30 reasons why you should embrace being single in your 20s

Staying single in your twenties can be filled with endless pressure. Tasteless jokes from family members nicknaming you Bridget, friends constantly trying to set you up, or the patronising ‘you’ll meet someone when you least expect to’ as though you have spent the last decade endlessly searching for nothing else but love. Pitying gazes from peers believing we cannot be a happy fulfilled person without an ‘other half’ to complete us. I really don’t know why this stigma is still around. It’s an outdated social norm I am bored off. ‘Single’ or just a person as it should be better know, is in no way a bad reflection on a person. You don’t need to change your personality, the way you look or the things you like, just keep doing all things in life people do as a ‘two’ because we are all individual humans. 

These are my 30 reasons why you should embrace being single in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond instead of developing repetitive strain injuries from desperate tinder swipes.

  1. Despite feeling like the only one ‘left on the shelf’, you are not, there are so many other ‘single’ friends around you who you can flee the country with on February 14th.
  2. There is no one taking up more than their half of the bed, and you can have the electric blanket on the highest setting, regardless of how much you are actually cooking yourself.
  3. Every penny you earn is all for you. No having to split the food bill when you only ate 1/3 of the shop.
  4. The world is literally your oyster, you can up sticks and move anywhere you want without having to have thatlet’s give long distance a go’ conversation.
  5. There is no one to make you feel like the most miserable person on the planet. I had one ex who I think thought that his sole purpose was to make me as miserable as he could. No, thank you.
  6. You have more time for your hobbies and fitness, that tennis career you feel you missed out on can now be yours, you’ve just got to actually find and make it to a club.
  7. You can go on as many dates with as many different people as you want. It’s a good excuse to try all those new food places out at least that the girls won’t go to. 
  8. You won’t be divorced by 30. Every shade of yay for you.
  9. You don’t have to turn down exciting social occasions for significant other’s family party that you’d rather not go to.
  10. There is no football in your life anywhere.
  11. Christmas is so much cheaper and easier, and you now only need to lie to your own family about liking presents you really hate, and you’ve been doing that for years anyway. Pressure off.
  12. You don’t have to waste money on valentines day, anniversaries, National boyfriend day and that important Steak and Blowjob day, seriously what guy came up with that?
  13. You can go on as many girls holidays as you want.
  14. You can sleep easy at night knowing you are not being cheated on or wondering if he too is stashing away a second phone Dr Foster style.
  15. There are no ex-girlfriends anywhere in your life, not one. Bliss.
  16. You don’t have to put up with any annoying habits but your own and they are not annoying.
  17. There is no one (who has no idea about makeup) suggesting how you should do your makeup differently, or that the clothes you are wearing are boring.
  18. You can tell anyone who is not single to get off the dance floor when single ladies comes on. That is your song and you will own it.
  19. You can text, talk and snapchat that guy you’ve had your eye on without feeling guilty. Whilst your coupled-up friends look on enviously or have to entertain themselves vicariously through you.
  20. You don’t care about settling down at 27 because it sounds very similar to settle and no one wants to do that.
  21. You don’t have to continuously shave your legs.
  22. You can look so ugly with facemasks on your face, some unflattering pjs and toothpaste on spots and its ok because you won’t look in the mirror and your dog will still love you no matter how bad you look.
  23. You are the skinniest you have ever been and will ever be because you don’t have a lump next to you that is constantly hungry telling you pizza for lunch is fine, making you forget all food consuming normality because they lose weight just thinking of their next meal.
  24. You can buy yourself flowers, without guys thinking you are dropping hints at what a constant disappointment they are.
  25. You don’t have to share the TV or pretend to be really interested in a programme you hate.
  26. You don’t have to meet any more family members. Keeping up with your own family is traumatic enough at times.
  27. You don’t have anyone wasting your time at weekends. There is nothing more frustrating than agreeing to leave at ten and there they are ten past ten with a bowl of bloody Cocopops and a cup of tea and they haven’t even showered yet.
  28. You can rest easy knowing that no moment of madness will make you post something on Instagram captioned ‘Bae did good’ whilst flashing some unattractive rose gold timepiece.
  29. Actually, bae doesn’t even exist in your vocabulary and for that alone you are grateful.
  30. You can get out of giving people relationship advice by saying really look at my track record. Works every time.


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