This is one thing that’s been on my mind for quite some time. I sat down to write about it today and realised that Julie’s latest post, as well as one published quite some time ago, deal with precisely this. I vaguely remember saying something about Julie reading my mind. This time the coincidence is quite freaky. She conveys, more eloquently than I can ever hope to do, why being single is such a desirable thing. She quotes this from Bridget Jones’ Diary.

“When someone leaves you, apart from missing them, apart from the fact that the whole little world you’ve created together collapses, and that everything you see or do reminds you of them, the worst is the thought that they tried you out and, in the end, the whole sum of parts which adds up to you got stamped REJECT by the one you love.”

Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’ Diary, p. 193 (Picador, 2001)

Now, I haven’t read the book and have no idea what it talks about. I know it’s one of those books I must read, but somehow never got around to doing so. But the quote…it strikes you hard. Causes a flash of pain, origins unknown, and makes you wish you didn’t have to rely on someone else to give you that elusive happiness. I don’t know what or who I am waiting for. Sometimes, I wonder why exactly we need another person to make us happy when, as Julie says, we have the tools to do it ourselves. But then again, unlike Julie, I am not quite a hedonist. I like people. I need people around me. Being alone and being lonely make me crabby and irritated. I have grown up alone, despite having lived in a joint family. I would hate to remain that way all my life. Ok…wait! I am getting ahead of myself.

I honestly don’t know if I have it in me to be happy on my own. But, I am trying. Happiness after all, is a state of mind. The less dependent we are on others, emotionally and otherwise, the better are our chances of being happy. So, while I might not succeed in this endeavour, I am going to try: to seek and find happiness in me rather than looking to someone else to give it to me.

Being single…

4 thoughts on “Being single…

  • December 5, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    nice post…i totally agree that one shud not be dependent on someone else for happiness…it all comes from within…ones attitude towards anything makes them happy or sad or whatever and thus, there is not much need for another person to influence it….

    but then, the companionship is something everyone looks forward to be able to share the happiness with someone…

    anyway, i wish you the best in your endeavor.

    Thanks! 🙂

  • December 5, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    nice blog…
    “The less dependent we are on others, emotionally and otherwise, the better are our chances of being happy” is absolutely true…

  • December 10, 2009 at 8:11 am

    It would be great if we did not need others to be happy… not easy. But one could make sure one has interests that occupy us enough not to become totally dependent. I feel having something like a blog, a love of books, some sport, some hobby, some skill – all are extremely important in making us feel good about ourselves and also in making us more interesting to talk to or to spend time with.

    Absolutely true! But, sometimes we all crave for that human contact. No amount of virtual contact over blogs and the like help. That said, it’s upto us to try!

  • December 11, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I liked Bridget Jones Diary a lot!! “The less dependent we are on others, emotionally and otherwise, the better are our chances of being happy” Very true!! Hard to do but yes, it is better.


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