Sometimes, it feels like everyone expects being in a relationship to be one of the biggest life goals that you have. Being in a relationship is great for a lot of reasons, and there are a lot of people who do want to end up in a relationship, whatever that might look like for them.
We tend to forget or overlook that there are people who are excited about being single and don’t necessarily place finding a relationship at the top of their list of priorities.
Recently, people on Reddit have been sharing the reasons that they love being single.
When You’re Single, You Can Pretty Much Do Whatever You Want
“I can do whatever I want and not feel guilty about spending time with no one.” —Dawulf187falke
“I can eat a sandwich or popcorn for dinner if that’s what I want.” —momination
It Feels Good To Be In Control Of Your Time
“I can do whatever I want whenever I want.
“If I want to stay up late, I can. If I want to go to sleep early, I can. If I want to sleep in, I can. If I want to wake up late, I can.
“If I want to buy that Xbox, PS, Nintendo, or upgrade my PC, I can. If I want to play video games, I can. If I want to watch a movie, I can. If I feel like watching TV, I can. If I feel like listening to music, I can.
“If I feel like reorganizing or redecorating my apartment, I can.
“If I want to go out to eat, I can. If I feel like cooking something at home, I can.
“I can choose how I use my time. I can choose how I spend my money. I can choose how I save my money.
“Do I feel lonely? I’ll admit it, sometimes I do. But I have good friends. If I feel like hanging out with my friends, if someone wants to hang out with me, I can. If I don’t feel like going out, I can stay home.” —photon3on
Having To Answer To Someone Can Be Exhausting, Even If They Have Good Intentions
“I never want to turn the key in the door and have to worry about what is going to on the other side again. I don’t want to have to manage another’s emotions or walk on eggshells. I love the peace that my space is mine alone. I also hate the obligations that tend to come with relationships. I don’t want to attend other people’s events, or buy presents for inlaws, etc.” —UnfeelingSelfishGirl
When You’re Single, The Only Person You Need To Impress Is Yourself
“I don’t have to worry about what I look like or what I’m wearing while I’m just chilling on my days off. Hair up in a messy bun, no makeup, no pants, no problem.” —not-a-real_username
You Can Focus On What You Want From Life
“Honestly, being single allowed me to put more focus on finishing my undergrad degree, which I just did last week.” —njf175
“I have been single for the last 10 years. All my money is mine. All my time is mine. All my attention goes where I want it to go. I just try to get fulfillment in life.” —Nope_Nope_Nope_0
Someone’s Frustrating Habits Aren’t Your Problem
“Stuff in my home is exactly where I left it. I’m not actually single, but this is what I remember from when I was. Other people have all kinds of weird habits that make your life difficult. Want to wash a pan? Someone’s filled the sink with plates! Go to find your keys? Someone couldn’t find theirs and has borrowed yours and thinks they may be in their coat pocket! Where’s the coat? They can’t remember!” —bsnimunf
The Idea Of Meeting New People Can Be Really Exciting
“Flirting is soooo much fun. Plus, the possibility of being in a new relationship is something to look forward to! It’s fantastic.” —F22man
“I can sleep in the middle of the bed with the fan on if I want. I can also leave something on the table, come back 2 weeks later, and it is still there.” —GoatSculpture
There’s A Good Chance You Probably Sleep Better When You’re Single
“I have been single most of my adult life and I find it really annoying when I am living with a partner. I had a partner who snored and that really affected me with the lack of sleep I was getting. You get set in your ways then all of a sudden you have someone wanting you to do a whole bunch of things another way. I don’t necessarily prefer to be single, but I prefer to live on my own.” —11015h4d0wR34lm
You Get To Work On Your Relationship With Yourself
“Learned to love myself without needing anyone else’s words of affirmation after being single for the first time in a few years” —FinalTourist
“My apartment is clean and neat and most importantly, 95% empty.” —TheCrimsonChariot
You Want Autonomy—You Want To Make Your Own Decisions About Your Life
“I don’t want to take into account someone else’s wants and needs when making life decisions.” —maraca101
“I’d rather be single than be with someone who doesn’t appreciate my love and affection.” —sinderella666×0x
Being Single Means You Don’t Have To Keep Making Compromises With Yourself
“As someone who got out of a 3-year-long relationship about 4 months ago, I would say one of the biggest things that makes me happy about being single is being able to see myself clearly again, you don’t realize how much being in a relationship can blind you to how you’ve changed, or how love can numb you to certain things.” —mercury111111111
Your Problems Are The Only Ones You Have To Worry About
“The only things stressing me are my own stressors. I don’t have to help support someone else through theirs” —01kaj10
“I learned who I am after I decided to stop dating. It’s been 4 years being single, and I really love who I’ve become. I was able to establish myself, my goals, and who I want to be.” —kylo_drew
Never Dealing With A Bad Mood Again Is A Bonus
“That fear of coming home just for the sake of not knowing your significant other’s mood and being extra cautious to not trigger anything in any way. Then struggling to find out if it’s a good day and I am expected to say hi with a kiss or a bad day and I’m expected to not interrupt them at all, such a bad feeling. I am just learning to love coming home again.” —ElDschi
It Gives You Time To Work Out What You Want From A Partner
“I’ve been in a toxic relationship before, and I still think it’s better to be alone than to be stuck with the wrong person. I’m not sorry that I had the experience, but I am glad it’s behind me. Now, hopefully, I can find something better.” —dark_blue_7
Your Space Is Completely Your Own
“I have a queen bed and I can use one half to sleep and the other half for books and my Nintendo switch. My bed is the best nightstand for all my books when I’m too lazy to get up on weekends. No one is there that I have to move stuff over for so they can sleep.” —Amazing_Ratio_7968
You Save A Lot Of Money When You’re Single
“I can save money. Other than rent, utilities, and gas I only spent $50 on food in the past 3 months.” —suitology
“No drama over where to spend the holidays.” —hostess_cupcake
There’s No One To Judge Your Weird Habits
“I can talk to myself aloud and it won’t seem weird to anyone. If someone else is around when you talk to yourself, you’re a nutcase, but if no one hears you, it’s fine.” —KadTheHunter
You Get To Decide How You Spend Your Time
“I can only hang with my friends when I want to. I am an introvert and used to date an extrovert who couldn’t get through one weekend without going out/socializing at least 5 times. He’d insist on dragging me along on or invite his friends over. That was horrible for me, I just wanted to relax on my own or spend quality time together instead of having to entertain guests that weren’t even nice to me half the time.” —jijijojijijijio
Some People Just Prefer To Be Alone
“I enjoy my own company. No thoughts of being judged or offended. No chance of drama or even embarrassment. Whenever I’m alone, I feel as if I chose to be happy.” —Gameboxed
You Don’t Have To Worry About Someone Else’s Schedule
“That stuff can just happen. If I want to change my entire weekend plans, bam—done. If I stumble upon a thing that happens and want to participate, boom—done. If I don’t want to talk to anyone, ka-blam—done.” —frerky5