Back when I was living with my parents and brother, I so looked forward to the day that I could live by myself in my
own (or rented) home, sans roommates. I fantasized about having total peace and privacy and being able to do chores according to my own timetable.
Now that I’ve experienced several years of living alone, I have to say – it is pretty awesome in a lot of ways. Admittedly, however, living alone is not all sunshine and rainbow-colored unicorn poop…
Pros and Cons of Living Alone
Pro: Eating a mountain of junk food, with no one around to judge me
Con: Gaining five pounds, because there’s no one around to judge me
Pro: Not having to pick up anyone else’s messes
Con: It’s always my turn to vacuum
• “How can all this filth be MINE?” – me, on a regular basis
Pro: Putting on socks and doing some kitchen ballet!
Con: No one to peel me off the floor when I inevitably fall
Pro: No one to talk to after a bad day at work
Con: No one to talk to after a bad day at work
• Note to self: get a pet
Pro: Not having to cook for anyone
Pro: Repairing minor fix-it issues by myself, and feeling a sense of accomplishment
Con: Having to kill cockroaches myself. I cannot do this. No.
Pro: Can sit in my shower or bath as long as I want
Con: Should I drown, it’d be a long time before anyone found me
• Note to self:
get a pet get a Lassie
Pro: Free to roam my apartment in varying degrees of nakedness
Pro: Feeling proud and independent about paying bills, cleaning, carrying groceries up a flight of stairs, calling the repair man, and everything else that I do without any help
Con: Feeling paranoid that maybe I’m too good at living alone, and that if I ever have a roommate, I may one day take drastic measures just to get some privacy.
Those of you who have lived alone, are there any pros or cons you’d add to this list? What about those of you who have NEVER lived alone?