Being single may be one of the best experiences of your life. It teaches you self-reliance. It teaches you self-confidence. It teaches you an immense amount about who you are. It teaches you how to keep yourself company.
Relationships and marriages require a significant amount of time, as anyone who is married or in a relationship will tell you. So when you're single, you may have more time for yourself and things that you like to do. You can set your own schedule. Being single may give you more time for hobbies, relaxation, being with friends and family, and so on. Being single gives you more time to better yourself.
When you're single, there's no one around to do all the things you don't know how to do, which makes being single a great opportunity to sharpen your DIY skills and boost your confidence. If you read a couple of books and ask questions at your local hardware or home-improvement store, you'll be surprised how quickly you can learn everything from cooking to plumbing.
Couples often become insulated, spending most of their time with each other and not making many new friends. Single people are more "out there" and more approachable, so they tend to meet more people and end up experiencing more of what life has to offer. Each new friendship or romance is a chance to learn something new - from mountaineering to the mysteries of wine - and those lessons stay with you even if the people move on.
Couplehood means compromise. When you're single, any compromises you make are with yourself. Being single leaves you free to pursue your passions, follow your dreams, and live life on your own terms.
If you want to try living in Paris, have a hankering to move to Alaska and breed sled dogs, or feel the urge to buy an RV and hit the road, you can. You're single. Living single means you can take risks that might be difficult to justify or persuade a partner to support if you were part of a couple. Whether you're taking up an extreme sport, or making a career move that sacrifices short-term income for long-term opportunity, the only person you're putting at risk is you.
You may not be wealthy and you may need to keep your day job, but the single life gives you another kind of financial independence. When you're part of a couple or you have a family, many spending decisions are collective, and most of your paycheck has to support other people's needs. When you're single, you alone are in charge of how you spend your money.
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