‘It means I can be spon­ta­neous’

Woman (UK) - - Beauty -

Jes­sica Bateman, 30, is from Lon­don. There’s noth­ing I love more than wak­ing up on a Satur­day morn­ing with no idea what I’m go­ing to do for the rest of the day. Be­ing sin­gle means I can be spon­ta­neous and it’s a feel­ing I rel­ish.

From my teens to my mid-twen­ties, I was in and out of re­la­tion­ships. Then, in the sum­mer of 2013, I de­cided I was fed up of hav­ing to con­sider a part­ner when it came to mak­ing work and life de­ci­sions.

It had been my child­hood dream to live in dif­fer­ent coun­tries and, as a free­lance jour­nal­ist, I had the free­dom to do just that.

I scrolled through a list of des­ti­na­tions be­fore land­ing on Berlin. A month later, af­ter say­ing good­bye to my fam­ily and friends, I left Lon­don and got on a plane.

In­stead of feel­ing ner­vous about be­ing in a new coun­try on my own, I loved it. Mak­ing friends with both lo­cals and other trav­ellers in bars and cafes, it soon felt like home. A few months later, af­ter a quick trip back to Lon­don, I was look­ing at the map again. Book­ing a one-way flight to Athens, I re­mem­ber think­ing it wouldn’t have been so sim­ple had I been in a re­la­tion­ship.

Of course, now I’ve reached my 30s, most of my friends back home are set­tling down, get­ting mar­ried and hav­ing ba­bies. I’m thrilled for them, but it’s just not for me – at least not for a long while.

‘It’s a feel­ing I rel­ish’

Jes­sica loves the free­dom of sin­gle life

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