As an adult, I’m forced to make the hard decisions.
Have you seen the movie Sliding Doors, starring Gwenyth Paltrow? In the film, Gwenyth Paltrow’s character is trying to catch a train. The movie splits in two—in one future she catches the train and in the other she misses it. Her life goes in a completely different direction based on if she gets on the train or doesn’t.
Those of us who’ve bypassed the exits for marriage and children tend to motor through our thirties like unlicensed drivers, unauthorized grown-ups. Some days it’s great–you’re a badass outlaw on the joyride that is life! Other days you’re an overgrown adolescent borrowing your dad’s car and hoping the cops don’t pull you over. – Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick
Does single = spinster?
I’m not the only one in my family who is single/who never married. Along with my brother, one of my aunts, one of my female cousins, and my favourite uncle are also unmarried. I’m lucky in that no one in my family has ever commented on this in a negative way.
I built, then, my own kingdom according to my own laws, and when the sun beat down, it beat down only on me, and when my feet acclimated to the freezing water, it was my resilience that made this so. My experience of being alone was total. – Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own by Kate Bolick
I’m not going to pretend that there aren’t negative aspects of both living alone and not having a partner. For instance:
On my days off, if I don’t leave the house there’s a good chance that I’ll never speak to or see anyone else
All meals are for one.
I have to cook everything myself.
All observations are internal (unless I’m with a friend).
I have to deal with all the financial decisions.
No one else is going to clean my place or do all the chores.
Loneliness is real.
I only have to think of myself when planning things
I don’t have to drive someone else around
I can eat whatever I want to
Single in Vancouver
As for being single in Vancouver? I can’t comment much on the “dating scene” but I know there are plenty of Meetup groups so that singletons can meet others and go on adventures. I’ve been to a few Meetup group events. I often cancel my plans to hang out by myself, though.
Bolick describes the “spinster wish” as “the extravagant pleasures of simply being by myself.” Are there solitary activities that you love? Are they necessary to your happiness? (taken from the Spinster Kit)