The Best Things About Being Totally Unattached

The Best Things About Being Totally Unattached ©iStock/gilaxia

When you’ve been single for a long time, it’s easy to forget that flying solo comes with a lot of benefits, not just drawbacks. Yes, being the perpetual “single friend” sucks sometimes. But there’s a reason that the phrase “single and fabulous” is such a cliché: the single life really can be fabulous. Here are some of the best things about being the single girl:

  1. You can binge-watch your favorite TV series without having to worry about waiting for your partner. Let’s be real: the modern-day form of “cheating” on your partner is watching your favorite series ahead of him, without him. When you were together, you always had to wait for weekend date nights in to get to the next episode of your go-to series. Now, you can binge watch whenever you want. Woo-hoo!
  2. You can take up as much of the bed as you want. Honestly, who doesn’t hate having to share the bed? Lucky you, single girl: there’s nobody keeping you up at night with loud snores, stealing your blanket, or practically pushing you off. Go ahead and sprawl out!
  3. You can have the killer bachelorette pad you’ve always dreamed of. A hot pink accent wall? Bedazzled mirrors? Go right ahead. There’s no compromising necessary, so you don’t need to pick plain, unobjectionable colors and themes. Go wild.
  4. Nobody’s judging how clean your place is. Speaking of bachelorette pad, some days you just want to come home from work, throw all of your clothes on the floor, leave your dirty dishes in the sink, and veg out on the couch. And you know what? You can do that. With no boyfriend coming over at night, nobody will be the wiser.
  5. You can put off some of the less fun aspects of being an adult. Arguments with your in-laws? Wedding planning stress? No, thank you.
  6. You can be birth control-free. Unless you’re taking it for other reasons(which is actually more common than you might think), there’s no need for birth control if you’re not getting it on, which also means none of the miserable side effects. Bye, mood swings! Adios, nausea! See you later, weight gain!
  7. You can have all the time in the world to pursue your own interests. Maintaining a relationship takes a lot of time. It also means that the weekends where you could be learning how to play the guitar, taking a yoga class, or brushing up on that second language are instead dedicated to catching up on the mundane details of the week with your guy. When you’re single, all time is your time; use it to better yourself and learn something new.
  8. You’ll probably get closer with your gal pals. Everyone needs to have people they can confide in, trust, and rely on; when you’re single, those people usually end up being your female friends. You can use your time being single as an opportunity to develop deeper and more meaningful friendships.
  9. You can also have close guy friends without worrying that your partner will get pissed. If you think your girlfriends take a back seat when you’re in a relationship, just take a minute and think about how your guy friends must feel. No matter how platonic your friendships with guys are, there’s something that just instantly changes the moment you have a boyfriend. Every girl needs guy friends, and keeping them is just a lot easier when you’re single.
  10. You can just pick up and go whenever and wherever you want. Feel like jet-setting out of town on a long weekend? There’s nothing stopping you. You don’t owe anyone a heads up, and you don’t need to plan in advance. You’re totally free and independent. Now that’s being single and fabulous.
Jessica Levy is a freelance blogger and content writer. She’s also a politics junkie, a fledgling foodie, and a frequent traveler. She has lived in Morocco, Israel, India, and Barbados, and never wants to be cold again. Follow her on Twitter!