People act and feel certain ways according to their relationship status. When you’re used to being single, your perspective of life is different.

Being able to speak from two perspectives, single and married, has given me the advantage of understanding things a bit better. For instance, I can now see that when you stay single for long periods of time, it can greatly change how you view relationships, even life in general.

It’s true. It’s strange how so much difference can come according to whether or not you share your daily life with someone or not.

Staying single for a long time quickly reveals the truth about many aspects of life.

By understanding these truths, we learn to formulate a new way of looking at things. There are a few ways that staying single for too long changes how we feel, speak, and act when it comes to making decisions.

Let’s take a closer look.

1. Sabotage

Unfortunately, when you stay single for too long, you start sabotaging things. If you were in relationships on a regular basis before, you probably seemed a bit more concerned when things went wrong, right? Well, now that you’ve been single for say 5 years or so, you just don’t care how things work out, do you? There is a reason for that mindset.

The reason why you’re falling victim to self-sabotage now that you have been single for so long is that you have been single for so long…You see, you know it’s not hard to be alone, and in fact, you’ve done this long enough to be comfortable. So, honestly, if the relationship doesn’t work out, you know that you will be fine.

There is no more feeling like you’re going to die if the relationship dies. No, if the relationship ends, you know you will be might even be super okay with it. This is the problem.

2. Behaviors

Staying single for a long time makes you forget what’s appropriate and not appropriate for relationships. For instance, someone who has been single for a while will be used to flirting openly and seeking intimate partners. However, when you are in a committed relationship, you cannot do these things.

There are other behaviors as well that work in much the same way. As a single person, your habits and behaviors are understood by others in life. You aren’t attached, you are free to be a bit more selfish, and you can focus on improving yourself for yourself.

In a relationship, you are attached to another in one way or the other, you cannot be selfish and you must focus on things for both you and your partner. You can see how the differing behaviors would reflect these opposing groups.

3. Detachment

After being single for so long, you develop a certain detachment for things relationship-centered. Romantic movies hold less weight in your mind, and couples seem alien to you. You may wonder why there is such an emphasis on the need for relationships in the first place.

Let’s face it, you’re out of practice when it comes to these things. Just like some people worry that their physical parts will shrivel up due to non-use, the also feel like their needs and desires for another will wane as well. Honestly, in some aspects it does. It’s as if you’re seeing love through a window and just cannot quite connect with the possibility.

4. The routine

Since there’s no one around to coax you to shake up your routine, it seems you’re following it quite well. I know, this sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it? You make a schedule, keep it to a “T”, but come on, there is no shred of excitement to mess that routine up.

Being single too long has robbed you of one important thing in life…spontenaiety. Now, I’m not saying that consistency is bad, heaven forbid. I am just saying that you will look at things differently, like idolizing the routine, when you’re staying single for too long.

When there’s no one around to pull you from your comfort zone once in a while, you will never leave it. You start to think that what you have is good enough, and a relationship is just not worth disrupting that sanctuary. See how loaded this turned out to be?

5. Hope dwindles

Unfortunately, if you’ve been in your share of toxic relationships and such, you will be extremely cynical while single. You will see the first dates as disasters waiting to happen. The longer you stay single, the more you will doubt that there is anyone who can prove you wrong.

Hope starts to fade when you talk yourself out of a good time. You may harbor thoughts like, “They will be the same as every loser you ever dated” or “No one is loyal anymore”. While the world today makes these thoughts seem so real, there is always the possibility that there’s someone special for you. If you like being alone, that’s fine, but if you secretly crave love, don’t give up. The single life has caused you to see things in a negative light.

6. There’s no more jealousy

Staying single for a long time transforms something integral in a human being. When you first break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you will be jealous whenever you are around happy couples. This is a normal emotion. But over time, you will stop feeling this way and accept that you are alone.

You will look at other aspects of life in the same manner. You will not idolize many things in life anymore because you’ve come to terms with the fact that being alone isn’t all that bad. Honestly, it’s not if that’s what you really want. So, seeing things this way can be both positive and negative. I guess it depends on the context of the situation.

7. Expectations are really high

One of the things that happen when you’re single for a long time is your expectations increase. Let’s be honest, some of these expectations get ridiculous. I can attest to this as my expectations grew after I was alone for two years. I no longer tolerate half the things that I put up with during my last marriage.

When you’ve learned to be alone, you’ve gotten to know yourself. During this time, you had the opportunity to zero in on your likes and dislikes. You’ve also learned about proper respect and discovered your self-worth. You now see the world much differently from this new perspective. What you do with these expectations can work for or against you in relationships.

It all depends on how you look at it

Being single, being in a relationship…they both have their pros and cons. And we do see things differently when we’ve been doing it solo for a while. I get it. The important thing to remember is to act accordingly.

If you want to be in a relationship, understand the needs of your partner and respect them. If you want to stay single, understand yourself and that you’re not wrong to choose this option. Don’t let anyone say you’re lacking for choosing you.

Either way, let’s appreciate the various ways we view reality…with or without a hand to hold.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Rqj

    Intersting article about being single. I did relate to a few but would need further clarification on many. If your expectations differ and you discover your self worth. Isn’t that a good thing. And the self sabotage is something I do agree with. But does it remain in the romantic field. What about finances

  2. KingRay

    Oh, contraire. Sounds like this was written by someone who hasn’t spent much time without being in a relationship. I’m the exact opposite of most of this stuff, yet I’ve had long stretches where I’ve been single. It still hurts when it doesn’t work-out like I thought it would. I just won’t “settle” for selfish women, and when I get that beacon of mine fixed, I’ll be ready for the love of my life.

  3. Eriskay

    I think this is a very, very narrow interpretation of how a person who has been single for a while might approach relationships in the future. In fact, I think it is so narrow that it is likely to reflect just one person’s personal challenges – the author’s.

    When one has been single for a while and found that sense of self and self-worth, then entering into a relationship becomes a purposeful choice, not a need driven by fear or loneliness or desperation.

    How anyone approaches a relationship, especially when it is based on choice, is a pure reflection of the inner work they have done. If they are cynical, self-sabatoging, and selfish, the issue isn’t that they were single for too long. The issue is that they didn’t take the time to do enough self-reflection and growth work.

    Being single and finding your own rhythm, knowing that you can fill your own inner void without demanding something unreasonably from another person, choosing someone because you want them, not because you need them, respecting them for bringing connection into your life that wouldn’t exist if you were single…..these are the gifts of having been single that can, and often do, strengthen future relationships – if you have the maturity to see and use them.

    If that maturity is lacking…..well, you might be inclined to write an opinion piece on why staying single too long is a problem.

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