Life

The Gift of Singleness

Have you heard of a woman who decided to marry herself upon reaching a certain age? The thorn of societal stigma that dictates the right age to settle down broke her faith about finding the right one.

First of all, we have to recognize the fact that there are still singles who hope to get married. However, they have been circumscribed by limited opportunities, personal choices and differing circumstances. Conventionally, singlehood is viewed by most people as a lonely stage. Without spouse or children, life can be lonely. Also society tends to treat single person as second-class citizen. Well, what they don’t realize is the fact that singles have friends – a valuable circle of friends. The desire for companionship is a universal need etched in everyone’s heart. Social interaction enhances self-esteem, therefore singles do not mind being one.

While God gives to some the gift of marriage, to some he bestows the gift of singleness. Along with such gift are other blessings too. A single person is not required to divide his/her time with wife/husband. Likewise, he/she has no responsibility to share the management of money with a spouse. Then, there is the freedom -freedom of movement, freedom to fulfill one’s personal priorities. A single person does not need any permission to travel, to hang out with friends and to go home late at night. Freedom is a guarantee.

It is true that marriage can be a contributing factor to one’s happiness but, it is not the key to happiness. In fact, some of the unhappiest people on earth are trapped in a harmful marriage. Isn’t it better to be single than to be married and miserable? It is also good to note that singles are not inferior to married persons. One’s worth is not gauged in marriage. History speaks of single people who recognized their worth and value to society. Isaac Newton, the proponent of the “Law of Gravity”; Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing; the nuns and priests who chose to serve God are just some of the singles who gave a rich blessing to the world.

When you look in the mirror, you should feel good about yourself because God thinks highly of you regardless of who you are. Singlehood offers blessings, dear. If you happen to belong in this stage, then start counting your blessings.

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