Our culture and its obsession with partnered relationships
Many people genuinely enjoy being single and the concept of remaining single for the rest of their lives makes many people uncomfortable.
Our culture is submerged with the notion of long-term romantic relationships and marriage is an antiquated way of defining a long-term committed relationship. However, happiness can also be found even when we are by ourselves.
Instead of prioritizing one person by default, we can decide for ourselves who or what really matters to us, and live accordingly.
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Single at heart is used to describe the people who find their greatest fulfillment and meaning without a romantic partner. Authenticity is crucial to these people and traditional paradigms do not fascinate them.
Many people find that some activities, such as traveling or political campaigning, provide them with the same level of passion as a romantic connection, but some people simply do not want to be in any emotional trappings of a relationship.
How you choose to define yourself completely depends on your and your tastes.
A new breed of 'single-positive' personalities reject the notion that you need a partner to be happy and have a fulfilling life.
These 'self-partnering' individuals are seeing that being single is not being lonely or depressed, but is leading them to experience life as a positive and exciting ride.
Growing older without a spouse or adult children means you'll need to build support who can help with your finances, make medical decisions and prevent you from becoming isolated as you grow older (extended family, trusted friends, and paid professionals):
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