24 Reasons It’s Cool to Be Single in Your 30s

Katie Sweeney

I’m about to turn 34 and I’m single—but I’m not afraid to announce it to the world. I don’t consider myself an old maid, and I’m tired of my friends, family members, and colleagues feeling sorry for me. Why? Because I’m great! Relationship wise, I’m in one of the best places I’ve ever been, and I don’t mind being kid-free at this point, either. I’m confident and know what I want and don’t want. I’m not the naive single gal I was in my 20s, and I don’t have time to waste on men who are unable to see my awesomeness. While it is hard to be the only single girl at a wedding (especially if everyone thinks you’re a match made in heaven with the one other single person, who you’re totally not into), most of the time it’s pretty cool to be single in your 30s. Don’t believe me? Here are 24 reasons being single in your 30s is fabulous!

  1. You have more financial freedom than you did as a single 20-something, so you can afford to do the things that make you happy. Want to spend a week in January at a surf camp in Costa Rica? Go right ahead! Want to ride a bike around Germany in high heels? Why not? Want to splurge on that handbag you saved for? You go get it, girl!
  2. You’re also more confident than you were in your 20s and don’t put up with any immature dating games.
  3. You can leave the country without putting two or more plane tickets on your credit card. Thus, you type this in as your Facebook status: “Anyone want to go to Spain next month for my birthday?”
  4. You don’t have to drive a kid-friendly car.
  5. You realize that your beauty sleep is more important than a romp with someone you don’t really care about. Trust me—this is a liberating realization! Sleeping more means fewer wrinkles.
  6. You’re always the DJ in your house and car. You can listen to the Spanish radio station and belt out Enrique Iglesias without anyone rolling their eyes at you.
  7. You never have to watch MythBusters or Deadliest Catch or some random Discovery Channel show about how lions mate.
  8. You don’t have to pretend to care about fantasy football teams or batting averages or how playoffs operate… or whatever it is your would-be significant other might obsess over. Sports? What are those?
  9. You can have your favorite salad for dinner every night of the week and never worry about cooking something heartier for a hungry partner or growing child. 
  10. If you buy a six-pack of beer, you know it will be there waiting for you after work.
  11. You’re only responsible for doing your own laundry. If you run out of clean underwear, you can buy some new ones. I won’t tell.
  12. You don’t have to worry about being friends with his friends and his friends’ significant others. The WAGs (wives and girlfriends) are often wildly intimidating.
  13. You’ll never fall into the toilet seat—that he left up again!—in the middle of the night.
  14. You can celebrate the entire holiday season with your family and don’t have to split your time going to your significant other’s family functions.
  15. You can do whatever you want when you want, and never have to call someone to check in. Woo-hoo! Happy hour on Friday, here you come!
  16. You don’t have to coordinate your life with someone else’s schedule.
  17. Your married friends can’t pressure you to plan your pregnancy with them. Thus, you don’t have to worry about answering the following question over text message: “Are you still planning a fall conception like I am?” (Yes, that really happens.)
  18. You can sleep like a star and hog all the pillows and blankets.
  19. All of your married friends are eager to see you settle down, so they’re willing to be wingwomen and are always on the lookout for eligible bachelors to set you up with.
  20. Your purse isn’t loaded with toys, Kleenex, and baby food.
  21. When you travel, you only have to worry about packing for yourself. No car seats, pack-’n’-plays, or diaper bags here!
  22. You don’t have to pretend to like Jägermeister or Fernet or Aquavit or any other random spirit that your S.O. loves.
  23. You don’t have to worry about getting a divorce.
  24. Your house is perfectly decorated just the way you like.

Why do you think it’s cool to be single in your 30s?

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