Most eye-opening of all? The advice women in their 50s and 60s would give to their younger selves: Stop putting so much pressure on yourself and never settle.
I am currently single by choice. I broke up with my long-term boyfriend about six years ago, after my father passed away. I knew he would make a great boyfriend for someone, just not me.
Six years later, I feel like an entirely different person. I do love it. I learned how strong I could be when I moved across the country with my dog for a new job and had to rely solely on myself.
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Being single has taught me to love my quirks because my quirks are my strengths. I did, I was just afraid to admit it. It has never been socially acceptable to be a single woman in your 30s.
You are strong and you are enough. You have to embrace what you really want in life and learn to love yourself first.
You have what it takes to make it on your own. I get lonely sometimes and occasionally miss having someone in my life.
But overall I enjoy doing my own thing, sleeping alone and being by myself. I stayed in an abusive relationship for five years in my 20s, so I know about being comfortable but miserable and scared to be alone.
I would tell my younger self that the opinions of others are not important. The most important relationship in my life is with myself.
That is a tough question. For the most part, I love it. Now I know life can be just as fulfilling without a partner. I recently decided to call off my wedding and end my relationship with my boyfriend of seven years. But, I think after a long time with someone, you start to feel a sense of comfort and security in the relationship. I dreaded being single years ago. Love yourself harder than anyone else.
Let things evolve naturally rather than trying to muscle your way into making everything you want to happen happen. Eighty percent of the time, I feel fine about it. The other 20 percent of the time, the weekend is approaching and I wish I had a partner to go get brunch with on Saturday morning.
When I was younger, I put more of an emphasis on trying to find romantic partners. This was back in middle and high school, when I was less confident in myself.
Then college hit and I slowly became more confident and more in touch with who I am and who I want to be. But being dumped actually broke me of my fear of being alone. I would rather be alone than in a relationship with no shared goals.
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What would you tell your younger self? Lori, 45, Wichita, Kansas.