It’s not easy being single.
Your parents and relatives keep asking when you’ll get a boyfriend or girlfriend. And media and society in general always seem so biased against single people.
Don’t believe me? How many shows or movies do you watch which doesn’t involve, or at least imply, romance between characters?
Or why is it that people always think you need someone at your side to be happy? No, I’m not bitter. Not bitter at all…
So if you’re feeling left out this coming Valentine’s Day, don’t worry. There’s a similar yet lesser known holiday for us called Singles Awareness Day.
Held a day after Valentine’s, Singles Awareness Day, or SAD for short, is a day for self-love and acknowledging the many benefits of being single.
Want to know more about the benefits of being single? Here are just a few of them.
Being Single Means More Money for You.
Perhaps the most appealing of the benefits of being single is that you don’t need to share your salary with anybody else.
Sure, if you’re living with your significant other means you both get double the income. But that also means you get double the expenses – not to mention the expensive dates and gifts are. This becomes even more challenging once you have kids.
Meanwhile, if you’re single, you only have one person to worry about most of the time: you. This allows you to splurge more on what you want without worrying about angering your significant other with your spending.
However, being single doesn’t just mean you can waste your money. Another of the financial benefits of being single is it compels you to be more financially responsible.
Because you have nobody else to lean on, you must know how to prioritize your spending. And it also teaches you to save your money in case of emergencies.
Being Single Means More Me Time.
Having a partner means compromising between spending time with your significant other and for yourself. Besides money, another resource you’ll have plenty of when you’re single is time.
Having more time for yourself enables you to spend more time with your hobbies, get more sleep, or hang out with friends. Being in a relationship often forces you to put these on the back burner so you can spend time with your partner.
Do you want to play that newly-released game throughout the weekend? Go. No one’s stopping you.
How about going on a vacation alone to unwind from everyday stress? That’s fine too.
In this time of uncertainty, practicing self-care and spending more time for yourself improves your mental health and helps you grow.
It Helps You Know What You Truly Want in Life.
Life’s not a race. Some might find the perfect one early in life, some later. While some have found other things to focus their lives on.
Being single allows you to reflect and ask yourself what truly matters. Is it your career? Your family? Or is it something else?
Doing these helps you get to know yourself and your goals in life. This allows you to make changes in your day to day living so you can better achieve your goals.
You can’t easily do this when you’re in a relationship. I’m not saying you can’t do self-reflection when you have a partner. It’s simply more challenging to do so because you must consider them when making life decisions.
Being Single Enables You to be More Independent.
You learn to become more independent when you’re alone. You gain new skills, do things you previously thought you couldn’t do, and learn how to stand on your own two feet. How can you not feel proud about that?
Sure, having someone that can help you out during tough times is nice. But sometimes, we become overly dependent on our partners, and they become a crutch for us.
So if you ever feel inadequate because you’re single, don’t be. You should feel proud that you can live by yourself without depending on others too much.
It Helps You Be Better Prepared for a Relationship.
They say experience is the best teacher. However, this isn’t always the case, especially when discussing relationships.
Before considering being with another person, you must ensure you’re ready for a relationship. One of the reasons why many relationships fail is that one or both of you aren’t mentally, emotionally, and financially prepared.
Do you have clear life goals set already? What about your finances? Are you sure it’s feasible to live with your partner during this economic recession?
In addition, being in a relationship isn’t always the answer to your loneliness. Sometimes the key to your happiness is enjoying what you currently have: your family, friends, job, hobbies, etc.
No Love Life? No Problem!
Just because you’re single doesn’t automatically mean you’re lonely. There are many benefits of being single, as the above points show.
Being single means you have more time and money, helps you be more independent and introspective, and prepares you for future relationships.
So for those who’re still looking for Mr./Ms. Right, do not fret. They’ll come eventually. If you’re satisfied with the single life, I wish you all the best in your chosen path.
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Our jobs list has a wide range of remote work opportunities for you to choose from. Good luck, and happy Singles Awareness Day!