When the World Cup strikes: Sports widows, tis the season to be jolly!
Cricket World Cup 2019 is your chance to get a taste of singledom for a month and do all your favourite things without worrying about a plus-one.
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'Sports widowhood' is not what it is cracked up to be. It is not the one and a half days of lonely boredom.
Au contraire, actually.
Committed, married or just dating, there comes a time, once or twice a year, when your significant other either spends tonnes of money to travel to a different continent to support his or her sports team or does the same in front of the television at home, spending instead on the umpteen competitions that promise to send him/her to a different continent to support his or her sports team.
No, cricket has not replaced you — it has given you a new lease of life. (Photo: PTI)
And tis the season to be jolly, again.
If you disagree, let me remind you of the empty roads sans traffic on July 16 when India played Pakistan — though the long lines at the liquor shops and subsequent crackers display at night were a tad annoying, you get the drift. World Cup 2019 is here and for 45 days, you have all the freedom you need to reclaim your life. Discover new places, form new habits and, in general, have a brief brush with singlehood.
We all know that relationships are about compromise and it is often easy to lose yourself or just get used to the feeling of dining, partying or even travelling with a plus one — but the sports widowhood season changes all that and helps you find the spark that you may have lost along the way by becoming an extension of each other. Think of it as a relationship facelift.
If you can't beat them, join 'em — if you can't join 'em, don't worry about it. (Photo: PTI)
After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder and you can appreciate the moments you actually spend together. Moreover, from little things, such as going to your favourite coffee place that your partner is not particularly fond of to indulging in no-phone, no-human contact Vipassana (or massage) sessions, the sky is your limit.
So, are you sold on being a sports widow? Well, let me play my last ace — your SO's credit card lies unattended and they are too busy cheering for their sports team to check mobile notifications... go ahead, you've earned this splurge. Thank us later!