WOMEN
01/02/2014 08:58 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Why Don't We Believe That Women Are Happy Being Single?

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I’m the perpetually single one of all my friends and I don’t mind it at all. I’ve watched my friends go in and out of serious relationships, I’ve seen them move in with partners and sometimes move out, I’ve been to countless weddings and cried with happiness at almost every single one, I’ve watched people adopt pets, have babies and start real families with their partners. And throughout this all, I’ve been happily single and single by choice.

I’ve never taken a plus one to a wedding, I’ve never considered living with anyone other than a roommate, and since college I’ve only had 2 guys I’ve considered to be enough of a boyfriend to introduce to my friends. I’ve dated here and there, but it’s just simply never been a priority. Since college however, I have moved into a large city, become financially independent from my parents, spent time living abroad, earned a Master’s Degree while working full-time, and am currently in the process of applying to PhD programs.

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