Don’t worry, it’s nothing gross. I noticed that the toilet paper roll was almost finished. I thought to myself “I’m single, I live alone, I can get crazy and bust out a brand new roll now rather than waiting for the current one to run out… and no one can give me grief for it!”
After this minor triumph, I realized that my rebellious changing of the roll might very well end up being the highlight of my day.
Such is the life of a single guy.
So I gave myself a challenge: Instead of writing another post poking fun at my terrible dating skills, write one about what’s so great about being single.
Believe it or not, Modern Philosophers, I managed to do it.
I think writers are prone to such behavior given the power we have over words. Of course, I was a jerk at times and piled on just for the sake of it. That was a long time ago, though, and I know I’m not that same immature guy.
J and I got into countless fights over the years, but that’s bound to happen when you are together for so long and know each other so well. You are well aware of what buttons to push and what insecurities to access to win that war of words.
I so don’t miss the long, angry silences that followed a fight. I might get lonely at times, but I’ll take lonely over being purposely ignored by the woman I love any day.
2. More time to write! It’s not like I didn’t write when I was in a relationship, but I didn’t write enough. One of my big problems with married life was that I was forever working while J went to school and worked. I never got to just chase my writing dream.
When you’re in a relationship, there is so much more to do, so writing can be one of those things pushed aside to make way for “couples activities” if writing isn’t the main source of one’s income.
There’s no way I’d have time to blog everyday if I were in a relationship, so I guess you guys are thrilled that I’m single… (joking…mostly…you know who you are…)
Now, I don’t have to defer to a higher power. I watch and record whatever the heck I want. If the Yankees are on, the TV is tuned to the game, even if I’m writing or doing something in another room. The Yankees are my ideal background noise.
Controlling the remote also means I can watch TV whenever I decide it’s TV time. Who wouldn’t love that?
4. A much more lenient chore schedule! It’s not like I live in filth or there’s never any food in The House on the Hill, but let’s just say I might not mop, vacuum, or bust out the feather duster as often as some former housemates demanded.
This is a bachelor pad, and the To Do List is made up mostly of things like “Watch the game”, “Relax”, “Have some ice cream”, and “Write more!”.
Stuff gets done, but at a much more leisurely (lazy) pace.
I’m a Hopeless Romantic, and I set high standards for gift giving for the one I love. As much as I enjoy the look on her face when she opens her presents on Christmas morning, her Birthday, or our Anniversary, I’m a nervous wreck during the “trying to figure out how to spoil her even more this year” part of the process.
I know this shouldn’t cause stress, but it did for me. I always worried that if I wasn’t totally creative, perceptive, and generous in my gift giving, it would seem like I didn’t love her as much as I did the previous year.
Honorable Mention: More chicken wings and ice cream in my diet, Less shopping and antiquing, Showerless Sundays, Flirting is no longer a capital crime, Better self reliance, No more fighting for the covers in the middle of the night.
What did you think of My Top 5, Modern Philosophers? What are some aspects of single life that would make your list?