7 Reasons To Embrace Your Dating Dry Spell

No boy/girl friend? No problem.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Being single is not the end of the world.

I know, I know. As women, we have it drilled into our heads from day one that the presence of a significant other should be your main source of validation and confidence, but look here - if you didn't know it already, let me be the first to tell you that that is an absolute joke.

Being single - especially while you're young - can be the best thing to ever happen to you, once you get over everyone else telling you how bad you should feel about it. Here are 7 reasons you should be enjoying your dry spell.

1. . It's a good opportunity get to know yourself.

I know you've probably read this a thousand times, but that's because it's true. If you've always been one half of a relationship, it's time to decide who you are - and who you want to be - without someone else. This can be scary if you're not used to it, but trust me - it's good for you.

2. . It empties your life of needless distraction.

Just think about it: no relationship drama, no texts to overthink and overanalyze. Use this time to learn how to be alone and be happy with the lack of drama in your life.

3. . It gives you time to get on your grind.

Stop thinking of yourself as a potential love interest for someone else and start thinking of yourself as the hero of your own story. What goal should you be working toward? No distractions - it's time to get to work. Use this time to establish good habits and you won't lose your rhythm if you do end up in a relationship later on in life.

4. . More friend time? Yes please.

Remember how your friends used to always be like "Why don't we ever see your face anymore?" Stop taking friendship for granted and spend more time with the people who have been there for you through everything. I can't stress enough the importance of strong, platonic relationships.

5. . A dry spell can teach you that being single won't kill you.

Being single for a while, and finally realizing with time how non-essential a romantic partner is to the overall quality of your life, is super important in the long run. Let go of the shame - you might find that once you shake off all that societal pressure, you kind of actually like being a free agent.

6. . One word: freedom.

Have I mentioned the freedom? Embrace your independence and build up that confidence while you're at it.

7. . Sometimes it's better if love finds you later in life.

Do yourself a favor, and stop thinking of yourself as aging milk. You do not have an expiration date, after which point you will cease to be worth anything to anyone else. Once you've really had a chance to figure out who you are and what you want out of life, you're less likely to end up with someone who's actually all wrong for you. Stop freaking out about not having been on a date in who knows how long and live a little already.
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