The idea of living alone can be a really scary environment if we are unable to see the opportunities and benefits that it can offer.
Solo-habiting your home can seem like a lonely way to live – and sometimes it is – but it comes with a lot of silver linings. It gives you the chance to adopt a lifestyle that is only concerned about taking care of what is best for you. You get to create a space that you feel comfortable in and you don’t have to feel the responsibilities and obligations that come with having roommates or living with family.
Most importantly, it gives you an opportunity to find what brings you joy and the space to do those things without any consideration of what others may think of how you spend your time.
#1. the beauty of personal space
Ahhhh personal space: an introvert’s delight; but also necessary for all of us.
At some point in our day, week, or month we all need a little time to just be with ourselves. While this may seem like the most obvious (and perhaps cliché) benefit of living alone, there’s another element to it that you may not have thought of: the ability to curate a space entirely designed for you.
You have the opportunity – maybe for the first time – to be the sole judge of what enters and stays in your home. From people to furniture to wall art to food, if you don’t like something (or someone) they don’t get to be in your home. Period.
#2. keeping things in order
The decision is entirely yours. There are no roommates to make messes for you to deal with or nag you about your own less-than-perfect habits. Every mess and misplaced item is thanks to you.
While that may make you feel like a slob every once in a while, you also don’t have to harbor any animosity over it. If you want your place to be neat, you have the ability to demand that of your place without any other inhabitant getting in your way.
Cherish these moments while you can.
When you leave alone, the joy-giving practice of doing whatever you want becomes exponentially easier to implement in your daily life. The only person around to damn you for doing (or not doing) things is you.
It gives you a different kind of self-discipline when you’re the most important judge of your life. In a lot of ways, this form of self-discipline is most important in your twenties – when you are less likely to be responsible for other human lives and are allotted some time to get your situation in order, through trial-and-error if need be.