At the beginning of the summer, I was a newly single university graduate and like many other graduates, I felt that after four years of drinking and making questionable decisions, I deserved to drink and make more questionable decisions on a three-month backpacking trip to Europe. During my time abroad, I split my time between traveling with friends, family, and by myself. The month that I was by myself, I was bombarded with other travelers asking me, “Don’t you get lonely?” However, from my observations – and I may be totally wrong – I did not see solo male travelers being asked the same question. I do know they were never asked if they felt unsafe, which I was asked multiple times a day. I’ve come to a rather unsettling conclusion on this;
women are taught to never be alone.
From children watching princes save the helpless princesses in Disney movies, to having earlier curfews than your brothers because it’s dangerous for a woman to be out at night. For centuries, women were taught how to depend on men for money, safety and family. A single man is called a bachelor who is often perceived as handsome, rich and independent – hence, ‘Bachelor Pad’, but unless you’re Kaitlyn Bristowe on ABC’s Bachelorette, it is never perceived as a positive thing to be a single woman. I realized on my trip that the questions asked to solo female travelers were all too similar to questions that are asked to single women on an everyday basis. Well, here I am as a solo female traveller and single woman to tell you loud and clear that I am not lonely.
- Just because I’ve watched Love Actually a million times and still cry does not mean I’m lonely, it means Colin Firth is romantic as fuck.
- Just because I sent you 50 texts last night does not mean I’m lonely, it means that I had one too many Jägerbombs and you should be flattered that I was thinking of you.
- Just because I had a one night stand with that hot bearded dude does not mean I’m lonely, it means I like beards and I’m horny.
- Just because I swiped right to you on Tinder does not mean I’m lonely, it means I just finished binge watching the third season of OITNB on Netflix and I have nothing better to do.
- Just because I am out drinking with my girlfriends does not mean I’m lonely, it means it’s girls’ night and I want to go out and shake my ass because I know I look good on the dance floor.
- Just because I ate an extra-large meat lovers pizza from Pizza Hut and 1 pound of honey garlic wings in one sitting does not mean I’m lonely, it means I’m hungry and possibly high (most likely high).
- Just because I uploaded a selfie on Instagram where my tits look miraculous does not mean I’m lonely, it means I want to beat my record of 155 likes on one picture.
- Just because I do fall for you after just meeting you does not mean I’m lonely, I just suck walking in heels.
- Just because I like every single one of your profile pictures seven minutes after you accept my friend request does not mean I’m lonely, it means you’re hot so accept the f*cking compliment.
- Just because I go to the movies alone does not mean I’m lonely, it means I can only ask my Grandma so many times to see Straight Outta Compton.
After three failed relationships in the span of four years, I finally have the opportunity to appreciate what it truly means to be independent. And although I may do things that make me appear lonely, I feel more confident now than I ever did in my past relationships because I don’t have someone constantly telling me that I need them. I don’t need anybody, it’s just nice having you around. So in case you were wondering – no, I’m not lonely.
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