LIVING SINGLE IN NYC
A note from Tracy…As someone who was single for a long time (well into my thirties), I have an appreciation for SSBs (secret single behaviors), and the benefits of flying solo. Although I’ve never been single in NYC, I know plenty of New Yorkers who seem content without a significant other. And honestly, if there’s any place in the world I would’ve loved to live single, if even for a short time, it’s here. In New York City, getting married in your thirties, forties, or even later, is completely acceptable, and so is not getting married at all. I’ll hand the floor over to Lauren, one of the smartest single gals I know.
|Sloppily eating fast food is one of many advantages of living alone.|
I confess that…
…I sometimes sleep diagonally on my bed. Just because I can.
…I think it’s so much more fun being single in this city than in a relationship. NYC is basically an all-you-can-eat buffet of attractive singles to “pick” from.
…I think dogs are cuter than kids.
…when one of my best friends first told me she was going to get married, I replied “Why?” as my initial response.
…one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday night is heading over to Dangerfield’s comedy club around midnight, hanging out with my comedian friends, and then drinking with them at Baker Street (my favorite pub in the city) until 4 a.m.
…the whole “How is a beautiful girl like YOU, single?” question drives me insane – especially since I have been flying solo for nearly four years now. What, would it only be possible for me to be single if I looked like a yeti?
…it takes me a long time to clean my room, because I blast my favorite rap songs and dance around while folding laundry.
…whenever I see a couple having engagement or wedding pictures taken in beautiful locations like Central Park or Grand Central Station’s staircase, I get the urge to photobomb.
…when a guy asks me out and I say “I’m busy,” I’m not lying.
…it bugs the crap out of me when girls go through breakups and say “I’m SO done with guys,” only to wind up in another relationship a few weeks later. It gives legitimate, emotionally independent females like myself a bad name.
…you couldn’t pay me to get married before the age of 30.
…watching The Real Housewives while drinking a bottle of wine and applying a coconut oil hair mask is one of my favorite ways to relax.
…I can’t join a dating site or app without seeing the profile of someone I’ve already been out with.
…few things make me feel as mentally and emotionally stable as listening to other people complain about their relationships.
…I’m totally jaded when it comes to attractive men, just because there are so many in New York. Good looks aren’t nearly enough to grab my attention anymore.
…I have a bit of a “hero complex” and turn into a total groupie around FDNY firemen.
…I have gone out with an FDNY fireman, and highly recommend all single females do the same.
…I can’t stand first dates, so I go out of my way to make it as non-date-like as possible. We’re talking yoga pants, a couple cans of Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and chilling out in Carl Schurz Park, overlooking the East River.
…I like to play reruns of The Jeffersons and All in the Family on YouTube while I’m working.
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