Sometimes it feels like there’s always pressure to be in a relationship. But it doesn’t have to be that way! I used to feel lonely and jealous of my friends who had boyfriends, but then I realized being single was so much more fun. So ‘Like’ the picture on Instagram of that cute couple in your Chem class, press play on your Girl Power playlist, and love yourself.
Here’s why being single is the best:
You Can Crush On Anyone You Want
Let the double-tapping on Instagram begin! You can swipe on Tinder until your fingers fall off, because you are free to be attracted to anyone who catches your eye. You will meet so many more people. Plus, you don’t have to worry about a boy rolling his eyes when they walk into your bedroom and see a poster of Harry Styles hanging next to your mirror. Let your fangirl flag fly!
Every Night Is A Girl’s Night
Girl’s night—complete with the most aw-worthy rom-coms Netflix has to offer, and dancing to the new Fifth Harmony tune in your fuzziest pajamas—are the best nights. Sisterhood is seriously underrated.
You Don’t Have To Worry About All The Drama
You also won’t have to worry about posting too many couple photos, or if it’s too early to go Facebook Official. Instead, listen and help out your girlfriends get through their pesky boy problems, and pick up a few tips along the way.
Love Doesn’t Have To Mean It’s Romantic
Without a significant other, you can focus on your relationships with the friends and family that will be there for you even if your prom date turns out to be the actual worst. The love that you give and share with the people who matter most will help you navigate a relationship in the future.
Relationships Aren’t Deadline Driven
If it feels like it’s the end of the world because you don’t know who will ask you to the Homecoming dance or take you out for Valentine’s Day, realize there is no rush. Relationships can be great, but they’re not essential.
You Can Focus On Yourself
This is when you can find and explore your passions. You’ll have time for it all: going to European History study sessions, trying out a new sport, joining the school newspaper, and smiling at the football hotties during passing periods.
Your Future Is Yours!
While this is always true, being single means there is no one to murk it all up and make you think about important decisions in a different way. This is freedom! You make decisions exclusively for yourself, void of any annoying doubts slipping in because of something a S.O. said. You can save all of your love for yourself. Hailee Steinfeld gives us the best mantra to live by (single or not): “Gonna love myself, no, I don’t need anybody else, I love me.”