***This entire post is a petty party, so if this is not your thing please scroll on by to the next post for your inspirational message fix.***
While I am not a big jewelry person I do love the occasional ring. Unfortunately, all of the rings I own are either linked to a relationship or look too relationship-y for me to wear without getting the usual run of intrusive questions. So to treat myself after a particularly rough semester I searched for a good right-hand ring.
This is one of the first things I stumbled upon.
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While I’ve written of the pressures to always look “happily single” before, this particular piece of un-married-un-parent life irks me.
I just want my own shit.
I’m tired of being marketed to as an alternative to a “normal” life. It annoys me that mass marketing packages living unmarried or childless as some sort of consolation prize to find the upside in. I want to set every list of “why being single is awesome” on fire. I do not need to counter every parent appreciation hashtag with a childless version, or every engagement photo with the patriarchal downsides of marriage. I have no interest in living life as a half of a sandwich.
My life is my choice, not an accidental crisis.
One of the things I appreciated about being in a relationship was it took a lot of pressure off me to fit everyone in for the holidays. Because it was assumed I was starting my own family, I was given freedom to start my own traditions. It was the one thing I chose to take with me back into unpartnered life as a hard line item. Why should I only be allowed to have a ritual or tradition of my choosing when I had a husband to share it with?
I want my own shit.
I just don’t want it to be the poor man’s version of a couple’s tradition.