the wise

But in a world that treats a forty-one-year-old single woman like a teenager who didn’t get asked to the prom, I think it’s extremely important to recognize the unique wisdom of a solitary life– a wisdom that develops slowly over many years, that is fundamentally different from that of, say, the person who was between boyfriends for a year when she was twenty-six.

When you’re experiencing that year-in, year-out challenge of being on your own, it’s easy to ask the question “What does everyone else know that I don’t?” I suggest you flip that around.

— Sara Eckel, It’s Not You: 27 (Wrong) Reasons You’re Single, pp. 150-151