Happy Valentine's Day everyone! This holiday is for sure one of my least favourites (and always has been) for many reasons BUT the main reason being that it is an excuse for couples to validate their love and then in return it makes single people feel like s***.
As some of you may know, I have been single for a loooonng time - almost two years. And that's okay. There is nothing wrong with taking the time to love yourself and only yourself. Sure, there are perks to having a boyfriend, but it's not a necessity. It's unfortunate that singletons are made to feel bad about not having that "special someone." It's seen as a problem that has to be fixed, which is really unfair.
With that being said, let's get started with my top 10 reasons why I like being single!
1. You have plenty of time to hang out with your BFF's.
I don't know about you guys, but there is nothing I like more than hanging out with my friends. We always have such a great time together, so why ruin that by getting a boyfriend? It is already a struggle to find the extra time to see your girlfriends, and having a boyfriend would cut your time with them in half (at least). My friends like knowing that I will always be there for them, whenever they need it and I'm not sure I'm quite ready to give that up yet!
2. You can do what you want, when you want.
This one is key. I can come home from work and nap, go to the mall and shop (yas!), hang out with ANYONE I want, with no one to answer to. Hell, I can go out on a Friday night and not have to worry about telling my boyfriend where I'm going and who I'm with. That is not what I want to deal with at this stage in my life. Being only 23, I'm not ready to give up my independence and be committed to another person just yet. Which brings me to my next point..
3. You can be a strong and independent woman.
My friend Leanne always says this to me and it's true! Being single allows you to be independent and focus on the things that you are interested in, with no interruptions. I recently moved out of my parents house and it has really taught me a lot about who I am as a person. I'm still growing so much and I love the person that I am becoming (all by my lonesome). You don't need a man to define you, because you are perfect the way you are!
4. There are plenty more opportunities for "me time."
I have many friends who enjoy the company of others ALL the time, but for me I need alone time (quite frequently tbh). When I turn my Netflix on, I can put a chick flick on without feeling guilty. There is literally no one to make compromises for, and it's pretty great. You can be as selfish as you want and I definitely take full advantage of this.
5. There is absolutely no need to shave your legs. Ever.
Oh yes. This is one of my favourite things about being single. Did I go a week without shaving? Two? Three months? No one will ever know ;)
6. You can focus on moving up in your career.
This one is important. I find that sometimes when you are tied down with someone you aren't as motivated. This is not the case for everyone, don't get me wrong, but it can sometimes happen and we all know it. I'm currently working at a great company and really attempting to move my way up. Because I am single, there is no one to share expenses with, so I really have to make sure that I succeed in my career, as I am paying for everything by myself.
7. You can sleep alone in your bed without any interruptions.
You will NEVER have to change your sleep schedule for anyone, and you can get up as early/sleep as late as you want without worrying. If you like sleeping in a certain position, then no need to worry! You can full on starfish in your bed if you want. It really is the life *insert basic white b**** emoji here.*
8. You never have to worry about drama, fights or arguments.
When I was with my ex, I would start the pettiest fights about absolutely nothing and I can't even tell you why. Because it was fun? How awful is that.. Now, I just sit back and relax as my friends tell me about the stupid fights that they have with their boyfriends, and I am perfectly content.
9. The ultimate thrill of having a new crush.
Minus the f***boys, this can be really fun, and only single people get to experience this! On that note, perhaps a blog post on f***boys should be written in the near future. Anyways, back to crushes. There is something to be said about being interested in someone for the first time. I don't know about you guys, but I miss being in high school and secretly wondering if that one boy had a thing for you. Sigh.
10. You don't have to settle for less than you're worth.
I will preach this until the day that I die. Don't ever settle for anything less than you deserve. If you are reading this, know that you deserve the world. Don't date someone just to date someone, it will catch up to you in the end. Wait until you are ready, and I promise that the right person for you will come along.
Well there you have it friends, my top 10 reasons why being single is bomb AF. I'm just living life until the right person comes along! Being single is actually pretty great and you learn to be your own person without someone else defining you. Whether you're single or taken, I hope you have an amazing Valentines Day!