by Gena Kaufman, Glamour
There are obvious things you miss when you get out of a long-term relationship: having a date to those 17 weddings every summer, someone to hold your hand, and regular sex. These are the reasons you cry for a week straight after a breakup. But there are a few less obvious things that will eventually get to you too.
In the year I've been single after being in a relationship for many years, I've discovered several things that are really annoying about suddenly being on your own when you're so used to having a partner. Now believe me, these silly things aren't even close to being worth suffering through a bad relationship so I don't fret too much over them. But I thought we could take a minute to do a little good natured pouting (sort of an oxymoron, huh?) over the little annoyances of losing your partnered status:
Annoyance #1: There is nobody to put lotion on your back. In my case, this is the worst as I have a reoccurring rash on my back that needs hydrocortisone cream. Stupid sensitive skin. For those who don't have gross skin problems (or aren't into TMI), maybe sunscreen on a beach day is your issue. Luckily, there are solutions to this: Use "single people sunscreen", or even better, ask a hot stranger for help.
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Annoyance #2: You no longer have a built in excuse not to do something you don't feel like doing. I swear, my friends can always get out of a lame party or a restaurant they don't feel like paying for by the old, "Sorry, it's date night" standby. But all my friends know this single girl rarely has Saturday night plans without them. So fine, yes, I'll go to that whiny indie band's concert you want to go to. Sigh.
Annoyance #3: No partner in dessert crime. I like to end a meal with dessert, but I don't really need to eat an entire 800-calorie brownie sundae on my own. But I have an unfortunate tendency to keep eating until every bite is gone, so I really miss having someone to share the occasional pint of ice cream. Oh well though, there's only a short time in your life between childhood (siblings) and having kids when you don't have to share your chocolate. Enjoy it.
Annoyance #4: The other half of your pictures. I was looking through my photos from my trip to Paris when I realized there are hardly any of me. Because I was on my own, and it's kind of embarrassing to take a bunch of self portraits in public. And even in more social settings, people always tend to want to take pictures of couples--"You two, smile!" Although this might be a good time to be in less photos since I've gained ten pounds from eating all that dessert anyway. Plus, framing a bunch of photos of just you might come across as a little self-obsessed. Not that I wouldn't do it anyway.
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Annoyance #5: No one is legally obligated to listen to the minutiae of your day. OK, OK, technically no one is ever legally obligated to do this, but seriously--it's the implied duty of a significant other to listen to your boring story of how the deli guy messed up your salad at lunch. Sure, your friends want to hear all the exciting news in your life, but listen, your best friend already listened to a 10-minute account of her boyfriend's mind-numbing business meeting. She can't deal with yours now too.
Ha! So silly, but there, I've said it. Some things are just irritating to do on your own once you've gotten used to having someone else there. But on the bright side, think of all the newly independent skills you're developing. Some day, that flexibility you gained by learning how to scratch your own back is going to come in handy. Probably.
Newly single girls, do you ever get annoyed by any of these little things? What else bugs you? Or alternatively, what are the awesome things about getting out of a long term relationship (no complaints about your Lifetime movie marathon)?
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by Gena Kaufman, Glamour