The holidays are an emotionally charged time of year for all of us, but especially for those who have experienced any loss, which, I'd argue, is most of us who are over 30.
The holidays are here and we're single. Is that a reason to feel depressed or lonely? I hope not. There is nothing upsetting about being single during the holiday season or any time of year for that matter. It just means we haven't met the right person yet.
I knew I did not want this motherhood thing, an idea I had, without much thought, signed off on early on as being something I should want. If fate knocked me up, I'd be okay. But if it didn't, that was pretty great also. Maybe greater.
You don't have to buy someone something just because they want it. "Oh, you want a new PlayStation game? I just LOVE when you sit in all day and play. Of course I will contribute to the habit!"
The world is in a tough place right now, and many people are suffering. You may be suffering too, and while what you are dealing with is difficult, I think there's also an opportunity there.
Data researchers David McCandless and Lee Byron found that breakups peak in the month of December, two weeks before Christmas and for many people this means being alone during the holidays.
When did being single become some sort of disease that everyone wants to get rid of? Why does everyone think that being in a relationship or married is superior to being alone?
I can write a blog telling you that following these specific steps you won't feel the pain of the loss of your marriage, but I am sorry, I can't do that!! What I can do is share with you what helped not only myself, but my friends, members on my website and coworkers.
Often, our very future in finding love is determined by our small choices at these countless crossroads.
Every year when the holidays roll around, I brace for the inevitable wave of emotions the season brings -- emotions that I know are supposed to resemble peace and joy, but instead feel suspiciously like irritation and resentment.
Something changes when your parents get divorced, when you console your friends after devastating breakups, when an argument changes the course of a relationship and no matter how many apologies happen it's still heading due South.
Being single around the holidays, well, sucks. Common questions and comments at holiday gatherings not only include inquiries about my dating life, but also about desperately wanting to understand why I'm still single. Let's just put it out there that as an adult, it's challenging to meet people.
Now that you are divorced or otherwise single, what are you looking for? You've probably been asked that question, or a variation of it, many times, and it's not always easy to pin down an answer.
Singles are often grilled about their personal lives in a way their married relations rarely are. When was the last time your sister and brother-in-law were asked to defend their "married lifestyle" to a table of 12?
Age appropriateness is a frequent consideration of potential dating partners. In most cases, people will claim to prefer a partner close to his/her age, but in practical applications this isn't always possible.
I, for one, think being divorced can actually be a stamp of awesomeness to us men willing to look past the stigma. I think this experience actually means you're a cut above your never-been-married friends.