“I’m getting a ton of cats because I’m going to die alone.” So many women say things like this, but I’ve never quite been able to accept the spinster creed.

First of all, I don’t really like cats. Also, Animal Planet has taught me that hoarding them is kind of frowned upon.

I don’t really get what’s so bad about being alone. Sure, there are lots of positives to having a significant other – like 6ex and getting to split a mortgage – but single life has its perks, too.

Don’t get me wrong; I’d still love to meet someone someday. But the idea of being alone doesn’t terrify me in the way it did during my younger years. I don’t need to be in a relationship to feel fulfilled. Love used to be a priority: a necessity, even. However, age, maturity, a few dating sites and several bad dates have made me really appreciate what the single life has to offer.

If searching dating sites has led you to people like that guy who used a picture from 10 years ago as his misleading profile picture, maybe you feel it too. You realize that this whole dating thing is not worth sacrificing your time away from Netflix.

I’ve been through the full stages of grief with my singleness, and I’ve finally come to both accept and embrace it. If you think you have as well, look for the following signs and symptoms:

1. Netflix Without The Chill

Why is this a thing? Like, seriously. I know I’m a bit out of the dating loop, but I don’t get the glamour.

You’d better not think about interrupting my four-hour documentary on cheesemaking just to get a little action.

2. Canceling Cosmo And Signing Up For Food Network Magazine

I used to subscribe to all sorts of girly magazines. They have all sorts of areas like fashion and … oh, who am I kidding? Everyone reads Cosmo for the 6ex tips.

Since those aren’t really needed anymore, I have shifted my focus to food magazines. If I ever need to make a soufflé with fresh coco from my garden in 38 easy steps, now I can.

That’s a marketable skill. Or, at least, it’s more of a marketing skill than the 20 ways to join the mile-high club. Swap out 6ex tips for food? At least this way, I’ll finish.

3. Checking Your Clothing Before You Go Out

As soon as I walk through my door, off come the shoes. As I walk into the bathroom, I take off the jewelry, pants and bra.

There’s a trail of clothing and accessories around my house. I’m like a snake shedding its skin. I have so much freedom.

This is all great and wonderful, until you have to go back out and realize you’re missing something. I’ve gotten into my car without shoes, and without realizing I wasn’t wearing a bra.

Note: Check yourself for decency before you cross over the threshold, back into the real world.

4. Not Paying Attention To Grooming

Oh, has it been two weeks since I shaved? Again?

Oops. I’m probably saving a ton of time and money.

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