Being single isn’t a disease, It’s an opportunity for you to grow, learn, and experience life in a way that you won’t be able to when you are married. Here are 5 things to do while you’re single:

1. Become firm in your faith.

Build your faith on a foundation that cannot be shaken, no matter whom you encounter. This will not only bring you peace during your season of singleness, but will also help you in your journey of finding the person you plan on being with for the rest of your life. Don’t let your beliefs change depending on whom you’re trying to impress. This tactic will always come around to hurt you in the long run. Find someone who compliments your devotion to God.

2. Get grounded in your personal identity.

Know who you are before trying to explain it to someone else. Be confident in your purpose, your body, your identity, and your life choices. Relationships will not fix your identity problems, but they can be an a great addition to who you are as a person.

3. Focus on school, or starting your career.

You have a lot of time on your hands. Instead of spending it wallowing in your singleness, go make something of yourself. You are worth more than what sitting on a couch waiting for your significant other makes you out to be. Step out into the world and take maturity by the horns. Start building your future instead of simply dreaming about it.

4. Learn to be independent until needed otherwise.

There is nothing wrong with aspiring to be a stay at home mother, or even being a man who works from home. But until either of these opportunities come into play, you need to make sure you are doing everything possible to provide for yourself, your future family, and your future aspirations. Don’t live day-to-day. Plan for the future, be a good steward of what you have, and look forward to the possibilities. You owe it to yourself to mature in all aspects of your life.

5. Stop dating people you know aren’t right for you.

While you’re single, stay away from mindless dating experiences. If you’re not dating with intention, it will always end up in destruction. If you know someone isn’t your type, don’t give them the time of day. All you are going to do is hurt them and bring yourself confusion. Stop dating the wrong people and start focusing on becoming the person God has called you to be.