In anticipation of Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson's upcoming comedy How To Be Single , Twitter users began weighing in on optimal ways to fly solo. The new film, based on a best-selling book by Liz Tuccillo of the same name, basically celebrates the ups and downs of being unattached. Although the sad, lonely spinster is still a feared archetype while the badass bachelor reigns supreme, there are thankfully a few more examples out there of single women successfully taking on the world without an S.O. by their side.
If shows like Sex And The City, Girlfriends and Girls can teach us anything, it's that some of the best times of your life are just as likely to be when you have nobody but your BFFs to answer to. In my experience, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone, and although being partnered has its perks, there's something satisfying about the power of self-reliance.
So if I could tell my single self anything, it would be this: enjoy the uninterrupted sleep of a person with a bed to themselves, relish the plans you can make on a whim without thinking of someone else, and embrace all the ways you can get to know yourself better when you're not preoccupied with a relationship. Singlehood doesn't always last forever, and that's not necessarily a good thing.
Here are 10 people's perspectives on how to be single.
1. Cara, 36
Read all the books you can before a future S.O. takes up all your free time
2. Jada, 25
Take yourself out, even if it feels weird to go to a movie or concert or bar alone.
3. Sasha, 30
Cultivate that 'crazy cat lady' vibe, but own it. Hard.
4. Tom, 28
Hang with your friends, 24/7.
5. Selina, 24
Taste the rainbow. Of people.
6. Sam, 35
Focus on bettering yourself. Be selfish, in a good way.
7. Jules, 31
Enjoy your family before you're stuck spending time with someone else's for the holidays.
8. Charlie, 26
Cherish your quiet time.
9. Bette, 37
Travel alone. You'll open yourself up to so many new experiences.
10. Tina, 27
Practice self-love and self-care.
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