Have you seen those silly little Funko Pop! figurines?
Big eyes, giant head, crazy amount of detail for a little figurine. They really are ridiculous. The only thing more ridiculous? My recently discovered love of them. It could be argued that there’s no point in owning one, and I’ll be glad to listen to your argument if you don’t mind my staring at my Legolas figure while you do.
The point is, if I was married and had a kid or two, I couldn’t “waste” money on these adorable pieces of plastic. I couldn’t be siting here trying to figure out how best to arrange them on my empty shelf in my bedroom.
There are so many things I am free to do because I’m single. I can watch an episode of my favorite tv show for the eighth time and not have to worry about getting asked, “Haven’t you seen this before? Why can’t we watch something less British?” I can add to my movie collection whenever I want.
It’s pleasant being single. There’s quite a bit of freedom and minimal amount of compromising that needs to take place. I can work a job I love, one with bizarre hours and not worry about how it’s going to affect (or is it effect? I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get this grammatical rule down) my relationship with my significant other.
Even though I have all this going for me, there are still times where my heart yearns to be with someone else. Not for there to be grand romantic gestures (although, they certainly would be appreciated), but for someone to be partners with in order to fight through the battle known as life.
Y’know, I’ve read multiple books on the subject of being single, and had chats with fellow singletons and even with some marrieds regarding being single. I’ve heard all “logical” reasons for being single. I’ve been given most of the pat answers offered in the following video:
And, you know what? Tonight, I was at home, reading a fluffly little book, and suddenly I was overwhelmed to the point of tears with feelings of loneliness. There wasn’t any logical explanation for it, but I’ll tell you this. As I was sobbing, I was reminded of this scene from Kung Fu Panda
There is no secret ingredient. There is no one magical mystical answer to this whole singleness thing. Just because Person A needed to learn to be content being single doesn’t mean that’s why Person B is single. Maybe Person B is single because they need to learn to be more willing to make good compromises. Maybe Person C is single because they’ll never finish their education if they get distracted with a romance. Every person is different, and we all have different life lessons to learn. The best thing we can do is stick it out, cry if necessary, do things for others, and not lock our hearts away (no matter how much we may get hurt).
And, if all else fails, you can join me in creating a silly collection of vinyl figurines.
My mom once said to me, “Maybe God wants you all to Himself.” I’m kind of fond of that idea. (Doesn’t do anything for the moments of crippling loneliness, though.)
We need to flip some of the things we say about singles:
– Maybe Person A is married because marriage would teach her to be less selfish.
– Maybe Person B is married because she wouldn’t survive if she faced life alone.
– Maybe Person C is married because she would never fulfill her potential without a spouse.
Paul viewed singleness and marriage as being equally worthwhile. Everyone learns differently, everyone’s lives are different, everyone has a different path to take. When a thing is neither good nor bad in and of itself, it may save one person, yet condemn another. Marital status qualifies.