I in no way want anyone to pity single individuals. I was single for a very long time myself and I did not want anybody’s pity. Furthermore, there are a lot of elements of being single that are actually really great—I even miss them sometimes, as a woman in a relationship, and remember how nice they are when my partner goes out of town for a few days. If you have a good attitude and focus on the positive, it’s easy to find the silver lining in both lifestyles—in being free as a bird, or being in a committed relationship. Now all of that being said, I also recall being single and feeling like my friends in relationships just absolutely glorified the single life. Like anything, it has its tough moments, too. Again, this isn’t about pitying single individuals. But if you do have a close friend or someone you care about who is single, maybe keep her in mind when these things come up. Just check in. Here are the tough parts of being single nobody talks about.
Affording rent alone is a nightmare
I don’t know about you, but my rent is very high. There is no way I could afford to live alone in my city—at least not if I wanted to live in a place that is safe, nice, and decently sized. If you’re single and live in a high-rent city, you either struggle to put aside any money after rent, or have to get a roommate. And that might mean doing the whole Craigslist roommate search thing. Yikes.