Why do we need National Singles Week? We probably don’t really need it, but I must admit that I really like that it’s become a “thing”. The proper name is National Single and Unmarried Americans Week, which is a little bit of a mouthful, so I hope I don’t offend by shortening it.
National Singles Week is celebrated this year, September 15 – 21, 2013 and was started in the 1980s (!) by the Ohio Buckeye Singles Council.
It’s purpose is to celebrate single life and recognize singles and their contributions to society. And I like it because it’s another opportunity to shine a spotlight on this demographic trend of the growing number of singles in America (and around the world). Regardless of the reason for this growth in the number of singles, the reality is that there are a lot of us and we deserve a voice and we deserve the benefit of the doubt…in that “we’re fine”. There’s not (necessarily) anything wrong with us, we’re not (necessarily) crazy…or pathetic…or immature…or angry. We don’t hate the opposite sex, and we’re good people. And I say “necessarily” in the previous sentences because I want to make the point that we’re not necessarily different from marrieds. Some of them are crazy and pathetic and immature and angry, too, ya know. But most of them are fine, too. They’re just fine and so are we.
Anyway, I’m doing my part to bring attention to National Singles Week next week. On Tuesday, September 17, from 6-8pm, I’m hosting an event at Sisters Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center. I’ll be joined by Yolanda Shoshana –courtesan extraordinaire– and poet Ainsley Burrows, and it’s going to be fun! If you’re in the NY/NJ area, I hope you can join us.
Natonal Singles Week isn’t about telling people how to live their lives, it’s really about learning to love the life you have. Cheers to all of us!