We’ll admit it right up front: single people don’t always have it easy. When it seems as though the entire world is coupled up, life can seem a little lonely. And let’s not even get into the holidays.
But it doesn’t have to be all bad if you look at the upside. Your time as a single person is very valuable if you use it correctly and keep a positive attitude. Getting down about living the single life? Don’t. Here are five reasons you should embrace it.
1) You Can Do Whatever You Want
This outlook may seem juvenile, but never underestimate how liberating it is to do whatever you want whenever you want. Have the chance to go on a last-minute trip to Mexico? Hit the museum first thing on Sunday? Go for it.
Look at your singlehood as an opportunity to explore all of the things you’ve always wanted to do. Try a new hobby or pick up one that you’ve lost along the way.
2) There’s Opportunity for Personal Growth
Rather than viewing it as a curse, think of being single as an opportunity to focus completely on you. This is really a gift in disguise: the chance to reflect on your past and think about what you really want out of the future. Also, you’ll figure out what you like, dislike and can’t stand, which will make you a better mate when Mr. or Ms. Right does come along. (And they will)
3) There’s a Sense of Adventure
With a significant other, most people avoid certain situations that have the potential to jeopardize the relationship. For example, a single man or woman may spend an evening at a nightclub with friends and come home at 4 a.m. In a committed relationship, that behavior probably wouldn’t fly too often.
As a singleton, you should embrace the fun and adventure of it all. Don’t get us wrong; being in a relationship is fun and adventurous too, but in an entirely different way.
4) You Can Build your Friendships
Do you know the cliché about the friend who disappears from their social circle as soon as they enter into a relationship? It’s clichéd because it happens. Singletons generally spend more time with their friends than those in committed relationships. If you are single, this is a good time to connect with your friends, reconnect with old friends and make new ones.
5) You Can Focus on Your Career
While we aren’t advocating that you spend every waking minute of your life at the office, being single does give you the opportunity to focus on your career. Without commitments or distractions, you can put all of your energy toward getting that promotion you’ve been lusting after or taking classes so that you can switch jobs. It might not seem like much of a consolation at the time, but all of those late nights will pay off in the long run.