Relationships are great, but being single has its own set of amazing perks. So if you need a reminder of how awesome your solo status can be, read on:
Your “recommended” selection on Netflix is actually for you. No one else’s TV preferences can interfere with your curated list—and even if those recommended shows are things like Pretty Little Liars, who’s there to judge you? No one. You do you, girlfriend.
Your at-home rituals can be as gross as you want them to be.There are a few self-care things that you don’t typically want an audience for, which is one reason why it’s great to have your place—and your Sunday nights—completely to yourself. We’re talking about that hideous mud mask that makes your skin look amazing, those blobs of acne cream you speckle onto your face before bed, your retainer that you’re still supposed to wear, you get the idea. You know they’ll make you look and feel that much better when you wake up—and when you’re sleeping alone, there’s no shame.
Girl’s night can be every night. Why yes, you can come over for an impromptu movie night at your best friend’s house tonight. And that girls trip to Fiji? Already booked it. When you’re flying solo, your vacation days are all yours to spend however you please.
You never have FOMO about what your friends are up to—because you’re right there with them. At times, it can be hard to strike a balance between spending time with your friends and your significant other. But when you’re single, that’s a non-issue. Your schedule is wide-open for mimosas at Sunday brunch and that color run you’ve been dying to do.
You can shave your legs a little bit less. It’s not like you’ve ditched your razor for good, but if your legs start to get slightly—or, okay, extremely—prickly? There’s no immediate rush.
You’re not too busy texting your boyfriend to realize that there is an insanely hot guy at this party. In fact, yeah, you’re going to go make out with him right now. Because you can. Because you’re up in the club, just broke up, doing your own little thing. Do you hear that? Yeah, that’s Beyoncé cheering you on.
You’re free to go on that weird Grouper date. Or any date, for that matter. Sure, first dates can be nerve-wracking, but they’re also fun, and you only get to do them when you’re single. Who cares if that guy from Tinder ended up being a total jerk? At least you got dinner and a great story out of it.
The money you would’ve spent on a beau’s birthday present? It’s still in your wallet. And by “in your wallet” we mean you spent that chunk of change on a brand new, kind-of-out-of-your-price-range dress. And who could blame you? You look hot in it.
You’re allowed to fantasize about being on The Bachelor.Watching The Bachelor when you’re in a relationship just isn’t the same. Only when you’re single can you accept a rose from some hunky guy on national television. We’re not saying you’d make it all the way to the Fantasy Suite, but we’re also not saying you wouldn’t.
The only thing you’re looking out for on Pinterest are awesome workouts and genius cocktail recipes. Seriously, have you seen thisred, white, and blue mimosa bar? Now that is how you use a mason jar, people. Sure, it’s incredibly fun—and a little overwhelming—to curate ideas for your wedding, but there will be plenty of time for that after your single days are over.
There’s no one else’s family to impress.
When you’re in a relationship, you essentially adopt another set of parents and siblings who you’ll really want to impress. So much pressure! When you’re single, you only have to stress about your own parents—and you know they’ll probably love you even when you’re a hot mess.
The whole mattress is yours.
You haven’t found Mr. Right yet—and that’s a whole lot better than being with Mr. Wrong.
It might sound cliché, but being single means having more time and energy to focus on yourself. Would you want to waste all of that on the wrong person? No way. Here’s to being single, and not compromising yourself for the wrong person.