The Year Of Single

The Year Of Single

"I do want to find a romantic love in my life. But I’m okay if doesn't happen right now."

Let me be upfront with you. I’ve always been single. Yep, all 20 years of my life I have been a free agent. And at times I love that and am empowered by it, while at other times I feel ashamed and frustrated by it. But I had a very powerful thought recently: what if I decided to be single for the rest of the year? I know it doesn’t seem like much, considering I’m always single, but hear me out.

I was reading an article by Cosmopolitan on "Sex and London City" blogger Nixalina Watson, who is giving up sex for a year. This is relevant because her blog is mostly about sex and love, much like the famous fictional writer Carrie Bradshaw. The article discusses how Watson is giving up sex for a year to try and find the love of her life without sex clouding the connection.

As I read this article, I realized that at no point had I actively decided to be single. I had always felt it was, more or less, circumstantial. I have had opportunities with guys in the past, but admittedly they were few and far-between. Part of it is that I have never put myself out there; I always just expected a relationship to fall into my lap like it does in the movies. But that’s not really how it works, is it?

So I’ve made a decision. For the rest of this year, at least, I want to be single. Whoa, crazy. A girl actually saying she would like to be single. But it’s true. I like college a lot more being single. And sure, I’ll still be self-conscious about the fact that I have never had a boyfriend, or even my first kiss, but to be totally honest, it’s only something I’m self-conscious about when I’m talking to friends who have been there and done that. When I’m on my own, I’m totally happy with it just being me. It’s only around friends and family that I feel weird about it.

But I’m proud of being single right now. For one, because it gives me time to plan a life for myself without someone else’s influence. Plus, it means I’m not settling for just any guy I happen to meet. I know that I have a lot to offer someone when the time is right, but I also know that I’m not ready to do that yet. Like an artwork by Van Gogh, I know I will get better with time. Right now, I’m just starting my life. I have little life experience and am just starting to truly know myself as an independent adult. So my work of art is relatively blank. As I go, I know much more color will be added to my canvas, both dark and light. And with that color, I will come to better understand how to love both myself and others. So I’m willing to give it time and just be single for now.

I do want to find a romantic love in my life. But I’m okay if doesn't happen right now. I’m a big believer in timing and things happening when they should. For right now, I’m in a season of self-love and understanding that I need to go through alone. It won’t be easy, especially seeing many of my friends, and even my little sister, all coupled up, but I know this is what’s best for me. As much as I dream of falling in love, a year off from worrying about when that's going to happen for me in order to just focus on myself sounds like a dream.

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I Woke up In The Middle Of The Night To Write About My Fears, They're Worse Than The Dark

One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.


It is one of those nights when I am tired, but for some reason, I can't seem to fall asleep. So, what do I do? I pull out my laptop, and I begin to write. Who knows where it will lead. It could lead to a killer article or something that does not make sense. I mean it is almost 2 A.M. In my mind, that's pretty late.

Anyways, let's do this thing.

Like many people, thoughts seem to pile up in my head at this time. It could be anything from a time when I was younger to embarrassing stories to wondering why I am "wasting" my time somewhere to thoughts about the future. All of these things come at me like a wildfire. One minute I'm thinking about what I want to do after college next thing I know I'm remembering the time I tried talking to a boy and choked on my spit.

The thought that is going through my mind as I write this is about the future. It's about the future of my fears. Let me explain. I have multiple fears. Some of my fears I can hide pretty well, others I am terrible at hiding. My fears may seem silly to some. While others might have the same fears. Shall we start?

1. My career

I don't know where to begin with this one. For as long as I can remember, my consistent dream job has been working in the world of sports, specifically hockey. A career in sports can be and is a challenging thing. The public eye is on you constantly. A poor trade choice? Fans are angry. Your team sucks? "Fans" are threatening to cheer for someone else if you can't get your sh*t together. You can be blamed for anything and everything. Whether you are the coach, general manager, owner, it does not matter. That's terrifying to me, but for some reason, I want to work for a team.

2. My family

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Failing with my family, whether that be the family I was born into or my future family, it terrifies me. I have watched families around me fall apart and I have seen how it has affected them. Relationships have fallen apart because of it. I have heard people talk about how much they hate one of their parents because of what happened. I don't want that.

3. Time

This could be a dumb fear. I'm not sure, but I fear time. With every minute that passes, I am just another minute closer to the end. With every day that passes that I am not accomplishing goals or dreams I have, I am losing precious time. It scares me to think of something horrible like "What if I die tomorrow because of something horrific?" or even worse, "What if I don't make it through today?" It's terrible, I know.

4. Forgetting precious memories

When I was younger, I had brain surgery. It is now much harder for me to remember things. I am truly terrified that I am going to forget things I will want to hold close to me forever, but I won't be able to. I am scared I'll forget about the little things that mean a lot. I'm afraid of forgetting about old memories that may disappear. I'm worried that I'll forget about something like my wedding day. That might seem out of this world, but it's a reality for me.

5. Saying "goodbye"

I hate saying bye. It is one of my least favorite things. Saying bye, especially to people I don't know when I'll see again, is a stab in the heart for me. I love my people so much. I love being around them. I love laughing with them. Thought of never having a hello with them again scares me beyond belief.

6. Leaving places that I love

Alright, let me start off by saying this- it takes a lot for me to love a place. It has to feel like home. It has to make me feel comfortable. It has to be a place I can go to and be myself. Thankfully, I have had and still have multiple places that are like that. I have also had places I could not wait to leave. I think that's why leaving places I love is so hard and something I fear so much. I am afraid I'll never get that place "back", for lack of a better term. I guess, I'm trying to say, it's like a piece of me is leaving as well.

These six things are just the start of my fears. Some of these might seem "dumb" or "ridiculous" to you, but for me, it's my life. These are the things that I think about the most. These are the things that feel like a pit in my stomach. These six things are parts of my life that mean a lot to me.

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An Open Letter to Soda

You're both good and bad, but you never fail to satisfy me.


Dear soda,

How do I even begin to describe my connection to you? I have shared countless moments with you that we're both my best and my worst. Above all, you fill me up better than water, milk and juice ever do. And even though you're as equally unhealthy as alcohol is (no offense), you're always the safer, if not the most refreshing choice. But even so, you give me more calories than I want in one meal, although burning off that kind of energy is second nature to me.

Before I lavish you with compliments and thank you for cooling me down on hot summer days, it's time to get the unpalatable truth about you and nutrition, soda. You're a primary reason why I'm not in the best shape of my life. Every time I try to have that extra little bit of muscle, you end up setting me back. It's so easy for me to crave for you, because of how delicious you are, and the sugar high you give me is absolutely amazing compared to what I get eating candy and all those other sweets.

I know it's really puzzling for a writer like me to be writing an open letter to a beverage, but you're actually a pretty big part of my life. Why? Because you don't just quench my thirst on hot days, or affect my upset stomach for better or worse, you give me just a smidgen more energy than coffee and tea do. The caffeine in you isn't good for me in the long run, but I need it on a regular basis so I don't zone out during my classes. Honestly, without you, I don't feel as uninhibited as I like to be.

What I love the most about you is that you come in numerous flavors, and even though it's scientifically proven to be ineffective and also tastes worse than gruel, you come in diet form. In every restaurant and cafeteria, you get your own fountain, and students like myself prefer to go there instead of the coffee machines. The hiss of fizz when I open you up makes my mouth water, chills go up my spine and I never resist that first taste of your sugary carbon. Out of all the flavors you offer, I love root beer, cream soda, grape, orange, ginger ale and Dr. Pepper the most. The possibilities with you are so endless.

Soda, the best thing you've ever done for is satisfy me when I didn't feel satisfied.

From one of your many friends,

Konner Donté Watson

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