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Suddenly Single: 5 Reasons to Rejoice

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So all of a sudden, either you’ve been broken up with, or you’ve finally mustered up the courage to break up with someone.  If you had any affection for the person to begin with, of course it’s going to be sad, at least a little bit.  By all means, take the time you need to be sad about it…but then you should turn right back around and revel in the following:

1) You don’t have to worry about someone else’s plans when going out

I think this is my least favorite thing about being in a relationship.  Whichever side of it you’re on– whether you’re concerned that the other person doesn’t care about spending time with you, or if you’re the one feeling suffocated by the other person’s neediness– either way, this means either the other person does not actually want to be with you, or you don’t really want to be with the other person.  If you guys don’t want to spend time with each other, whichever one of you it is,  just call it quits, ok?   You guys should WANT to hang out together fairly often, it’s not about forcing people into feelings that aren’t there, rather, time together should work pretty organically.  If this isn’t the case for you, your relationship probably doesn’t have a chance in the world, and you’re just lying to yourself if you think it does.  But you know what’s awesome?  Not thinking about or dealing with this because you’re single now!

2) You can do whatever you want in your bed

Have you ever dated someone that’s the BIGGEST pain in the ass when it comes to sleeping/waking up?  Like, you have to walk on fucking eggshells so they don’t throw a fit if you wake them up accidentally?  Or how about if you have to squeeze into a corner of the bed because they take up so much goddamn room?  Well, you can shake off those shackles of sleep-pression and start spreading yourself out like this is the last snow angel you’ll ever make…in bed, I guess.

3) If you want to watch a stupid period piece movie, you can do it whenever you want!

In my experience, most people, who tend to fall into the category of men, really, really dislike period piece movies with a strong female lead (thanks, Netflix, for your very specific categorizations!).  I’m sorry (or AM I????), but I tend to enjoy such things a great deal, and if I’m always with my loser boyfriend who doesn’t want to watch movies like that, I have to MAKE time to watch those movies.  The thing is though, that I’m a busy career woman on the go who doesn’t always have time time to make time.  What should I do?  Probably break up with him.  Just kidding.  But seriously, now that you’re single, you’ll have time to watch anything you want, whenever you want!  Never settle for something you only kinda want to see again!

4) Make a pass at that person you’ve been secretly eyeing

Finally, you don’t have to feel guilty about your feelings toward another attractive person!  And you can even DO SOMETHING about it.  Even if you don’t really want to hit on them, you now don’t have to hold back wanting to talk to them, or whatever because your girlfriend or boyfriend might get mad.  This is perhaps the most rewarding feeling about being single– just the freedom of not being weirdly monitored and constantly questioning your feelings about your significant other.  Again, both of which are indications that you shouldn’t be in the relationship!

5) No stupid event obligations that drain your bank account

I don’t know about you, but wedding invitations from friends are at an all-time high in the Anna G.-osphere [hint: don’t invite me to your wedding].  So, not only do I have to go to weddings of my actual friends, but if you’re in a relationship, you’re then obligated to go to weddings of people you’ve barely heard of!  So fiscally speaking, you’re actually being pretty responsible as a single person, as you’ll never have to go to Whocares’s wedding in bumfuck, insane airfareland ever.

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Anna G - Caliburg Contributor

Anna G - Caliburg Contributor

Anna G. is a Southern California native living in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn since 2005. Anna is constantly trying to unite her love of CA sunshine and the excitement of the New York urban jungle, all the while trying to keep her unwieldy credit card debt under control, and look fabulous at brunch, no matter how un-showered and hungover.