happily single

This past week I spent a fair amount of time going back and forth to the library.  I have discovered that you can borrow movies for free!  Now, this isn’t something new, but I have never actually done it myself.  I decided it was a good time to give it a try, what with my decluttering and minimalist outlook.  Plus, I decided that in order to watch the movies, I have to spend at least an hour on my spin bike while watching one.  So not only do I get to watch movies I wanted to see without having to pay for them, I am doing myself some good in the process.

I also borrowed some books for my bedtime reading.  One book I borrowed was a “self-help” book called Unsingle.  Honestly, not worthy of the time it took to read it.  It is basically one girl’s experience of imagining having a boyfriend until one actually showed up.  There’s your cole’s notes version.  One out of five stars.  However, this book is contrary to one of the movies I rented: How to be Single.  Now, this movie starring Rebel Wilson, was hilariously funny at so many times.  It showed the downside of being single when you so desperately want to be in a relationship.  It also showed all the great things about being single as the main character came to terms with her unattached status.

I pondered both sides of things, but in the end, for me I am most decidedly single.  At least unless the right guy comes along.  I’ve had my share of users and abusers.  The narcissist, the self-absorbed, the desperate.  They have all taught me that there is some good in these experiences.  Surely they have shown me what I want to steer clear of if nothing else!

Being single doesn’t mean you have to spend all your time alone either, ladies.  I have developed some wonderful friendships that provide so much happiness!  I have the freedom to be friends with other women and with men…something my ex-husband absolutely would not have “tolerated”.  And I have to say, I love it!  There is no expectation of putting out after an evening out.  No commitment to have to get together every Friday night.  I can do what I want.  Sure, Valentine’s day is coming up.  Guess what?  I have a date and I will be going out.  One of my single girl friends and I have a date with each other, and it will very likely be the best Valentine’s day I will ever have!

So, to those who are sad or feeling depressed because you’re single with the upcoming so-called most romantic day of the year, try and take a look at it from the other side.  You have everything you need inside yourself already.  Take yourself out on a date!  Buy yourself flowers and candy if you like.  Happiness comes from within, never allow someone else to be the reason for your happiness.

Be happily single.

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