Self Improvement

10 Things That Are Totally OK When You're Single (or not) In A Big City

As a young single go-getter in a thriving beast of a city, I’ve come to realise that I have been very hard on myself recently especially...

As a young single go-getter in a thriving beast of a city, I’ve come to realise that I have been very hard on myself recently especially when it comes to trying to keep up with the dating scene WHILST making time for friends, hobbies, etc (pandy notwithstanding).‍

It got me thinking, if I’ve been stressing out about certain things, then perhaps you have as well fellow readers. We get to an age where we suddenly start to put all this pressure on ourselves about how we should be living all aspects of our lives, especially when it comes to dating.

Well no more, dearest friends.

Here are 10 things about dating that I decided a while back that I’m going to be ok with and you should be too (if you were looking for permission). In no particular order:  

It’s OK to schedule your dates for days/nights when you know you’ll already be out of the house. Bonus points for scheduling them on days when you have client meetings. No sense in wasting 2 good outfits. 

It’s OK to call it a night when 8pm rolls round and the hope you had that chemistry would come doesn’t. It’s emotionally draining to show interest in other people. Know when to cut your losses and save yourself.  

It’s OK to lie about what neighbourhood you live in. I’ve seen Luther so I know exactly how this could end. Be smart with strangers. 

It’s OK to let him pay. You’ll still be “an independent woman who don’t need no man for nothing” just a little less thirsty. Make sure you get the next round though because…you know…suffrage etc. To be honest, I still struggle with this one but I'm working on it.  

It’s OK to not walk them to their bus stop/tube station if it’s not on your way home. This is London, tubes stop at midnight. Get your ass home. No one is worth the schoolnight night bus home. Yet.  

It’s OK to join all the dating sites and all the dating apps and cruise them from your sofa in your onesie with ice cream you know damn well you shouldn’t be trying to digest. London is a big ass city and online dating is probably the most efficient way to put yourself out there at scale.   

It’s OK to not be sure, even after a few dates. Just be honest for the sake of your karma if nothing else.  

It’s OK to count the gym as a hobby. They don’t get to choose the hobby rules. No one died and made them grand commander of hobbies criteria.   

It’s OK to refuse to respond to a low effort message.

It's also OK to respond to a low effort message. Do you despite what our friends might say.  

It’s OK to end it but not know why you’re just not that into them. That’s why we date, we fail, and we date again.

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