While driving back on the highway from an absolutely emotionally draining weekend away, a Calvin Harris song came on and one of the lyrics kept resonating with me … “freedom is a lonely road”. It resonated with me because of my draining weekend, but also, because I’ve been toying with the idea of which is better, being alone or being with someone. Don’t get me wrong, both have pros and cons, but, at what point do you just throw in the towel? I never advocate giving up, but I certainly always encourage people to try because you really do never know. But back to freedom. By definition it gives the impression of open roads, fresh air and the world being you oyster (so to speak). Life is good when you’re free, but does it have to be lonely? I think, like with everything, it depends on perspective. How so? Well, it really depends on where you’re at in your life and depends on your definition of loneliness. Confused? Let me explain.
Why Freedom Really is a Lonely Road
Can you have your cake and eat it too? Most seem to think so, or at least that’s what they are looking for. Companionship AND freedom. What does that lead to? It leads to lots of people ending up in not so pleasant situations with people who were never really in it to begin with (like relationship teases). How exhausting! But in every experience is a lesson learned, in every experience is a step towards your best life. Freedom, in this instance is a lonely road because if you’re one of those people seeking companionship, you’re left starting over again (and again and again). No wonder so many people give up and just either settle for whatever to stop dating altogether. Which is the better alternative? Neither. Why? Because then you’re letting your bad experiences define you, because you’re letting the last asshole in your life define your path. Don’t give them that much power because they don’t deserve it, it’s yours and yours alone. But what does research say?
Apparently, according to research, 47% of people who are alone are not necessarily content (although they say/think they are). The study went on to say that “the best aspect about living alone could be summed up in one word: freedom … the nature of that freedom depended on individual circumstances but falls into two broad areas – freedom from ‘relationship hassles’, and freedom to ‘please myself ‘ … however, on the emotional side, the lack of someone ‘on tap’ to share things that had happened in their lives was often mentioned, especially by women. Other emotional drawbacks were the fact that it was sometimes difficult to get help and advice when making decisions; the lack of physical contact; or simply the need for some company. All of these could be supplied by a network of friends and non-cohabiting partners. But the fact that they were not always available just when they were needed could be a problem.” So freedom was great but came with its drawbacks as well, some pretty significant ones. So if this research is to be believed, freedom, although quite appealing, is a lonely road for many.
So what to do with all that freedom? Well, remember, single is NOT a bad word and you CAN be happily single. It all depends on what you choose to focus on. What’s important is remember is to not let loneliness cloud your judgement in dating. It can be hard to be alone, but it can also be a time for you to build on yourself, have a full life surround by people and things that make you happy until the RIGHT person comes into your life. Personally, I love my freedom. It’s a very rewarding time in my life, and, whether or not I’m with a partner I will still continue to enjoy my freedom because I truly believe being with the RIGHT partner is actually freeing in and of itself. So if your dating life seems like a constant losing battle and your freedom is a lonely road, chin up, all will be well. Just wait and see. Better to be on that lonely road as a free person than on that lonely road with the wrong partner.
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