With Valentine’s Day coming tomorrow, I wanted to put out a little encouragement for my single friends out there. Also some advice for my married friends too.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a sad time for singles. Relationships are idolized in our culture. They are held on such a high pedestal that to be single is seen almost as a curse. Many people spend so much time seeking a companion that they never get to know themselves. They want to avoid the devistating feeling of loneliness. It is a real struggle! I have many days where I feel isolated and unloved. But this doesn’t have to be.
How can singleness be a benefit? How can it actually be a joyful time? Here is a brief list of tips and benefits I’ve found in singleness.
- Focus on the things you have, not the things you don’t have.
- Enjoy the company of the people around you. They’re by your side because they really do love you.
- Use singleness as a time for self discovery.
- It’s a chance to learn about other people, their differences, and what you may actually want/need in a relationship.
- Live in the now, concern over a relationship will make you miserable.
- This is an opportunity to accomplish greater things. You have no one tying you down.
For you couples!
- Be companionate. Sometimes being single really sucks.
- Be greatful for the one you have.
- Cherish the singles you have in your life. Invite them to be part of your life! Most of us want to be treated no differently than your married friends.
A relationship may require selflessness, but I believe singleness requires even more.
Singleness is not just time to search for a companion. It’s the best time for self discovery. Singleness is not for the weak. It takes great courage. Singleness is not a curse. It’s an opportunity.