Personally I’m not all that impressed by society’s obsession with being a couple.
Being in a couple can be great, but I’d just like to say that being single is actually pretty damn good too.
Being single means:
- You can do whatever the hell you want to do.
Suddenly feel tired at a party? You can go home at the exact moment you want to. When you get home you can then dress in revolting tartan pyjamas and even more ghastly furry slippers like the gentleman in the above photograph. You can even pop a cute little winter jumper on to your mug of coffee like he has if this is the kind of thing that gets you going.
Do you like to do things your way most of the time? Go ahead and do whatever you want, exactly the way you want to do it. Too many late afternoon drinks and you can’t be bothered cooking dinner tonight? Feel free to eat straight out of that tin of tuna that you later discover is cat food.
Not only can you do whatever you want when you’re single, you also don’t have to put up with the other half of your couple when they’re being a pain in the arse. It doesn’t matter who you’re with, all human beings are a pain in the arse sometimes. Not only that, they all sometimes go through high-maintenance-continuous-pain-in-the-arse-phases where they are needy because they are going through a difficult patch in their lives. This difficult patch might just be something like a death in their family, a change in their job situation or a health problem. Because you are their special person, you’ll be the one patiently helping them through this phase. While your special person will love you for this, we all know that it’s about as much fun as a complicated 24 hour rectal operation where the anaesthesia fails completely and you have a number of doctors and a class room full of medical students present the whole time.
I know this because I can be a much bigger pain in the arse than my de facto ever is, and even I don’t like my own company much at such times.
- You can focus on yourself and your goals and dreams.
Being single is a great opportunity to both nurture and develop yourself. You can learn things that you’ve always wanted to learn. You can develop new habits and become a happier and calmer person. It’s always a good thing to use your single time to deal with some of your issues, because as sure as hell if you don’t use this time to deal with them, they’ll always rear their ugly head in your next romantic relationship.
I know this because the fact that I didn’t have my shit sorted out in some areas of my life emerged like the alien exploding out of Sigourney Weaver’s stomach in Alien. As you can imagine this aggressive alien had a negative impact on my relationship. I’m just thankful it didn’t pop out during an intimate moment.
- The world is a veritable smorgasbord of hotties, and you are the hottest of them all.
God, is anyone else burning up in here?
Yeah, it’s that burning field of red hot sexual energy that surrounds you.
It’s so intensely red-hot it is blowing the body temperature of everyone else in the room through the roof.
You can’t help it, you’ve just got it.
It doesn’t matter what age you are, you’ll always have it.
The only thing you can do is simply enjoy it, and enjoy the anticipation of who you are going to find amongst that beautiful and adrenalin raising smorgasbord of hotties.
It’s only a matter of time before you bump into someone who is almost on fire, they are that hot. Not only that, but this person will also be loving, funny, kind and intelligent.
The only time being single ever bothered me was when I was feeling a bit down. I occasionally doubted myself and thought that I might not be good enough to meet someone totally amazing.
I shouldn’t have wasted my time.
I should’ve simply kept believing in myself, and continued having a great time learning new things and doing all the things I wanted to do while I was single.
As they say, enjoy it while it lasts.
All of the amazing photos included in this essay are taken from the awesome website pexels.com.
© Annemaree Jensen 2018