Ever since I moved into a hostel for my college, I dreamed of living alone. The reason was to feel freedom. I had quite a lot of it in the hostel but still wanted to experience living by myself and taking care of myself. Luck favoured me and by the time I was in my 4th year of college, I was living alone in an apartment.
It has been two years now and I absolutely love living alone. It is an amazing and empowering experience. Everyone should experience living alone at least once in their life. Why do you ask?
Reasons why you should try living alone at least one:
1. Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!
From when you wake or sleep to what you wear, there is complete freedom when you live alone. You don’t have to worry about disturbing anyone or others disturbing you. For a person like me who usually has a lot to do, having to adjust your schedule for others can be a pain. But you don’t have to do that when you are alone.
2. You learn to appreciate your alone time
There is a lot of fun hanging out with people. I am not denying that. However, it is in your alone time that you can focus on important things like your goals and personal growth. Spending time freely on self-care and some peaceful book-time or whatever you want are blessings that come with living alone.
3. Financial awareness
I was never much into finances. However, living alone has taught me a lot in this area. You will learn to manage your bills and understand the value of money when you have to take care of it. You will even start advocated for the conservation of energy when someone forgets to switch off things.
4. You will start becoming a tidier person
When I was living with my parents, I would not mind much bringing my friends to a dirty home. My mother would if I wasn’t ashamed of it. Well, I was not back then. But now if you tell someone in coming to my home the next day, I will dedicate half a day cleaning an already clean apartment. Why? Because I feel like the place I live in is a representation of me.
5. Cooking becomes a fun experiment
When you don’t have the responsibility for another person’s life, cooking does not feel like an annoying duty. Rather it becomes a fun experiment. With no pressure from anyone judging your cooking, you will learn it much easier. I have done some crazy experiments which have turned out really good and some I just laughed my head off for.
6. New ways to have fun
Living alone, you will learn to savour small things and a slow lifestyle. No longer outing with friends and fancy food will be your only way to have fun. You will learn new ways like having a karaoke night alone, trying to grow plants, or cooking crazy stuff. I have gotten into audiobooks which are amazing when you do menial jobs around the home.
7. You become your own motivator
With no one to pick you up when you down or to hold you accountable, things will be difficult at first. Then slowly things will change. You will start motivating yourself to get things done and to even push beyond what is necessary. I will admit that I was a bit of a fusser before when I had my people around and always depended on them to make me feel better. No more!
8. The realisation that you don’t always need a company
I have come across so many people who cannot imagine being without a company. They have to have people around for everything. From experience, I know that it is very bad. It is liberating to feel content with your own company. It gives a boost of self-confidence.
It was while living alone that I chanced upon my interest to write. Since I had plenty of time for myself, I started exploring various hobbies and tried making money online and found myself falling in love with writing. Who knows? Maybe you would find your hidden passions and talents by living alone too!
Would you try living alone at least once in your life? If not, what is stopping you from doing so? Do let me know in the comments!