Ask A Woman: Single? You gotta a fun summer ahead of you.
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#1. Less obligations. You don’t have to attend the numerous summer weddings of friends/co-workers/distant relatives of your other half where you know no one, and where everyone asks when you’re going to pop the question.
#2. Your vacation, is your vacation. No compromise for you, sir. You get to spend your time off doing whatever you want, especially those things you couldn’t talk your girlfriend or boyfriend into doing with you–fishing, camping, touring every museum in NYC, visiting Legoland (no judgment, brah).
#3. Fair weather flirting. Speaking of vacation…while you’re there, you can flirt with wild abandon, guilt-free.
#4. The Single & Slim Beach Bod. Being in love is great for the heart, but often not great for the waistline. You’re more likely to stay away from shared late night ice cream and thus have a slimmer physique for the beach.
#5. Responsibly Imbibing. Long Island iced teas. Gin and tonics. Sauvignon Blanc. Frosty brews. You can enjoy any of these summertime favorites without hearing, “You’re having a second beer? Is that wise?” Yes. You’ve made a plan to get home safely. You’ve got a favorite cab company / uber on standby in your phone. You are wise.
#6. You’re free to see your friends. No having to split your time between your spouse’s annoying college friends who can’t get over the inside jokes from sophomore year. Spend your long weekends maintaining your old friendships with road trips to see them.
#7. You’re free to have a casual summer fling. Never had one? I highly recommend it. Few things are as intoxicating as warm weather, cold beers, outdoor concerts, and beach-going when you have a new love interest by your side.
#8. Single with kids? Use the summer to connect with your children. Embrace your inner child. Slip n’ side, skateboarding, water park–have a ball and enjoy not having to act your age.
Kid’s birthday party with destructive petting zoo animals, table dancing, and loud music? Go for it. Sally Field won’t be there to judge you.
#9. Summer is a more casual style season. Sometimes you get the itch to just hang out 24/7 in a pair of athletic shorts and an old tee. If you’re single, you can. No nagging from your pickier half to please put something else on.
#10. Sharing a bed with someone in the summer is just uncomfortable. Even if you have central air. You can be sleeping in the buff under a sheet and somehow your partner always manages to creep up on ya and you both wake up as sweaty beasts. Relish your cool sleeping conditions as a single person.
#11. No splitting of holidays with a significant other’s family. With 4th of July and Labor Day both happening during summer, you’re free to go to your family’s lake cottage and eat as many popsicles as you want.
#12. You’ll get more done around the house. Being coupled up means you have less time. If you’re single this summer, you can put in that fire pit, finally tackle the landscaping in the side yard, and re-stain the deck.
That ain’t pretty. Weed it, son, you got the time!
#13. You can exercise the winter weight off your dog. Single people are less likely to hibernate in the house, ignoring the dog’s sad, please-walk-me face. Take your dog out for a solid walk every day.
#14. There are a million fun summer activities to pursue. Remember that extra time single folks have? Think of all the hobbies you can try with it when it’s warm out–gardening, water skiing, biking, golfing, tennis. Enjoy!
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