I’m Probably Going To End Up A Crazy Cat Lady & I’m Okay With That

I’ve always joked that I would be an old spinster with cats, sitting alone on my couch with a cup of tea knitting my little heart out. As I get older, reality seems to be dangerously nearing that very scenario. I’m not that old yet but I feel like I’m 80 sometimes. Here’s why that’ll probably be my actual life soon (and why that’s just fine by me):

  1. Cats are awesome. Okay, I only have one and I’m not planning on getting any more. Still, never say never! I’ve wondered before whether my cat is lonely and needs a friend. That’s probably the road into dangerous territory — I’ll have six of them before I know it. They’re so sweet and warm and cuddly…
  2. My cat is nicer to me than any guy. I mean, that’s sort of a joke but also sort of true. He’s loving and snuggly and always wants to be next to me. That doesn’t seem like much to ask, but I can’t seem to find a guy who does all of that for me. The other benefit? My cat doesn’t talk, so he can’t bore me with stupid crap or piss me off by saying something offensive. It’s perfect.
  3. Not that I care, but I won’t be young and beautiful forever. I’m being a bit facetious by saying I’m beautiful, but seriously — I’m getting older and it’s getting difficult to hide. I’ve always looked much younger than my age but all that’s beginning to change. The right guy will love me even if I’m past my “prime,” so to speak, but if I do get a bit past it, whatever.
  4. I’ll survive if I don’t find the right guy. All of that aside, I have faith in myself to go on living even if I have to be single. I would like to meet someone wonderful, of course, but if I don’t, I won’t just sink into depression. If I do end up a crazy cat lady, well, there are worse problems in the world. I just want to be a kind, loving, happy crazy cat lady.
  5. I already love my life as-is. I don’t need a man to complete me. Sorry if that annoys you, but I just don’t. I want to be in a place where I’m truly okay with whatever comes my way, even if that means life as a crazy cat lady. I’m pretty damn lucky as it is and I can’t complain. I have so much good in my life that I feel ridiculous bitching about men.
  6. I love spending time alone at home… I’ve always been a homebody and it’s getting worse as I get older. When it’s cold outside, forget it. I’m not going anywhere. I also work from home, so that doesn’t help matters! If I can be in my sweats lounging around my house, I will — trust me. Now all I’m missing is more cats to keep me company.
  7. I have some weird but awesome “old lady” skills. I can knit, crochet, embroider, and sew. I know it’s unusual for someone of my age, but I love it. I actually learned all that when I was a little kid. I grew up in a very non-traditional household, obviously. I can even spin yarn. Gee, I wonder why I can’t find a man? Just kidding — I definitely don’t tell them any of that stuff. I wait until way after they already like me.
  8. I volunteer at a cat shelter. Just as the cherry on top of everything, I already take care of lots of cats as a hobby. I love helping the cats over there — they’re super sweet, and visiting them keeps me from wanting to get more of my own. It’s a win-win situation. Why can’t that be my life 24/7? It probably will be.
  9. I take responsibility for my own happiness. It’s fine. I can be taken, single, an old cat lady, an old dog lady, or whatever I want to be. As long as I like who I am, it doesn’t matter. I’m committed to being happy with myself regardless of what may or may not happen in my life. I can only control so much. I’m going to enjoy the life I have because it’s the only one I get.
  10. You never know — I could find a crazy cat man. Okay, fine, they’re few and far between, but they do exist. I actually know a few, now that I think about it. My point is that I want a guy who likes me the way I am. If I find him, awesome — we can hang out together in our house full of cats. I believe there’s someone out there for everyone. It just depends on whether I find that someone or not!
A former actress who has always loved the art of the written word, Amy is excited to be here sharing her stories! She just completed her first novel, and is also a contributor for Elite Daily, Dirty & Thirty, and Thought Catalog. Amy is the founder of What If Journey and can be found on Twitter @amyhorton18. You can also visit her website at amyhorton.net.