Things People in a Relationship Just Don’t Understand

Alone once again on Valentine’s day? It’s a rotten time of the year for singles, and there are things about being alone that people in relationships just don’t seem to get. So buckle up, fellow singles, and we’ll get through this together.

#1 - People in relationships have babies. You have your cat.

Babies are smelly, require a lot of attention, and whine all the time. You can replace most of the experience of having one with a little ingenuity and one kitty cat—and you won’t have to deal with dirty diapers, either. Who said becoming a crazy cat lady was a bad thing?

#2 - You get rusty at small talk.

When you’re single, you end up spending a lot of time at home with your best friends, the characters in your favorite television show. It can make socializing with your other friends, those with “normal” lives, rather difficult at times…

#3 - You just don’t fit in.

I’m at that age where my Facebook feed is filled with old high school friends showing off their baby bumps as they start families. What do I have to compete with that! Something tells me stories about hitting level 100 in World of Warcraft will no longer cut it…

#4 - You lose your sense of finding a good match.

People in relationships seem to think dating is easy! You find someone, find out that you have tons of things in common, fall in love for the rest of your life, and live happily ever after. They must have some kind of magic power to identify these kinds of things, because the rest of us have all stumbled from one date to another, with someone who looked like the next Prince Charming turning out to be a total loser after all. So much for our hopes!

#5 - You take romance where you can find it.

So you don’t have someone special to share your meals with. You can get by—it’s just a matter of thinking creatively.

#6 - You learn to make clever substitutions.

So, you don’t have someone to snuggle with you on a cold winter’s night. That doesn’t mean you have to forgo physical contact entirely. Some clever thinking means you can generate some special moments all your own.

#7 - You learn to cope.

So, you don’t have a date for Valentine’s Day. Who needs one! You’ll be just fine on your own. After all, that means you don’t have to spring for flowers and chocolates and a date. Just you, your couch, and your good friend Jack Daniels.

#8 - The dating pool is pretty shallow

It stands to reason: people who would be good in a relationship tend to be in a relationship. That’s how the world works. That means the people left in the dating pool tend to be…of a lesser quality. Might be better just to forget about it entirely.