Being in a relationship is the standard we hold ourselves up against; we've made it so crucial in life that we forget the reasons why some people are happy to be single! Being coupled and flying solo aren't two opposites; one isn't better than the other. It's a choice we all make — just like how some people like chocolate and others prefer vanilla. And then there are those people who like chocolate and vanilla, and they just have all kinds of fun.
Truthfully, there are many positives to being single, and it ends up being an important time in many of our lives when we focus on ourselves and figure out who we are and what we want. Casual dating is fun and carefree; but trying to handle a long-term relationship before you've had time to yourself can be challenging. Plus, there are some people who don't want to be in relationships... period! And that's just fine. Life's about being happy — whether you're happy by yourself, or whether you find happiness with another.
Whatever the reasons may be, there are plenty of people out there who are totally fine without their plus one, thank you very much. Here are just some of the reasons why.
1. The Only Financial Situation You Have To Handle Is Your Own
Money is one of the biggest causes of stress in relationships. No relationship? Fewer money problems! #Win. Although, I'd like to throw out there that some of us are so talented, we create more than enough money problems all on our own. #NotTryingToBragBut
2. You Can Be A Little More Selfish
Relationships truly are a responsibility. You have to nurture them and care for them. They don't typically work all on their own. While I'm always down for some good old fashioned apple picking, the single life does afford other luxuries, like being able to leave dirty underwear on the floor and never having to see anyone's weird, drunk uncle.
3. Sometimes, You Want To Wait For The One
Who has time for kissing frogs? Some people just want their prince/princess! Although...there is something to be said for going on dozens of awful Tinder dates: they make great stories later on.
4. You Can Put Your Job First
In the words of Rihanna, "You see me I be work, work, work, work, work, work." It's hard to work, work, work, work, work, work when there's someone waiting for you at home so you can watch Game of Thrones together.
5. You Can Fart Freely
Let's be real: we all love being alone for this exact reason.
6. No One Will Interrupt Your Video Game Time
Doesn't four hours of uninterrupted Nintendo time sound like heaven on earth to you? Toss in some Pizza Rolls and Hi-C, and you have the perfect party for one.
7. You Don't Have To Buy More Gifts
Monthsary gifts? I'd like to know who gets a gift for every month they're with their partner, and how I can get my boyfriend to start doing this.
8. Leaving Other People Out Of Your Issues
Um... I'm just really sorry to hear this.
9. Your Apartment Stays Clean
No toothpaste chunks in the sink. No dirty dishes left on the counter. No stinky socks tossed on the floor. That's the life.
10. Screw Everything
YEAH. GIVE NO SH*TS. Sh*ts are overrated anyway.
11. There's No One To Judge You
Listen, you don't need those kind of people in your life. If they can't appreciate your mom's meatloaf or your dad's Trump jokes, bye Felicia.
12. Relationships Are Too Exhausting
True. Life gets too people-y sometimes. Who has the energy to talk and make eye contact and stuff?
13. You Only Have To Worry About Yourself
As not-romantic as it sounds, relationships honestly do entail taking responsibility for someone else's feelings — and it can be really hard sometimes.
14. You Can Flirt With Any Human Being You Desire
Yeah, yeah, yeah — going to the gym and picking up an instrument are great... but flirting? You the real MVP.