drinking aloneYou would think that I am the absolute saddest thing out there.

I just have to mention the fact that I live alone, without a husband or boyfriend, no prospects in sight, during a simple conversation and the looks I get are hilarious! The comments are an interesting study of how folks feel about single people in their later (?) years.

“You’re 57, do you want to die alone? ” Because, obviously, I’m going to.

“What if you fall? ” and I can’t get up?¬†

“Oh, you poor thing, and you’re such a nice lady! ” Ummm, well, yes, I am.¬†

“What about sex? Do you NEVER have sex?” I always laugh at that one. #1:¬†It’s none of your business and #2: Ok, what about it? I’m single and might have more sex than you do, married. Think about it for a second, do I?

The thing is this; I honestly love being alone.

I have nothing against having a relationship and I suppose I just may consider it, if and when the opportunity arises.

It will have to seem VERY attractive to me though.

Because¬†right now, I’m perfectly content to be by myself. That’s the God-honest truth.

I get up when I want to, clean up my own mess, do my own laundry. I can go to the movies alone or spend time with girlfriends.

 I often walk into a restaurant and enjoy a peaceful dinner, seated by the window.

¬†I¬†can travel on a plane, or a train and get to where I’m going without ‘needing’ someone to come with me.

People don’t get it, but,¬†I’m comfortable going solo.

I’m not anti-social, or anti-dating. I love photography, writing, reading, long walks on the beach, evenings in Paris, flowers on my kitchen table. I can talk on the phone for hours, love meeting¬†new people, expanding my circle of friends.

¬†I visit museums, art galleries, historic forts and take long hikes. Believe me, no one could say I’m a wallflower, couch potato, or in the least bit boring.

So, why do people¬†feel the need¬†to worry, that at 57, it’s a sad case of affairs if I don’t have a date for the weekend?

I don’t WANT a date for the weekend. I’m my own date.¬†My calendar is already full.

I like it that way.

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