There’s nothing wrong with being single. After all, it’s better to be on your own than in a crappy relationship. But there comes a time when you realize that you’ve been single way too long. The realization is often slow, and you may not even notice until you’ve become known as the “perpetually single friend.”
You’ve become a regular on dating apps.
Have you started to notice the same 20 guys that seem to always have their profile up on OK Cupid or Tinder? They’ve been on there for years. Weird, right? If you’re noticing that trend, you’ve become one of them.
You can’t remember the last time you got laid.
You might remember who it was with, but you definitely don’t remember the circumstances. And you’re afraid to tell anyone how long because movies have told you it’s embarrassing to go years without sex.
Your family has stopped asking if you’re seeing anyone.
Holidays are a lot different now. Rather than asking you if you’re seeing anyone nice and hinting at your biological clock, they’ve given up. Now they just ask about your career and your friends.
Friends have given up on setting you up.
You never like any of the guys they set you up with anyway. If your friends start thinking of you as “forever alone,” then you definitely know you’ve been single way too long.
You say that your pet is your boyfriend, and you’re starting to believe it.
“You’re my boyfriend, Boots!” It started out as a funny joke, but now you don’t mind spending your nights cuddled up with the furry little guy rather than finding an actual human. This is how people become “crazy” cat ladies.
People have started questioning your sexuality.
If you’re straight, they’ll wonder if you’re gay and just haven’t accepted it yet. If you’re gay, they’ll suspect that you’re really just asexual. Because, to them, there’s no other reason for why you’ve been single for so long.
You’ve started planning out your solo future.
You no longer think about a possible husband when you plan out buying a house or raising a kid. Instead, your plans are all about how you can achieve those things alone.
You’re afraid you’ve given up.
There comes a time, years into being single, where you have a kind of epiphany. “Oh no…have I given up?” And perhaps you have. Maybe you’re not putting yourself out there anymore. You aren’t actively dating. Good news? You can always try again. Never lose hope.
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