1. You don’t have to shell out money for three extra major presents a year.
By the time you’re in your 30s (and no matter your gender), you can’t really get away with not buying reasonably nice things for your SO’s birthday, Valentine’s day, and the Holiday season. Every year you spend single means less worrying about how you’re going to pay off the credit card bill for the surprise big screen TV.
2. You get to pick your own mattress.
One of the best parts of adulthood is being able to finally afford the mattress of your dreams. Not having to sleep on a mattress that you hate because your SO has “back issues”? PRICELESS.
3. You can take a job anywhere on earth without making someone else move.
Moving somewhere for your dream job might mean your SO has to move away from theirs. Having to take another person into consideration might mean passing up an important job at a critical time in your early career.
4. You’ve had time to experiment and figure out what you like sexually, and you don’t feel guilty asking for it.
The rest of your life is a long, long time to spend having only one kind of sex. The longer you stay single, the more chances you have to experiment and figure out what you like — which will make you better able to find someone who likes it, too.
5. You get to choose all your own friends.
When you marry someone, you not only marry their family, you also marry all of their friends. Being single means that you don’t have to hang out with that one person you can’t stand because your SO went to college with them, and still thinks of them as how they were then, and not how they are now, which is awful.
6. You don’t have to spend the holidays with in-laws you very possibly hate.
We all only get a set number of vacation days a year. Being single means not having to waste any of them hanging out with a horrible garbage monster who is not even blood related to you.
7. You don’t get forced into waiting for your SO in order to keep binge watching a show.
Stuff like “skipping ahead on The Sopranos because I was unemployed and you were at work” becomes sort of a big deal when you’re in a relationship. When you’re single in your 30s, you can afford all the subscriptions, and you can watch them whenever you want.
8. You get time to date more people, which takes the pressure off any one relationship working out.
Dating is a numbers game. When you don’t date many people, you might be more obsessed and desperate to make those relationships work out, which isn’t attractive to anyone. By the time you get to your 30s, you’ve been around the block a little more, which means you’ll be more chill about dating and thusly, more like yourself.
9. You get to enjoy the part of your life where you don’t have to answer to your immediate family just a little bit longer.
In life, there is a relatively small window between when your parents are in charge of you, and when you have to taking into account your SO’s wants and feelings. Why shorten it?
10. You have the money to decorate your space now, and you can do it however you want.
Even the most attractive, most perfect SO probably has a beat up Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas poster they’ve been carting around since college, or a lamp they insist is “grandma’s antique” but is actually “a ugly (and possibly haunted) piece of terrible.”
Now that you’ve finally got the money to decorate your place, you’ll get to enjoy making it your space.
11. You don’t have to deal with anyone else’s bad financial situation.
There is a nothing less sexy than a SO who “accidentally” forgot about paying their credit cards for three years, and now people with tinted windows cruise outside your house and call your home at 3 A.M. and you can’t get approved for a loan for anything.
12. You’ve had your 20s to get out all of your ridiculousness.
Everyone has a certain amount of stupid in them. If you don’t give yourself enough time to get all your stupid out of your system, you end up letting it out at times when you shouldn’t, like when you pass by your attractive co-worker’s desk, or at a Porsche dealership.
13. You’ll have time to save up for the wedding you really want.
The longer you wait to get married, the less you have to worry about being beholden to mom and dad’s checkbook and/or their requests that you get married in a town you hate, surrounded by their business associates, in an outfit that will surely go viral once the internet gets ahold of it.
14. All the closet space is yours. ALL yours.
You know what it’s like when you’re trying to find your size in an outfit at the store, but you can’t, because the rack is so stuffed full of clothes, it’s basically impossible to find anything, let alone pull anything out that you’ve managed to find.
Sharing a closet is like that, except EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE. Especially now, since you’ve had some time to acquire a lot of stuff.
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