My ex and I are awash in a sea of happy couples, dysfunctional but lasting ones, friends having babies, and people getting married for inexplicable reasons. To be quite blunt and short, even though I'm in a relationship, we feel like the only single people standing.
We recently decided to print off shirts that say "Why?" on the front. On that back? "Because I'm unmarried, childless, and I can do whatever the fuck I want." Wordy, but it spells out our topic sentence reaction to just about every fuck-all-that moment we have when we get a glimpse into the opposite life.
As an expansion on that project, I'm thinking about adopting my own hashtag. #becauseican
Watching House, M.D. in my underwear without the shades drawn. #becauseican
Spent eighteen dollars on designer trail mix for my rats. #becauseican
Going without toilet paper because there are wipes left. #becauseican
Spending this month's emergency money on that new restaurant. #becauseican
Bike ride at 2AM. #becauseican
Noticing the theme? Yeah. It's shit I get to do because no one depends on me, my money, my time, my stability, or my maturity but me, with the clear exception of the dogs and the rats, but they don't judge. I think I'm done feeling ashamed of these things. I may not have long left to embrace them. So... fuck it. #becauseican