The Internet is full of advice for married people. And engaged people. There are articles on what not to say to a newly married couple and what married couples should expect after 4 months and 19 days of being married, but what about the single people? The third wheels out there holding their ground and reading all the marriage advice waiting on that guy (or girl) to ride in on a white horse and help them do the dishes a couple of nights a week? Where’s all that advice?
9 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Single:
1. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want.
Aside from breaking the law, being single means being able to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Want to buy a plane ticket? Book it. Tired of going to the same grocery store every weekend? Change it up! No one tells you this in Sunday school. Singles can fill up their DVR with anything and everything they want to watch or travel anywhere at a moment’s notice. No one tells you how great of a perk this is to being single.
2. Family holidays do not revolve around you.
If you’re single past a certain age and have married siblings or cousins, and any of those people have children– family holidays will not revolve around you or your schedule. Actually, you might be the last to know about any and every plan for family holidays. Everyone still wants you there and loves you, but no one cares about your calendar or dietary needs.
3. You still need an emergency contact.
You can be as independent as 1776, but every form you fill out from age 18 until your death is going to ask you for an emergency contact. Even if you’re renting a storage unit for the summer somewhere. So, don’t throw so much caution to the wind you can’t find someone to pick up your stuff from the storage unit in case of an emergency.
4. People won’t invite you places.
This is only half-true, but be prepared to miss out on more than a few events with your friends. Especially when those friends have kids and revel in “getting away for a night” with only other couples doing the same thing.
5. You will go to a wedding alone.
It will happen. Enjoy it. Pace yourself.
6. People will say really weird things to you.
Pregnant women will still get the brunt of awkward encounters at the grocery store and what not, but when it comes to church, funerals and weddings– people say the dardnest things to single people. Hopefully, no one will ask to rub your belly though.
7. You might have to plan your own birthday party.
But, if you plan it– they will come.
8. It’s okay to still rely on mom and dad for some things.
Being single is hard and no one tells you how hard it is to be a single person and needing someone to pick you up after surgery. It’s okay to ask mom and dad for help with things. Some things.
9. Family photos are going to get a little weird.
If your family is still into professional family photos be prepared for the photographer to be totally clueless as to what to do with you. And when you’re mom makes you take a singlet– smile real big.
Also, you don’t have to get a cat. Unless you want one. You’re single, you can get as many as you want.