While being a single woman over 50 definitely has its fair share of frustration and sadness, it also comes with great liberation and joy. We’ve put up with a lifetime of betrayal, abuse, people-pleasing and disrespect. Many of us reach 50, suddenly become divorced, and find this newfound freedom. Parts of being single over 50 can be lonely, but the other parts? Here are 15 things women over 50 love about being single.
We Don’t Have to Answer to Anyone Anymore
We can now do what we want, when we want, as often as we want, and for as long as we want. Or if we don’t want to do something, we just don’t do it. We are in control of our lives now, and we don’t have to ask for permission to do anything. We just do it. Or not.
We Don’t Have to Cook if We Don’t Feel Like It
Cereal for dinner? Why not. Take out? Sure. Skip dinner altogether and just have cookies and milk? Yes, please. We no longer have the stress of what the heck to cook for dinner or if my partner will like it or be in the mood for it. The kitchen suddenly becomes a free-for-all for you!
We Have the Whole Bed to Ourselves
Rejoice! The blankets are all mine, the bed is all mine. No one beside us snoring or waking us in the middle of the night yelling at us because we have all the blankets. The whole bed is yours, babe! Such bliss.
We Don’t Have to Compromise
We do things our way now, with no compromising involved. We don’t have to say yes to things we no longer want to do. No putting up with, “well, last week we did what you wanted and now it’s my turn”—no more. We don’t have to compromise on purchases or activities, meal planning, or restaurants. Nudda.
No More Uncomfortable Family Dinners
Say goodbye to the soul-sucking toxic inlaws and those uncomfortable Sunday/holiday dinners. We no longer have to put up with your judgemental mother, cranky father, or narcissistic sister. Sundays are our days now. Fruit Loops for dinner, please!
We Can Decorate the House the Way We Want
Want a pink bathroom? Do it. Feel like painting a huge mural of a cat on the living room wall? Do that, too. Hate that ugly brown couch passed on by your ex’s grandmother? Toss it. You decorate that house any way you want now.
We Can Move Wherever We Want To
Feeling like moving to China? Pack your bags. Hate your neighborhood and want to move to the country? Go do that. You can choose where you want to live and leave the place you are living now that no longer, or probably never did, bring you joy. Start packing, girl.
We Don’t Have to Put Up With Your Obnoxious Friends
No more drunk Jerry’s or politically angered Henry’s. We don’t have to endure hours of droll conversations with all your boring, toxic friends anymore. Our evenings and weekends are free and clear now of obnoxious drunks popping over uninvited and staying for hours.
We Can Spend Our Money However We Want
We can buy those shoes, that dress, heck, why not even that car, if we want. We can spend our money the way we want on things we want and not have to answer to anyone about where all the money went. It went on me!! No more financial abuse or stress. If we want to put $5 or $5000 in savings for a trip, we can do that.
We Can Pack Up and Go On Vacation Whenever We Feel Like It
Whether it’s a road trip or a solo adventure to the other side of the planet, we can just up and go. We don’t have to ask for permission anymore to do these things. Feel like taking a cruise on an adults-only ship? Do it. You’re free now!
No More Ridiculous Arguments
It’s nice and quiet in the house now. There are no more arguments or random fights over frivolous things. It’s peaceful and calm. We don’t have to walk on eggshells wondering when the next fight is going to erupt.
House is Dirty? Too Bad
There are dishes in the sink and hair in the tub. Too bad. The floors could be swept, and the bed isn’t made yet. Too bad. We don’t have to clean the house if we don’t want to. We’ll clean it when we feel like it, not because you expect us to. We don’t care if the house is a mess. We’re happy, and that’s all that matters right now.
We Do This Thing Called ‘Whatever I Want’
We can do whatever we want, whenever we want, because we can. We wear what we want, do our hair and makeup the way we want, dance on the street naked if we feel like it (ok, maybe don’t do that), and eat when and what we want. It’s all about us now.
My Friends Can Come Over Whenever They Want
My friends can come and go as they please. They can get drunk and sleep on the couch or just hang out for a day or a week. They don’t have to worry about upsetting you anymore. Mi casa es su casa. They can call any time, day or night. And I can go out with them whenever the heck I please!
We Can Just Lay in Bed and Do Nothing All Day
If we don’t feel like doing anything like getting dressed, showering, socializing, cooking meals, etc. we don’t have to. If we want to spend the entire day in bed watching Vikings on Netflix and eating cookies, we can. Such freedom.
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