At a certain age, being single is sometimes viewed as a kind of personal failing. Not so much by the single people themselves but by their smug coupled friends and family. But what they are forgetting is how much fun single life actually is!
That is not to say that being in a couple doesn’t have its benefits, it’s just that they are highlighted much more often than those of being single.
Not having a partner to consider at all times allows us single folk much more freedom than our coupled counterparts. We don’t feel obliged to go to someone’s boring work do or endure Sunday afternoons watching golf on the telly or making the trek across the country to visit their parents/grandparents/aunt. Instead we can spend our time exactly how please.
Of course those who are paired off might wonder who we would spend our time with, but just because we’re not romantically involved with someone does not mean we don’t have friends or family who can fill our days with love and laughter! In fact not having a partner allows us a wealth of time to spend with those very people.
Sometimes it’s nice not having to share everything, including a bathroom, with the opposite sex. Everyone needs time alone now and again but many couples – especially those co-habiting – rarely get that opportunity. Once kids come into the picture you can pretty much forget any time alone, at least until they start school.
Let’s be honest though, the best part of being single is the lifestyle. Staying out late, sleeping in on the weekends, jetting off to visit friends in far flung places at the drop of hat without someone relying on you round the clock – you can just have fun!
Apart from all of that, single life allows us to develop a true sense of self before we embark on a relationship. It also helps develop a sense of independence and self-assurance as well as an opportunity to really consider what you want in life and from a partner.
Flirting, dating and enjoying my own company is the best part of being a singleton but that’s not to say I wouldn’t take up the offer of coupledom from the right person. I’m just taking my time.