1. I’m not answering to anybody. Not anymore.
  2. I’m tired of jealous and insecure types who are threatened by every little thing you do. Maybe it’s just me; maybe I wasn’t lucky enough when it comes to relationships and dating, but no more, thank you.
  3. You don’t get to call me to check up on me to make sure I’m where I told you I’d be. You never had any reason not to trust me and yet, you never did. I don’t need that.
  4. Honestly, now I don’t even have the time for a relationship. I’m not harsh nor cold. It’s just that I don’t want to string anyone along if I can’t hold up my part of the deal. Relationships are hard work, and right now I don’t have the time.
  5. It’s a conscious choice I made, and I’m not regretting it, not even for a second. I’m not single because I can’t get a boyfriend. I’m single because I want to be.
  6. All my time and my love will go to a person who’ll say: “I love you so much” and mean it. Yes, I’m waiting for the right one, and I don’t want to spend all my time and energy on the wrong ones. Screw learning from mistakes and getting over a heartbreak—once again, I don’t need that.
  7. Being scared of commitment is not it. I’m totally down for commitment. Heck, I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to swearing to give my life solely to that one person, to sleep by their side for the rest of my life.
  8. I admit it—I’m a handful, and not everyone is down for this nor can everyone (let’s say) ‘tame’ me. I’m not going to lie—I am a lot of work, but I give a lot in return, too.
  9. I don’t want to get into a relationship just for the sake of being in a relationship.
  10. I’m single because I want to be the only one responsible for my happiness and never be dependent on anyone.
  11. I’m refusing to settle. Therefore, I’m choosing to stay single.
  12. I don’t need anyone telling me something I already know—I’m a great, beautiful, and independent woman.
  13. I want to work on myself before I get into a relationship. Until I’m completely satisfied with myself, I can’t make anyone happy. Truth to be told, I’m not there yet.
  14. I always fall in love with emotionally unavailable men, and it’s time for me to give that a rest. I seriously need to stop and find out what’s wrong with me.
  15. I admit it—I want to be able to trust the man who loves me, but I’m not sure if I would trust him all the way. And I want to trust him, but my past doesn’t allow me to.
  16. Being single, right now, means being free. I need that freedom.
  17. I want to be with a man who is my best friend. Friendship first, relationship second.
  18. I’m not planning on being single for the rest of my life. I’m just saving myself all the trouble, and as it cheesy it may sound, yes, I’m waiting for the right man. I’m waiting for a friend, a lover, and a person I can trust.
  19. I don’t want to date boys. I want to date men.
  20. I’m highly independent, and I need some time alone. Most men don’t get that, and they never let you have some time for yourself. I can love someone, but I won’t let my whole life revolve around that person.
  21. I’ve been in a relationship with myself long before any man came into the picture.
  22. No, I don’t have issues with my self-esteem. That’s not the reason why I’m single.
  23. I want to be in control of my time and my money.
  24. I’m happy the way I am. For now.

By Maria Parker of Her Way