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Why Arab Ladies Who Stay Single for Large Periods of Time are Happy

Updated 11/1/2019

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I received this blog post from a friend, with the title “Girls who Stay Single for Large Periods of Time End up the Happiest”, I was immediately hooked. When I wanted to check who wrote it, OMG, I found many bloggers and writers have written articles with the same or similar title, I want to share with you why Girls who Stay Single for Large Periods of Time are Happy, but with a twist, I will be talking about girls from Middle Eastern and Arab culture.

They are happy because they have taken all the time they need to grow their perspectives about life and surrounding, despite the nagging of some relatives, mothers, or society in general, in order to get married, where they are continuously reminded how they can’t be whole without tying the knot with someone, and they hear their comments whenever they are invited to a wedding, something like “hopefully soon we will be happy for you too”, or there is a better one “when shall we see you a bride”, which assumes you have a psychic abilities to predict the future.   

Arab single ladies are happy because during this time with themselves they were able to acquire experiences, else would’ve been contained within their marital obligations and duties put upon them by family and society.

Being single allowed them to have more time to, get a job (given the low female employment rate in many Arab countries), earn money, which gives them a huge power to control their existence, by being financially independent. A power even if they get married they will carry and pass to their daughters.

Perhaps little do know how influential single ladies can be, this is the best time to be single in the Arab world, with the ever-economical challenges that are facing the region, being single gives them the opportunity to build and invest for themselves, as in many Arab families in the Middle East, the female or daughters in the family are not obliged to financially contribute to the family’s household, unless she wants to, a custom that was established since she will only inherit half of what her male siblings will inherit from their parents, given this, she will not have to pay rent, nor bills, and if she is lucky, in some countries, if her income falls under a certain category, she does not have to pay taxes. How more awesome it can get.

Single Arab ladies are happy because when they wake up in the morning they have the morning for themselves, they enjoy a cup of coffee, no kids to rush to school, and they don’t have to worry about searching for the right school with the right annual fees to enroll their children in.

They end up happy because when they finally decide to marry someone, their choice can be smarter and less influenced by others. They have life experiences and met people throughout their lives that made them ready to determine what works for them and what does not, and they know the kind of life they want. 

Despite of what I said, I will have disagree with fellow writer from Thought Catalogue, who wrote that single girls don’t mind the idea of not getting married.

Enjoy your single-hood to the max and celebrate it as much as you can, these are good times, and are building stones for happier times to come when you finally decide to be with someone and get married.   

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