If you think you’re the only lonely single out there, you’re mistaken. Loneliness is one of the most common emotions shared by singles, especially following a break up.
You may look at other couples enviously and wish that you were walking in their shoes. But the truth, being single is great and it comes with many benefits that often go overlooked. The next time you’re feeling down about being single, remember there are things you can look forward to and things you can be thankful for. Here are six reasons why being single is better than a relationship.
1. Less Drama to Deal With
You think it’s hard to figure out your life? Imagine having to balance what you want with what your partner wants. Your partner has desires and needs and you also have desire and needs. Either both of you compromise and no one fully gets what they want, or one of you wins and that’s not fair to one of the parties in the relationship. This creates resentment, plus plenty of drama, fighting and stress. When you’re single, you don’t have to worry about this sort of drama. You can solely focus on your own desires and needs and not feel selfish about it.
2. More Time for Yourself
Being single allows you to focus on yourself, without the distraction of another person.. When you’re single, you can get involved in activities you never thought about doing before. You can train for a marathon, take on a new hobby or focus on you growing career. Most importantly, you will have time to get to know yourself. This is important because there will be times in your life when the only person you can rely on and trust is yourself, so take the time and effort to build that relationship.
3. You Can Travel When You Want To
When you’re single, you can travel wherever you want, whenever you want.
It’s true that you can totally go away when you’re with someone, but when you’re flying solo, you can pick up your suitcase and travel for weeks at a time without feeling guilt for it. The only schedule you’re working around is your own. Satisfying your traveling desires is a lot easier when you don’t have someone back at home waiting for you. And if you’re dating, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing a connection for the sake of wanting to finally see the Eiffel Tower.
4. Time to Focus on Your Friendships
When you’re in a relationship, your life begins to revolve around your partner. There simply isn’t time to build and develop strong, stable friendships. Being single gives you the time and energy to build lasting platonic relationships. Being single is also an opportunity to cultivate new friendships.
You can also take a class, get involved in community activities and volunteer. These are great ways for you to challenge yourself while also receiving a great return on investment. If you were previously involved in a group or organization that you’ve fallen off
5. More Freedom
When you’re single, you can do what you want, when you want. When you’re a solo agent, navigating the world is based on your desires and needs. You’ll never have more freedom than when you’re completely single. There isn’t anyone to check in with or someone to guilt them into doing something else. Being in a relationship is all about compromise, but when you’re single, no compromise is needed.