Let me say right now that living alone has its own unique challenges. If you hear an ominous noise, you have to check it out. If you lock yourself out, you’re fvcked.
Despite these setbacks I believe that living alone is something every person should do - particularly while they’re young. It’s a unique learning experience that will inevitably change you for the better. And here’s 5 reasons why.
1. Apartment-Hunting Becomes A Breeze
There are some people who insist that apartment-hunting can only be done in pairs - that it helps to have a second person around when you’re checking out premises and haggling rent prices with potential landlords. This, truth be told, is false. A quick Google search will give you a checklist of everything to look for in an apartment (working pipes, well-insolated windows, etc.) and frankly, if a place is so sketchy that you fell you can’t check it out alone, then you shouldn’t live there. Alone or otherwise.
Apartment-hunting alone means that you’ll never wind up arguing with a friend over whether one place is better than another - you’ll just go where you want to, and on the best terms that you can get for yourself.
2. No Compromises
Are you messy? A neatfreak? Do you own a loud pet bird? Do you come home at 4 in the morning with a new person every other night?
Guess what? That’s totally fine! When you live alone, you’re the only person who has to live with your quirks - and you don’t have to deal with a roommate clogging the toilet. Don’t you ever undervalue that.
3. You Learn Self-Reliance.
Assuming you didn’t just crawl out from beneath a Patrick Star-style rock, you’ve probably spent your entire life thus far living with people - family, roommates, lovers, whoever. And you’ve probably already had a lot of adult responsibilities.
But, until you live alone, you’ll never know just how much you rely on other people for even the simplest of things, nor will you overcome that. Living alone teaches you how to take care of yourself and just how capable you are underneath your insecurities. And who doesn’t want that?
4. The Solitude
Similar to the last point, when you’re the only person living somewhere, you start to learn a lot about yourself. Whether or not we realize it, we are constantly reacting to the people around us.
So when you spend a large chunk of your time alone in a place where nobody else is going to disturb you, you discover who you are when you’re only reacting to yourself. And what you find may be surprising.
5. The Freedom
For the first time in your life, you have a space that is totally your own. You lock the door and are in a place where everything inside is yours, where you make the rules, and where you can act however you want in complete privacy.
And that’s always worth the extra cash for rent.