Being Single is Hard, but Don’t Give up on Yourself

Dating just isn’t working for you. You’ve been single for what feels like forever. You start feeling discouraged as you soon come to the conclusion that maybe you’re just undateable and you’ll be single for the rest of your life. Well, here’s some news: there are hundreds of thousands, likely more, singles who feel just as hopeless as you do. Being single is a lonesome experience, but hang in there. It’s important not to give up just yet.

Let’s begin with the very worst case scenario: you will be single forever. In the seemingly probable (but unlikely) case that you will be single for the rest of your life, you will realize that you will find freedom and excitement in the thought, not hopelessness and gloom. Just think how much you can accomplish when you remove the idea of  attracting and keeping a significant other. You have now cleared mental energy and space to pursue your own endeavors in order to lead a life you’ve always dreamed about. This should inspire you because now, instead of living with a lingering need to be with someone, you’re living a life on your terms. This is freedom. The irony is that this freedom mindset makes you more attractive than ever!

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to keep this freedom mindset when you’re constantly bombarded with “happy” couples all the time. Whenever you scroll down your timelines, you’re confronted with tweets, statuses, and memes that highlight all the perks of being in a relationship. These updates constantly remind you of what you’re missing out on and make you feel worse about being single than before you checked your social media page(s). When you’re constantly being exposed to these ideas, they’re being supplanted into your subconscious and they’re on the back of your mind all the time. This causes you to glorify the idea of a relationship and think about it more than you normally would. You start to feel like your life won’t be complete until you have that significant other.

Now you may be saying, “But humans are social creatures, we aren’t meant to be alone.” This is true. However, you must realize that things are not always as great as they seem. Every relationship is not a healthy one. Lots of couples are unhappy and there a very few couples who do not have their occasional fights and disagreements. Getting into a relationship will not solve your life problems, they will still be there. If you get into a relationship with the idea that it will be the one thing to complete your life, you will sadly be faced with the disappointing reality of “now what?” It’s fine to want a relationship, it’s even better to get into one. The point that I’m making is not to base your own happiness and fulfillment upon being in a relationship. This is unhealthy because you unknowingly  place your expectations on another person.

Not to mention, there’s the tedious process of dating itself. If you’ve been dating unsuccessfully for a while, you’re likely to experience dating fatigue. The idea of getting to know someone all over again is exhausting. You’re sick of the arbitrary “what kind of music do you like” get-to-know-you questions. You’ve unintentionally become a regular at your favorite bar or restaurant and the waiters know you by name. Even more, you haven’t even added up all the dollars you’ve wasted on dates. You could’ve bought a new wardrobe by now! At this point, you should reset and take a break. There’s a reason you’re not meeting the right person; it’s just not your time. Anything worth having is worth the wait and the work required to attain it. The problem with wanting a relationship (or anything for that matter),  is that we want it too badly. One of the odd conundrums in life is that whatever you pursue eludes you. We want things so badly that we somehow make it harder to get and we end up pushing it away. It’s up to you to stop searching externally and make changes within yourself; become the kind of person you want to attract instead of actively seeking that person.

You are not alone in your sinlgedom. It’s a painstakingly lonesome experience, I know. It’s important to understand that with every obstacle lies opportunity. The obstacle of attracting a significant other provides you with the opportunity to become the most attractive version of yourself. Realize that getting into a relationship definitely can help make your life better but it won’t always complete you. When being single gets hard, don’t give up yet, because you would be giving up on yourself.

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