SPONTANEITY IS AN OPTION
Because you are unencumbered, you have the freedom to do anything on a moment’s notice. You can go away for the weekend at the last minute, impulsively decide to change up your plans, or go hear a musician that you didn’t know was in town. Your friends know that you are flexible, and you become the go-to person for last-minute free invites to great events. There’s nothing like taking advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make you grateful for being single and unattached.
YOU CAN FOCUS ON YOUR FRIENDS
A significant other can have benefits, but sometimes it can be better to have time to focus on your friends who know you well. After all, relationships may come and go, but your longtime friends will always be there for you.
YOU CAN ENJOY VARIETY
Part of the joy of being single is that you don’t have to look to the same person to fulfill all your needs. Being single means you can have the person you have long, meaningful conversations with, one you dance with, one you do the foodie thing with, one you travel with—you get the idea.
YOU ACCEPT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOOKS
Now that you have life experience backing you up, gone are the days of being uncomfortable in your own skin. You stop trying to fit into a cookie cutter mold. At this time, you know and accept yourself and are comfortable with your style, without mimicking what the media tells us we should look like.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO DEAL WITH RELATIONSHIP ISSUES
This is a pretty darn good reason that being single is awesome. Contrary to popular belief, research indicates that single people who try to avoid conflict are just as happy (or happier) than those in relationships. The truth is, every couple experiences relationship issues at one time or another, but if you’re single, you don’t have to deal with the drama. You are too old for that crap, right?
YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHO YOU ARE
It takes a while to truly know yourself, to be comfortable with yourself, and to enjoy your own company. You are not intimidated to go out to eat alone or even take a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Truly, you understand the value of time and know how you want to spend it.
YOU CAN BOUNCE BACK FROM DATING DISAPPOINTMENTS QUICKLY
Even if someone wastes your time and leaves you a little heartbroken, you can recover well. Now already, you’ve been through some challenges and know how to pick yourself up, self-care-give, and say ‘onward.
YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR
You’ve been learning through experience about what is right and acceptable for you. No need to waste time dating people who don’t quite fit the bill.
To be continued