These Are The 5 Things You Need To Make Time For When You're Single
It's easy to stress out about finding a significant other, and society's constant reminder to find love doesn't help, either.
Going to family dinners as the only single one can be annoying. Having your coupled-up friends ask if you've met anyone yet probably makes your skin crawl.
Feeling pressured by everyone and everything to find someone is no doubt stressful.
As long as you're single, you will most likely experience these qualms, and if you're forever alone, they're probably even a little more prevalent.
Although it may seem like everyone around you feels bad for you and questions why you're still single, the pity party can end at you.
Being forever alone isn't as bad as society makes it out to be. In fact, it can be pretty awesome if you learn how to embrace it.
Here are five ways to fall in love with being forever alone:
1. Embrace your squad.
Your squad are your peeps, and whether it consists of two people or 20, they're the ones who will always have your back.
When you're coupled-up, your squad becomes a distant memory, and most of your time is tied up with your SO.
When you're forever alone, you have the freedom to create your very own Taylor Swift girl (or boy) squad.
Don't we all look at those pictures of T. Swift with her squad on the 4th of July and feel a little bit of envy?
The good news is, you can have that, too. Go out for a night on the town with your posse, gossip about it the next day over brunch, have sleepovers and eat junk food until you feel sick.
You have the freedom to do it, so do it.
Embrace and invest in your friendships because at the end of the day, your squad will be the ones who are by your side through thick and thin.
Being forever alone is the perfect excuse to travel the world, see new things and meet new people.
You don't have anyone tying you down to one location, and you don't have to ask for anyone else's permission before you go anywhere. You are free to do what you want, when you want.
Being forever alone means you can book a flight to places you've always wanted to go and do things you've always wanted to do.
Make a travel bucket list, and start crossing items off your list.
Traveling is not only great for seeing parts of the world you've never seen, but it's also awesome for meeting new people and adding to that squad of yours.
3. Be spontaneous.
When you're forever alone, you can be as spontaneous as you want.
You don't need to make plans if you don't want to. This is the perfect time in your life to embrace adventure.
If you've made a travel bucket list, you can spontaneously book a flight. If you want to re-decorate your entire apartment, go for it; no one is stopping you.
If there's a new restaurant you've been wanting to try, what's holding you back?
Embrace the fact that being single means you don't have anyone to answer to, so take advantage of it.
If you are a planner, like myself, start out small. You don't have to book a last-minute flight across the world if that's not your thing.
Instead, maybe go shopping and splurge on something cute, or go on that hike you've been wanting to take for a while now.
The key here is to be spontaneous and do things just for the hell of it.
4. Learn something new.
Write down a list of things you've always wanted to try.
Keep a pen and paper close so that every time you think of something, you can write it down.
Whether it's signing up for tennis lessons, volunteering, taking a workout class or learning a new language, nothing is too big or too small.
Once you've completed your list, go through it and decide where you want to start.
Take the time you would be spending with your SO and invest it in yourself. It's never too late to learn something new, and the more new stuff you learn, the more interesting you become.
5. Discover yourself.
Being forever alone is the perfect opportunity to discover who you truly are.
Reflect on your likes and dislikes, figure out your goals in life and learn about who you are as a person.
Being forever alone means you are constantly learning things about yourself that you never knew before.
A great place to start is learning how to differentiate your thoughts from others, think about things in your life that you believe based on what you've been told by others and start forming your own opinion.
This will help you discover your core beliefs and allow you to feel more grounded as an individual.
Another great way to discover yourself is by embracing solitude, getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and allowing yourself to be alone with your thoughts in peace.
You'd be surprised how much you learn about yourself when you strip away all the distractions.
Being forever alone isn't as bad as society makes it out to be, and once you finally realize you don't need a partner to live life to the fullest, you'll be your best self.