I've decided to take part in The Single Woman's 30 Day Blogging Challenge. Though I won't be covering each day, some topics are relevant to the theme of this blog. See details here.
Today's topic is to describe a day or moment when being single was really awesome.
Other than that, it's more general. Sometimes I come home and just enjoy the peace of being able to do my own
thing, cook what I want, read, listen to music, whatever, without
having to make room for someone else's schedule. There are some moments
when you just need that freedom to do what you want, when you want.
I think what I enjoy most about being single is the peace of living at
my own pace, making my own choices. I can focus fully on my needs and do
what's right or best for me at that moment. I enjoy the freedom of
being able to do what I want, or NOT do something that I don't want to,
without significantly impacting another person close to me.
I like being
single because I don't have to seek someone else's approval when I want
to do something. I don't have to check in with someone if I don't feel
like it that day. I can go somewhere alone without having to explain
myself. I don't have to worry about arguments or fights over silly
things. I can have
all the alone time I want and need.
In addition, my single years have taught me some important things:
1. Who I am. Your teenage and young adulthood years are some of the most
important formative years of your life. If you tangle your identity with
someone else's at a tender age, you lose the opportunity to learn who
you are, distinct and separate from everyone else. Getting to know
yourself is a critical step in life; it allows you to develop your core
values, what you stand for and what you won't put up with, and this
ultimately guides all your decisions in life. Sure, we change as time
goes by. Maybe you hated broccoli as a kid and now can't go a day
without eating it. I was once convinced I could never write a poem; now I
have written dozens, some I am very proud of. Self-awareness allows you
to track the changes in your life; it helps in knowing when you're
progressing or not, whether you're growing or shrinking and gives you
the opportunity to do something about it.
2. What I am capable
of. There are times when you need to stand alone to truly appreciate
your strength as an individual. I'm sure you have been surprised at some
point at some of the things you managed to get through on your own but
didn't think you could. If you learn from too early on to lean on
someone, you run the risk of becoming dependent on them, or crashing and
burning when there's no one in their position to lean on. Trust
yourself; you are much more capable than you believe yourself to be.
3. Where my worth should come from. And where is that? Me. Only from me. It's definitely something I am still learning, but not having someone
else to constantly tell me how beautiful I am, how lucky they are to
have me etc. (or whatever boyfriends are supposed to say) forces me to
look within for my worth. I learn to tell myself I'm beautiful without
cringing (a work-in-progress), I learn to remind myself how capable I
am, and what I have been through on my own, I learn to value and
acknowledge my strengths and talents so that in the midst of people
coming into and out of my life, I am the constant. I am my worth.
4. The importance of faith and spirituality. This ties in heavily to the
previous point concerning worth. I'll embarrassingly admit that when I
was a teenager, I really wanted a boyfriend because I thought if someone
loved me, it would validate me somehow. But guess what? You've already
been validated. You are validated by your very existence, not by whether
people see you, love you or not. Even if you're still single, never
been kissed, never been looked in the eye by someone you adore, you have
still been validated because you have been created, crafted by God, He
who does nothing without intent or purpose.
Beyond that, being
single for so long has allowed me to learn that it is not in romantic
relationships that we should be putting our faith and whole hearts into,
but instead pouring ourselves fully into a relationship with God and
loving Him the way He should be loved. By no means am I perfect at this
(or even close; I am very much a work-in-progress in this area), but I
am much more aware now of the way our culture emphasizes romantic love
as the most important thing in life, to be sought after regardless of
consequence. The reason we keep getting hurt so badly time after time is
because we keep putting our hearts in the wrong places. By all means,
love people, but love God more. Be aware of the reasons you get into
relationships. They won't fill your voids. Only God can do that.
5. What I want, in a relationship and in life. In getting to know
yourself, your likes, dislikes, quirks, habits, etc. you are better
equipped to know what qualities you want in a life partner. It's also
helpful to learn from others around you who have been in relationships. Listening to your friends' issues concerning their own relationships can
lead to insight into your own needs or values. For example, what issues
were you most bothered by? What was your friend upset about that you
thought wasn't a big deal? etc. Even platonic friendships can help in this area; what do you value most in your friendships? What behaviours hurt or anger you?
Being single is a wonderful time
to make some goals for your future. It's helpful to know what you want,
and have something to work toward so that you keep that zeal and
motivation for life. Having a clear idea of where you want to be helps
keep you going day after day. Of course, those goals might change or
need to be modified if you meet someone along the way, but it's better
to know what you're compromising on, and take an active part in your
life's course, rather than be swept away in someone else's idea of what
life should be like.
you use them wisely, your single days can be some of the best times of
your life. Don't let anyone put you down or make you feel like you're
not good enough just because you're not coupled. Remember that you are
worth so much more than whether someone wants you or not. We all have a
purpose to fulfill, and sometimes being single is integral to that. If
you took all the energy you use into despairing about your singleness,
analyzing it, trying to "fix" it, and instead put it into something worthwhile
and meaningful, you could accomplish great and wonderful things.
Embrace yourself, your life and the plan God has for you.
You are enough.
What about you? When has being single been a great experience for you? Share in the comments below!