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Ten reasons to be glad you are single on your birthday

Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Today is my birthday. If you know me in any way outside of this blog you already know that because a) I talk about it non-stop on Twitter and b) you were invited to the fantastic party that my best friend, @chicagodaniel is having for me.

Young woman blowing out candles on cake

This birthday is kind of a big one and not just because I am turning 30 but because of the things that this birthday really means to me. I will talk more about that later but for the record, I do not think 30 is old in any way shape or form. In fact, there is not even a single part of me that is afraid to turn 30.

Anyway, when I met Mr. Google a while back I was very excited about him. He talked about coming to visit me and I told him he should save it for my birthday because I would need a date. Well, obviously I figured out some time ago that he was not going to be my date (thought we are actually friends now), but for a while there I still thought I would kind of like a date for my birthday. Truth be told (and I feel a little embarrassed here) but I really can't remember a time that I haven't been single on my birthday.

Now that the day has come, I am dateless and flying solo, but I really don't think that is all that big of a deal. No, really, if you read my blog regularly you know that I (almost) never think of being single as anything remotely related to sad and pathetic. My birthday should be no different. And I think it's kind of a waste of time to worry about that kind of thing on your birthday (especially when you have a whole group of amazing people that want to celebrate with you).

Over the past few weeks I have come to realize that there are a whole lot of really great reasons that it is totally fine to be single on your birthday - trust me there are plenty. And even though I don't do a lot of "top ten" sort of lists, I figured it would be great to share them. So, here you have it, my ten reasons to be glad you are single on your birthday...

  1. If you are too drunk to function (read that as you are too drunk to make out) it is perfectly fine when you are single.
  2. If you want to crash on your friend's couch after your party you won't have to worry about how your boyfriend feels snuggling up to you in the middle of someone else's living room.
  3. You can come and go as you please.
  4. You don't have to worry about your party ending Springer style if your friends don't get along with your boyfriend (or vice versa).
  5. If you see a cute guy at the bar, you can flirt away (and even go home with them). You can also go home alone.
  6. Speaking of which, going home alone on your birthday when you are single is perfectly fine. Going home alone on your birthday when you are in a relationship, not so much.
  7. You don't have to worry if your boyfriend's feelings get hurt because he really wanted to do something special for your birthday but your friend's beat him to the punch with all the planning.
  8. You don't have to worry if this is the first time your boyfriend is meeting your weird Uncle Frank.
  9. You don't have to babysit anyone or feel bad if he's not having a good time.
  10. You don't have to worry if your boyfriend wants to leave before you are ready.



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