When the blog author rattles off the list of all the things she's sick of doing because she's single I kept thinking, "Yep, yep yep." And I also could relate when she talked about how she's grateful for the opportunities she has because of her single status. I really have tried to focus in the last year or two on the things I have control over, and not so much on the things I don't.
All I ever hear is that I need to "do those things" while I'm single, so, I'm trying to do them. Just today while I was rehashing my fun trip to Rhode Island to my brother he mentioned that he wished he would have had more time and money for more trips while he was in college. I also wish I would have had more time and money for more trips in college. I realize more than ever that life after college, if you're single, is the time to really enjoy the gift that is a little more....free? I don't know the right word.
Anyway, while there are some great benefits to being single, there are the days I'm sort of over it.
My absolute favorite part of this post was the discussion the author had with her relative "Ruth." I died. I wish I had $5 for every awkward conversation at a wedding reception, funeral, holiday, run-in with an old member of the ward at Target back home, etc. It's not as awkward for me as it used to, maybe that's because I've had about eight years of practice at this point. I can honestly say these questions don't really make me feel bad about myself, as they once did, however not everyone is at that point. I've had many many many many many many many conversations with single girls who've mentioned how they hate going to any sort of get together where they'll run into people from their past and be asked the inevitable dating/marriage questions. I haven't gotten the blatant, "Why aren't you married?" question lately, but trust me friends, it's asked. Frequently. And if you even knew what sort of answers we dream of giving back you'd probably be offended, which is why we try to keep them to ourselves.
I often find myself wondering, if there are so many girls (and guys, I'm assuming) being asked this question, how has the memo not made its way back to those asking? For the twelve of you who read this blog, in case you don't know, allow me to fill you in. Single people typically hate being asked, or told, the following:
- "When are you getting married?"
- "How have you not gotten engaged?"
- "Why have you and (insert significant other's name here) been dating for so long?"
- The nudging at wedding receptions to go catch the bouquet because we're, ya know, single! Listen, we don't feel like awkwardly standing in a group of behives, trying to catch a freaking bouquet. Don't be that jerk at the table who insists. Seriously.
- "You are too picky." (Seriously? How do you even know how picky I am? And do you really think I can just erase the years I was taught not to settle?)
- "Are you dating anyone?"
The fact of the matter is, you're trying to make us feel better, but you don't need to. We already know we're great, and when the right time comes it will happen. But the fact that you feel a need to make us feel better, makes us feel, well, not so great. (For those of you reading this in Utah and Idaho, I hate to say it, but you're the worst offenders. Lay off, will ya?)
And it must be said, but this goes for questions about babies to the marrieds as well. From what I hear it's pretty annoying being asked when someone is planning on having babies. Peeps! This is a private thing discussed between a husband and wifey! Leave em alone! You'll know when they're planning to have a family when they announce the pregnancy! Just like you'll know I'm engaged when you receive my invitation (if you haven't offended me to the point of not being invited.) Kidding. Mostly.
Alright, have I said too much? Probably. But hey, now at least you know. Spread the word. You're welcome.