Let's get ready to
rumble see a bunch of people who were all about #TeamSingle until summer came to an end.
It's Cuffing Season, my friend, and if you're confused as to what that is exactly, I will kindly explain (with the help of Urban Dictionary).
Don't be surprised if you begin to see a bunch of people who used to party every weekend over the summer and flirt with everyone and anyone that crossed their path (yeah, that includes you, Tiger) suddenly fill their Instagram/Twitter/Facebook feed with photos of their new "boyf" or "the lady."
I get it. It's going to get colder (unless you currently reside in Southern California, where it's hot as shit), so instead of going out all the time, you wanna snuggle with someone and watch movies, take naps, do the no-pants dance, so and so forth.
And ladies, let's not forget the holidays. A few months of constant depression and reminder that you are alone, if in fact, you are alone. No one to match costumes with on Halloween. No one to buy cute Christmas gifts for. No one to get romantic with for Valentine's Day.
Although technically, guys say Cuffing Season starts on Labor Day and ends right before Thanksgiving. How convenient for them.
Now, this is where I get all The-Problem-With-Dating on you and say don't get into a relationship just for the sake of being in a relationship. What a waste of time, energy and emotion, right?! Exactly.
Don't get me wrong. I'm human, I get sad during this time, too. The gloomy weather already gets me down (I live in the Sunshine State for a reason), and suddenly the bed that I was so excited to have all to myself morphs into a cold and desolate reminder of my nonexistent love life. Additionally, my birthday falls right in the middle of all this madness. As the world celebrates New Year's Day, I celebrate turning a year older. Alone.
...Give me a second...OK, pity party is over.
However, if you're going to go against the grain and attempt to brave Cuffing Season solo, here are some tips:
1. Don't Put Your Social Life on Hiatus: Yeah, it's cold out now, but don't be a little bitch about it. Just put a scarf and jacket on and go out with your friends. Bars and dance clubs aren't closed, so why should you close yourself off to having the same fun you had before?
2. Pick Up a Hobby: There are plenty of things you can do indoors, too. Make a list of books you want to read or movies you've been dying to watch. Knock out that must-see TV shows list you've been ignoring. Get in touch with your artsy side and be creative!
3. Hang Out With the Family: Unless, of course, they just hound you on why you haven't settled down.
4. Hang Out With Your Roommate: Unless, of course, they're in a serious, PDA-packed relationship. And if that's the case, I'm sorry.
5. Fake It 'Til You Make It: Buy this pillow and fuck whoever judges you for it.