Why you should spend one year of your semi-adult life enjoying a season of single

Life changes in your twenties. You’re no longer considered an angst filled teenager. You’re… dare I say it? A semi-adult. Most people’s twenties are spent exploring the world, getting a college degree, or starting that treacherous climb up the corporate ladder. No matter what your life may look like during this soul-searching decade, take the time to truly enjoy one whole year of your semi-adult life on your own. No significant-other’s, no major crushes, no backsliding into your ex or pursuing the next cute person you lay eyes on. Here are five reasons why you should take time for yourself.

1. You gain confidence
One year of being single means one glorious year of spending holidays and other celebrations alone while being surrounded by the people who mean the most to you. Yes, you’ll have to answer the dreaded questions from all of your mom’s chatty friends about why you’re not married yet and sure you’ll get invited to parties that allow you to bring a plus one. You might feel awkward showing up alone but in the end, you gain confidence through being the person you are without hiding behind a date.

2. Hobbies are fun!
What is life without a hobby? And how can you have a hobby when all of your spare time is spent swooning over another human being? Take this season of single to find out what you love doing in your spare time and master it. Once a hobby, always a hobby – no person can ever take that joy away from you.

3. Knowledge is inevitable
A lot can happen in one year and through those experiences you’ll gain insight about the world, about yourself, and about the type of person you one day want to spend the rest of your life with. If you’re constantly in and out of relationships, you aren’t taking time for self-discovery because you’re too occupied learning about that significant other while trying to be who he or she expects you to be. Once you find delight in yourself, you’ll finally realize what traits are important to you in a companion.

4. Stellar Friendships
Being without a sig-oth for an entire year means making valuable friendships. Your spare time can go toward investing in healthy relationships with some spectacular people. There aren’t many things that are better than not having to split time between friends and lovers. Oh sweet serenity.

5. Pure Splendor
You can’t blissfully appreciate having that special someone until you know what it’s like to have no one. Filling the spaces in life with the wrong relationships doesn’t make room for total admiration when the right one comes along. When you know what it’s like to be alone, you’ll have nothing but appreciation when the best fit for you walks into your life.