As much as I complain (sorry besties and parents) about being single, there are some nights where I come home to my apartment, take off my pants stats, dolly up a green face masque and binge-watch to my heart's content. There are plenty of perks to being single. There's something pretty magical about setting your own rules, doing anything (or absolutely nothing) you'd like and not having to answer to anyone else, compromise or make plans unless you want to.
From financial freedom and the ability to pick-up and go whenever we please, to the beautiful opportunity for something incredible to unfold at any moment and the undeniable relaxation that comes from not having to share your bed, your wallet or your opinions—being single is actually pretty great for dudes and gals, if we take a second to breathe, let dating take it's course and zen out.
The perks of being single don't always outweigh the loneliness that can come with years of flying-solo or beat the inevitable frustration or disappointment you feel after a promising date turns sour, but if we can take a moment to appreciate—and laugh about—the benefits of being on your own brings, then maybe you won't be so negative about the next months (or gulp, years) we have until we meet that person.
Straight from the mouth's of (mostly) happily single people across the country, here are some of the best parts about not being tied to anyone's Facebook relationship status:
1. Nicole, 26
“There’s something so nice about being able to look ahead at the year and think about the places you want to see, the trips you want to take, the traveling you want to do and not have to consider anyone else in those decisions. Want to go to Spain? Grab a friend and go. Want to lay on a beach for a weekend by yourself? You do you. I look forward to traveling with someone one day, but I’m seeing all the places I don’t want to compromise my passport for in the future… now.”
2. Landon, 25
“Being single means I don’t have someone nagging me to clean up my apartment if I don’t want to. It might be a mess, but it doesn’t matter - it’s my choice and I can leave those pizza boxes and dirty dishes out as long as I want to.”
3. Madison, 29
“While all my friends are talking about mortgages, trying to get pregnant and how they’ll deal with their annoying in-laws over the holidays or summer vacations, I’m over here drooling over my (rather large) savings account and figuring out what I’d like to buy for myself. All of my money, all of my time… all mine!”
4. Lindsey, 27
“While some of my friends are in long-term, amazing relationships and others are single like me, one of the things that being single gives you is possibility. I could meet an incredible man tomorrow night or two months from now or a year from now. There is always something to look forward to and always a surprise, because I never know how it’s all going to unfold until it does.”
5. Jack, 30
“Call me an asshole, but I hate sharing my bed with someone. I love having the entire space to do whatever I want without someone trying to get me to spoon them.”
6. Sarah, 24
“I like to cook, but only on my own terms. When I had a boyfriend, we were constantly talking about what we’d have for dinner, and now I do whatever I want. Fritos and hummus? Ice cream? Half of a rotisserie chicken? My choice, my belly!”
7. Ben, 32
“I know I should want to be in something serious by now, and I do want to have kids one day, but I really like the variety. There is always someone new to meet, something fascinating to learn and awesome sex to have.”
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