When I graduated high school I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to move into an apartment with my best friend in downtown Dallas. Eighteen years old living downtown? Party time. It was so much fun getting to live with my best friend, but as much as I loved it, I craved a place that was all my own. (Sorry Haley, you know I love you). After living together for two years we decided to get our own respective bachelorette pads. Living alone was truly one of the best decisions that I have made.
I have prospered and grown so much faster since I have moved into my own apartment. This has nothing to do with Haley or our friendship, but more so to do with the level of independence that living alone forces you to embrace. Not having someone to come home to every night was weird at first, but I have SO learned to love it. I now crave me time and look forward to curling up in bed alone with a glass of wine literally all day. Like i’m still laying in bed in the morning and already thinking about said glass of wine. This is just one of the many reasons that I wholeheartedly believe that everyone needs to live alone at some point in their lives.
These are the other reasons:
You Can Have a Dance Party at 3 am
When you live with someone you have to cater your needs to their needs. You can’t blast music and do Zumba in the middle of your living room at 8 am and stumble in at 3 am and have a dance party with five of your closest friends. If you do, chances are your roommate will want to stab your face in. Just saying. Just like when they decide to have people over and you have an exam the next day. There is no need for face stabbing when you live alone.
Your Groceries Will Stop Disappearing
There is nothing worse than looking forward to the last three bites of Ben and Jerry’s that you strategically left for yourself all day and coming home to an empty pint. WTF. “Well there was only three bites left so I ate it because I didn’t think that you would care?” Oh I care. IIIIIIIII care.
You Can Do Chores Naked
While doing more chores naked is not an activity that I often partake in, it is quite nice to have the option available to do so. The point here is that when you live alone, you can do whatever the hell your little heart desires. I underestimated how much I would enjoy this before I finally lived alone and I promise that you will LOVE it.
You Become More Accountable
It’s just you now. When you decide to let your dishes pile up for a week, you’re the one that is going to have to clean it up. When I had a roommate the person that cleaned the apartment was generally whoever got sick of it being dirty first. Now sadly I am the sole individual responsible for how clean my apartment remains. I make sure to deep clean my apartment once a week (if I’m feeling super adulty) on Tuesdays to make it easier to schedule.
You Get to Date Yourself
This brings me to my biggest reason that you need to live alone at some point in your life: While many of us will get married and find the person that we will share our lives with, at the end of the day we all walk this life alone. You are SO lucky that you get to spend this crazy life with the coolest person ever… YOU. Living alone lets you celebrate this fact every single day. Get a little crazy and have a Nikki Minaj dance party on your kitchen island (pfft I’ve never done that before what are you talking about?). Life is short. Date yourself.