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I was something of a prude when I was younger — by which I mean up to around age 25. I blame being brought up by conservative parents who are more awkward about sex than I ever was.
There's actually nothing wrong with being prudish — everyone is allowed to have just as much or little sex as they want. But I honestly regret not sleeping around more, and I definitely regret not having a one-night stand.
I have only had two sexual partners in my life. My second partner is now my significant other, and we've been together for over seven years. I have absolutely no desire to screw up our relationship by cheating, and we've both agreed that we're monogamous people stricken with a slight bit of jealousy, so no swinging for now.
But if I could go back in time, I think I would like to go to a bar, strike up a flirty conversation with someone, sleep with them, and then never see them again. Not drunk, because there are sexual assault implications there. Just some consenting but completely anonymous sex.
I know, I know, one-night stands are usually awful, with both partners unfamiliar with each other's preferences and usually too afraid to speak up about what they want. Maybe I'm just a victim of one-night stands being romanticized in the media. But an experience is an experience, right?
There's a part of me that wishes I had gotten into a lot more trouble when I was a young adult, looking back now at age 29. I'm glad I remained safe, and I hope any young person who has a one-night stand uses a condom. But take it from somebody who spent their four years in college barely drinking, never partying, and being very responsible:
It's not worth it. You don't have to go wild, but you can take a few risks. I know it can be scary — the world seems like a frightening place right now. But you can be careful and have fun. You can take someone to your place. Or, if you're not into that, at least vandalize something. Just have some fun. For me.
You won't regret it.