The idea of being single is terrifying for some people. Many have no idea what to do with themselves unless they’re in a relationship with someone else. The trick to happiness is learning to love yourself before you try to love anyone else. Here are a few single quotes to remind you how amazing being on your own can really be.
Inspiring Quotes about Being Single
“My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.”
– Warsan Shire
Learn to love being alone and you will never worry about those times when you find yourself without companionship. Delight in that solitude and you will never find yourself in a relationship simply out of a fear of being alone. Instead, you will be content and even happy to wait for someone who is simply more amazing than your solitude.
“Being single is getting over the illusion that there is somebody out there to complete you and taking charge of your own life.”
– Omkar Phatack
We’ve become immersed in this idea that we cannot be complete without someone to fill in the holes in your life. That concept couldn’t be further from the truth. What we need is to learn and accept that we are whole, in and of ourselves, and we don’t need anyone else to fill the pieces. A relationship should be between two whole people, not two people looking for someone to fill in the pieces.
“If you have to ask someone to change, to tell you they love you, to bring wind to dinner, to call you when they land, you can’t afford to be with them.”
There is no excuse for being in a relationship with someone who spends all their time to try and change you. Don’t waste your time on people who feel the need to mold you to fit their needs or their liking. If that’s the way your relationship is shaping up, then it may be time to step away from it and from that person who thinks that you need to change to be with them.
“When I get lonely these days, I think: so BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.” – Elizabeth Gilbert
Learn how to be lonely, because there will always be times where you find yourself alone. It is part of being human and should be relished, not avoided. You are here to experience the world for yourself, not for anyone else. Don’t let someone else’s desires or expectations shape your experience.
“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself.” – Anais Nin
Don’t expect anyone to build the things that you want in life, especially if you’re in a relationship. While it’s important to build things together, it is equally important to learn how to build things on your own. Acquire the skills to build the world that you want to see and you want to live in, and don’t expect anyone else to do it for you.
“I love being single. I can come and go as I please and stay out as late as I want to.” –Eric Dickerson
This is one of the best reasons to be single: you are completely in control of your own destiny. You are not beholden to anyone, and you’re able to make decisions for yourself without needing the approval of anyone else. Learn how to do this first, before you even consider entering into a relationship with someone. It’s a skill that too many people overlook in their rush to be in a relationship.
“You do not need to be loved, not at the cost of yourself. The single relationship that is truly central and crucial in life is a relationship to the self. Of all the people you will know in a lifetime, you are the only one you will never lose.” – Jo Courdert
In a society that is so obsessed with seeking approval from others, it’s easy to forget that the first person that you need to love and seek approval from is yourself. Once you know yourself, you can easily build a healthy relationship with someone who is just as happy to love themselves as they are to love you.
“If we seek paradise outside ourselves, we cannot have paradise in our hearts.” – Thomas Merton
We all look for approval from our friends, our family, and our peers. If we spend all of our time trying to look for that approval outside of ourselves, then we will never learn to love ourselves. Without that love, you can’t create a healthy relationship with anyone else. Find that paradise within yourself and revel in it. It is more important than any relationship you might form with another person.
“I think, therefore I am single.” – Liz Winston
We as a society are too preoccupied with looks. People hide their intelligence and create these personas that are so different from what they truly are that it can be hard to tell who is real and who isn’t. Don’t change yourself for anyone, and don’t hide any part of yourself in order to attract someone who won’t love every part of you.
“I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.” – Henry David Thoreau
Solitude is one of the most forgiving and amazing companions. It will never judge you for neglecting it and will always remain and stalwart and steadfast friend. Work hard on cultivating your friendship with solitude, and you will never truly be alone.
Don’t rush into a relationship just because you’re afraid of being alone. Hopefully these single quotes can help to remind you how amazing it is to be on your own, without being at the beck and call of someone else.
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