As a newly single lady, I announced my singleness with the expectation of cheers of liberation and praise. To my surprise, I was instead given hugs, comforting words, and suggestions on where I could go to find a new man.
Evidently society possessed the opinion that a single female in her late twenties should be jumping back on that bandwagon quickly, or be left to a life of solitude. Even dating sites began insisting that they had the right formula to meet the man of my dreams, and my own mother subtly hinted at the benefits that match.com could bring me.
While surprised at these reactions, I wasn’t phased by them. The relationship grass may have been greener, but rather than looking over the other side of the fence I was going to water my own damn lawn!
I began to jot down all the reasons why I was appreciative of being single, and what do you know – I came up with 101 of them!
With summer just around the corner, I have a whole new list of reasons why it’s great to be single! Let’s take a look through the top 20 Reasons Why it’s Great to Be Single This Summer:
- You’ll Look Better
We get into a relationship and we become complacent. Not to mention, you just don’t seem to have as much time as when you’re single. Being single means you have more time to hit the gym, and gives you the incentive you need to do so – get that gym body!
- More Friends
Single people have more emotional energy to share with friends. When you enter into a relationship, you want to spend all the time you can with your boyfriend or girlfriend. That’s cute, but now you have less time to spend with friends and your social circle dwindles. Keep that social life luscious by living the single life.
- More Travelling
Summer is a fantastic time to get out and explore the open road. When you are in a relationship you have to work out both of your schedules, and you have to choose a place that you both want to go to. When you’re single, you have a ton of friends to choose from – at least one of them will be available and willing to head off to your favorite destination.
Summer dating is fantastic – there are a TON of summertime activities that are a really good time, and usually FREE. You don’t have to be guilty about going on a couple dates each week because you aren’t blowing your wallet.
- No Sharing Ice Cream
It’s summer… it’s freakin’ hot out. So you go to the store to grab a tub of your favorite quality cookie dough ice cream. When you’re single, you don’t have to share! That tub is simply too small for two spoons.
- Getting Where you Need to Be
Doing anything always takes much longer when there are two people. Getting ready to go out, picking a restaurant, and even planning your traveling adventures all take much less time when you’re solo.
- Finding Your Stuff
You have a way of organizing your things that may not make sense to someone else. So your boyfriend or girlfriend, trying to be helpful, cleans the house and puts your things somewhere – and now you can’t find them! When you’re running out of the house to hit the beach the last thing you want to do it rummage around looking for your bathing suit.
- Bonus Invites
There are lots of events happening in the summer! If you are single and one of your friends of family members has an extra ticket somewhere they are going to ask you, you are the token single person there to save the day.
- Guilt-Free Adventures
In the summer you never know what shenanigans you’ll get up to. Boat rides with random hotties at the beach? Heck yes!
- Belt it Out
Summertime is the best time to roll down your windows and belt it out to your favorite tune. There’s an air of liberation that comes when you are alone in the car, that just isn’t there when you’re driving around with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
- You Know Where You’re Junk’s At
This point relates to junk in a sexual nature. It’s summertime, there are scantily clad people everywhere and the risk of cheating is at an all-time high. When you’re single, you know where your junk is and who you’re sharing it with.
- Let is Hang Low
It’s a fun visual, however this point goes for gals just as much as guys – you’re single, you live alone, and it’s hot out because its summer. Why not be naked in your own home? When you live with someone, even someone you’re comfortable with, you probably aren’t just wandering around the house naked. When you’re single though – all bets are off (unless you don’t have blinds…then perhaps be conscious of your neighbors as well).
- No Foreign Shniggits
What is a schniggit you say?! A schniggit is a small fleck of something, anything. Those moustache trimmings he leaves in the sink? Schniggit! The leg hairs sticking to the side of the tub after she shaves? Shchniggits! The pieces of sand dragged into the house after a day at the beach? Those are schniggits too! When you’re single the only schniggits you need to worry about are your own. Somehow they are much less gross when they are yours.
- A Visitor in Your Own City
The first date always carries pressure of doing something exciting. This helps you do things you wouldn’t normally do, and in the summer there are OH so many activities to try! After a few first dates you now know you’re city better than before, and you have lots more activities to do with your friends.
- Mix Up Your Meals
When you’re single you can eat whatever you want! Summer time means farmer’s markets, with TONS of fresh local veggies. No need to worry about whether your boyfriend or girlfriend will eat what you’re cooking – it’s all up to you!
- No Random Mess
No cleaning up someone else’s mess. Whether it’s a dirty bathing suit in the bathtub, a used towel thrown on the floor from a day at the beach, or sandy flip flops in the hallway, when it’s someone else’s mess it’s WAY more annoying than when it’s yours.
- What Do You Want?
Ever been asked what you wanted to do and actually had no idea what to say? In a relationship, you’re constantly taking into consideration what your partner wants to do, and not really thinking about what would make you happy. Summertime has lots of fun activities for you to try – get out there and do something you wouldn’t normally do!
- Treat Yourself
Feel like buying a whole new summer wardrobe? Go for it! If you have the money, that is – I am not advocating debt for clothing. In a relationship, your partner seems to feel as though they have a right to comment on all your purchases – when you are single, you can blow the bank without feeling that guilt.
- Finding Your Zen
No matter how similar you are to someone there will always be differences, and that means fighting. Summer isn’t a time for fighting, it’s a time for relaxing and having fun! No relationship means no squabbling.
- Sexy Magic
Newly single? You just got hotter. Once you own your singleness, you carry an air of independence about you that is envious to those in relationships, and extremely attractive to those who aren’t! You strut down the beach feeling fine you saucy singleton.
What are YOUR reasons for being single this summer? Leave a comment below!
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