Seven Times When It Sucks to be Single

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Seven Times When It Sucks to be Single

I can’t speak for you guys, but if you ask me, being single is pretty awesome. I love it and I think we, as women, especially this day in age, should embrace our single-dom. Now, more so than ever, women are waiting to have children, get married and even be in relationships. We have great jobs, great friends and all-around great lives. But, as every single girl knows, there are times when it, no question, just straight-up sucks to be single. Here are seven of those times:

1. Valentine’s Day/New Year’s Eve:

The dreaded couple’s holidays. Whether you believe Valentine’s Day to be the devil’s holiday incarnate or really get off on the flowers and chocolates and pink, heart-shaped candies and cards, Valentine’s Day is literally a single person’s worst nightmare. Sure, we can still go out with our single friends or shun the holiday in its entirety altogether, but there’s just something about getting those flowers or chocolates or the “Be Mine” card, even if you’re the world’s biggest Valentine’s Day adversary. And, on New Year’s Eve, being the only girl in the room without someone to kiss when the ball drops at midnight is just sad, not to mention awkward. No wonder more people sign up for online dating sites on the first day of January, than any other day of the year.

2. Weddings:

As if the fact that yet ANOTHER girl is pulling the plug and leaving the world with one fewer single person isn’t bad enough, weddings suck for a single person because sometimes (aka most of the time) single people don’t get invited with plus one’s. It’s tacky at best, discriminatory at worst. Yes, single people are expected to show up at the wedding and sit with strangers, and dance with strangers and talk with strangers…all the while trying to play off the fact that he or she is there all alone. And when the bouquet is thrown (do people still do that anymore?) and every single girl has to line up to try to catch it…well, can anyone think of anything more humiliating?

3. High School Reunions:

I’m not talking about the five-year reunion, here. I’m talking about the ten-year reunion and beyond. The five-year reunion is just fun. The only people who have significant others are the ones who have been together since High School or college, and everyone feels sorry for those people. But, after five years, it’s the opposite. If you don’t show up with your husband in tow and a stroller carrying an-x-amount-of-months-old baby, everyone feels sorry for YOU. Bonus points if you show up with two children and are “discussing having another.” As the single girl at your ten or fifteen-year reunion, you are no longer the fun chick who went to the opening of a new club downtown and had six tequila shots with Lord Disick last night, you are the lame, alcoholic loser who went to the opening of a new club downtown and had six tequila shots with Lord Disick last night.

4. When There’s a Big Spider/You Need to Get Your Car Fixed:

Ladies, we are Wonderwoman and can do anything, obviously. That being said, no girl likes to see a big spider on the ceiling of her apartment. Or crawl out of the drain of her bathtub. Or basically be anywhere in your house at all when you are there alone. I don’t even care if you’re “ok” with spiders, that shit is scary. And, of course, no girl likes to have to go to the car dealership, or the oil change place or even the hardware store by herself. It’s always better to have a boyfriend or husband beside you to show the salesman or technician not to fuck with you. And to decode all of those words they throw out at you about your car or your plumbing that no girl has ever heard before. And then proceed to tell you that you absolutely “need” whatever it is they just mentioned and that the price of said thing will be $328.00. A sales guy or technician is much less likely to take advantage of you if you have a man by your side. It’s sad, but true.

5. When You Move:

I have moved plenty of times by myself. With absolutely no help at all. I am 5’5” and weigh 115 pounds. That shit took me FOREVER. I mean, DAYS. I sweated, I cursed, I cried, I struggled, I dropped things, broke things and I’m pretty sure I actually died a couple times. The most recent time I moved, I had, very conveniently, started dating a guy who was a former football player and weighed almost 300 pounds. I asked him to help me and he came over to load three rooms’ and two TV’s worth of stuff into the UHaul. Half an hour later, he pushed the last load into the back of the UHaul, turned to face me without a drop of sweat on him and just said “is that it?”

6. When You’re By Yourself At Night:

Women should really never be by themselves at night, it can be very dangerous. But, if you live in a city, like I do, sometimes, it is necessary to be by yourself or to walk by yourself for some amount of time at night. This can be a little bit scary, or downright terrifying, depending on the situation. Catcalls by drunk men abound and other shady characters are usually lurking in the shadows. This is definitely one time when it very much sucks to be single.

7. When You’re Sick:

There are times when you’re sick when you just want to be alone. And then there are times when you’re sick and you just want someone to take care of you. You want someone to bring you soup, or just hang out with you, or tell you it’s okay that you feel bad and say that they hope you feel better. Someone to hold your hair back, or bring you medicine or watch TV with you. Nothing is worse than being sick. Except being sick alone.

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Born in Washington, D.C., Katy has lived in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, New York City, and Los Angeles. She has had experience working in talent management and casting for theater, musical theater, reality television and ABC Primetime Casting in both New York and Los Angeles. She has been writing for social, dating and travel blogs and websites for about 10 years now, and is thrilled to say she can call writing her full-time job. She loves macaroni and cheese, traveling and tequila, not necessarily in that order. She currently lives in Chicago.
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