Jane Mathews has been single for eight years.
"Everyone sees it as a temporary thing, like I'm in some sort of a holding pattern on my way to the sunny heights of coupledom," she said.
But for Jane, 57, coupledom is not the end goal.
"I'm getting happier and happier living alone. And the longer I do it, the more self-sufficient I become," she said.
Jane is among a growing number of Australian women choosing to be alone or finding themselves without a partner later in life. In Australia, one in four women between the ages of 35 and 65 is single.