As I mentioned in my Dear 2016 blog post, I moved into my own apartment last March. Lately I’ve been thinking about how much I enjoy living by myself, and how there are so many perks in comparison to living with roommates. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time living with some of my best friends in college, but I can’t deny there is something great about having my own space.
Here are some of the main perks of living alone:
Singing in the shower (and out of the shower)
I’m sure lots of people still do this when they have roommates, but there is something extra fun about belting out your favorite songs when you know nobody (besides your neighbors depending on how loud you are) can hear you. When I’m feeling really adventurous I’ll even find karaoke tracks of songs on YouTube and have my own private concert for myself. Yes, I am very cool.
Talking to yourself
Similar to the previous point, but I love being able to talk to myself like a crazy person without being judged by anyone…except all of you who now know I do that. But come on, don’t pretend you don’t do it too! Whether it’s rehearsing a conversation you’re planning on having with someone, or just giving yourself compliments when you get all dressed up for a date, talking to yourself is much easier when you’re living solo.
Walking around naked (or wearing whatever you want)
I love lounging in my fluffy robe after I take a shower or bath. I also like walking around in just a big t-shirt. And sometimes, I just walk around naked. Because I can. That’s the luxury you have when you don’t have roommates. Even if I just feel like staying in my PJs all day, I can do that without worrying about my roommate asking if I’m feeling okay.
Setting your own schedule
Feel like re-living your youth by staying up way too late and sleeping in until the afternoon the next day? Do it! Need to play some pump-up music while you’re getting ready for work in the morning? No problem! I love being able to choose exactly what I want to do each day, and what time I want to wake up and go to sleep, without worrying about someone else’s schedule or plans. It may be selfish, but I have to admit it’s nice to be able to just think about myself every once in a while.
I realize my opinion on this may not be the same as yours. Some people hate living alone and prefer to have roommates or live with their family. And I know there are definitely perks to living with people. Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are about living alone, and if you agree with why I enjoy it.