupted sleep.
- When you get your paycheck. When you’re married, it’s no longer your money — it’s our money. Every purchase has to be debated or explained, which can be a pain in the ass sometimes.
- When you want to do your hobbies without any judgement. Your husband hates your video gaming? Your wife just wishes you’d spend more time at home with her rather than with your drinking buddies? Yeah, us single folks don’t have to worry about that.
- When you want to do what you wanna do. Just wanna veg out on the couch and power through a marathon of The Bachelorette? When you’re unmarried, your day-to-day life isn’t up for discussion. You do you.
- When you watch someone else’s marriage implode. There are great marriages out there, but there are also bad ones. Every time you watch another one end, especially marriages that looked so perfect from the outside, you’re grateful you’re not in their shoes.
- When you want to break up. When you’re married, it’s super hard to end things. Not even factoring children into the equation, so many couples hold on way longer than they would if that piece of paper wasn’t in the way. Plus, the legal process can be drawn-out and nasty, leaving you sad, tired and a lot poorer.