When you’re single, there are certain things you miss about having a significant other. Sure, the love, companionship, and steady sex all play a factor. But often, it’s the little things that you actually miss the most.
Here are ten, random, little things we miss about being in a relationship when we’re (mostly happily!) single.
An oft-overlooked perk of being part of a couple is the ability to actively engage in couple gossip. Every couple has a favorite target, whether it’s that sad single friend you both know and whose dating life you live vicariously through, or that other couple that is clearly not as meant to be together as you two are. It’s like gossiping with your best friend, but better, because you can do it in bed!
When I mentally calculate how much some of my coupled friends are individually paying in rent, I want to kill them.
So this one only makes sense for girls and gay couples, but, while relationships may not last a lifetime, sweatshirts and t-shirts are forever.
You know who cares about what your co-worker said to your other co-worker at work today, and how your boss responded, and how the VP had to intervene? Your parents. You know who else does? Absolutely no one. But your partner will either genuinely care, or sweetly feign interest!
It’s such a pain to get an invite to something, and then have to think about who you’re going to take with you, and whether they’re available, and who’s your backup, and maybe it would be fine if you just went stag, etc etc etc.
Or to leave early, etc. Infuriates us when our couple FRIENDS do it, but handy when you’re in a position to take advantage of it.
You can get sex pretty easily when you aren’t paired up. But other forms of human affection (hugs, cuddles, spooning) are harder to come by, and sorely missed once they’re gone.
For a completely mysterious reason, staying on the couch, eating take-out, and watching Seinfeld re-runs is lame when you’re alone, but “a cozy night in” when you’re with someone.
Important when you have roommates, bedbugs, crappy internet in your apartment. (Obviously, this doesn’t apply in all situations — see #2 up above — but come on, you paired-off people can’t have everything.)
Not sexual favors (though those are nice, of course). The kind of favor that you will ask a friend in a pinch, but you hating even asking, and you’ll totally owe them. Such as: Feeding the cat, pick up your dad from the airport, FedEx your ID when you forget it on a business trip, look up directions on the computer when you’re lost, etc.
If you’re single, what are the random things you miss most about being paired up? And if you’re in a relationship, what perks have we left out?