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Ah, Valentine’s Day. The one day where new relationships blossom, old relationships are cherished, and all the single people get to binge eat on chocolate all day and watch as the rest of the world falls in love. To some, it’s a day when they get to show the one that they’re with how much they mean to them, a day where people just want to love and be loved. To the rest, it’s just another day. Which side are you? Are you a single person that’s looking for love (or the closest liquor store) or someone in a loving and caring relationship? Either way, there are pros and cons to each side. Here is my perspective on the pros and cons of being single and being in a relationship.
Single, and Ready for a Pringle!
First, let’s talk about being single. Sure, you have “no strings attached” to anyone, can focus mainly on yourself, and have the ability to talk to/hook up with anyone that you please. You save money on dates, holidays, birthdays, and other various things that you would spend money on your significant other, although I personally feel that a relationship is more based off of love, and not a monetary investment. You can make fun of all of your boys how they’re “wifed up” and spend too much time with their girlfriends instead of going out and getting wasted or doing stuff with the bros (clearly I’m thinking from a male perspective here people). The world is your oyster when you’re single, and there are plenty of pearls to be found.
Although being single could be fun and feel liberating, being in a relationship is something that, if in the right one, could be amazing. Single life can get lonely, especially during the holidays such as Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Being single on a holiday is almost like watching a party from outside of the house; until you find your plus one, your invitation will be put on hold. Sure, you can hook up with whoever you want, but it’s never a guarantee. Depending on age (and morals), some people don’t really want to just hook up with anyone, but would much rather date someone they are interested in making their boyfriend or girlfriend.
U + Me = Us.
When you’re in a relationship, you get to be with someone who understands you for who you truly are, who understands your faults and your strengths. If you find the right one, they can help make you a better person, show you new things that you didn’t know you liked or go places that you’ve never gone. For us guys, it’s finding someone that you can talk about stuff that you normally wouldn’t talk about with your boys. If you’re like me, a relationship is when the manliest men get to show the woman they love their softer side. Overall, a good relationship is special and hard to find. Some don’t always work out, but those that do can and probably do end up being a life changing experience.
Love Is All You Need.
In conclusion, there are benefits from both being in a relationship and being single. Don’t want to be in a relationship? That’s fine. Single trying to find someone? Don’t. Love works in a way where if you’re not looking for it, it’ll find you eventually. In a relationship that you don’t really see going anywhere? That’s fine; as long as you respect the person you’re with and leave on good terms. Finally, if you’re in a relationship with someone that makes you smile, someone you can’t get out of your head, and just flat out love, keep it. Cherish it. I’m single, and don’t get me wrong, I’m ok with it. My future girlfriend is out there somewhere. Until then, I’ll appreciate the sale on chocolate the day after Valentine’s Day.