I have a pretty good life: great relationships with my family and a fabulous circle of good friends, an active social life, good health, lots of travel, and I support charitable organizations with my money and time. I adore my 13-year-old Yorkie, Danny. Despite all this goodness, though, I still come across people who look at my life and feel sorry for me…because I’m not married. (It happened again just the other day with a woman I met in the dentist's office.) And I don’t get it.
Marriage is not for everyone, and the high divorce rate corroborates this. And the U.S. Census says that while only 28% of U.S. adults were unmarried in 1970, that percentage rose to 47% in 2010. Plus, a 2011 study by the Pew Research Institute found that the number of U.S. adults who are unmarried is now 49%, a record high. So, there’s a lot of single people out there, and I’m a little baffled why people act like being single is such a bad thing. It’s not.
I’ve been single all my life. In fact, I like the word spinster, though a lot of people don’t. I want them to get over it, because being single –a spinster—is just fine, and I’ve learned a few life lessons for making it work. So, for those who still aren’t quite sure that “living single” can be really good, here’s a few things to think about: