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www.flipmagazine.netFebruary2016 23 try to exist with another person. It dawned on me that I had lost a lot of the unique single example of myself and in doing so I had lost the ability to be happy with myself- to be ok being with the single-ness of me. I made a list of all the things that make me happy things I wanted to do outside of and separate from my relationship. Not out of anger or spite towards my boyfriend but out of the need to retain who I am. Ive started to tackle each of those items on my list one by one and each time I knock something off I feel lighter more centered. Im satisfied in a deeper way than any other person could make me. So thats my secret for how to be ok being single- never wear it as a badge of shame but rather claim it for yourself with pride. Dont think of being single as a thing to end but rather a thing to continue being always. A relationship isnt the end goal another person isnt what you need to go after. You in all your unique sole single example of yourself are the one whos going to be there every day for the rest of your life. If you can embrace THAT person everything else will fall into place. Keep seeking yourself out discovering yourself can be the great romance. Lets put away the negativity that gets tacked onto the word single for what is it really A word. An empty word that looks to us to fill it to give it meaning and that meaning is what defines it. After all would a rose by any other name smell as sweet i