Planning to live alone for the first time, here are some things you need to know for this experience.
If you are someone who grew up in a big family or around many people when you come back home, chances are living alone might be a little more challenging for you. Whether you recently became an empty-nester, split up with a live-in partner, moved out of your parents’ home, or said goodbye to your roommate, getting used to living alone can either be difficult or liberating. In any case, the situation requires the exquisite talent of getting used to it, but the adjustment can be rewarding.
When you are around family, a roommate, or even a partner, other than responsibilities, you also share expenses, which is one of the most desirable benefits of NOT living alone as it gets a little easier on your money. However, living alone, or the experience of ‘Solo Living’ teaches you many valuable lessons for life. Here you go:
You learn to manage your expenses.
This is one thing that you will learn quickly when you start living alone.
The first thing you learn when you start living entirely on your own is to manage your finances. From grocery shopping to partying, you realize you need to plan things for the upcoming week or month so that you don’t have to survive on cup noodles by the end of the month. It might be challenging in the initial days, but who knows, you might end up good at money planning and saving some bucks too.
You’re responsible for… Everything!
Living alone might mean more freedom, but it also means more responsibilities.
There are so many little things that we never care about and when you start living alone, they become a whole new experience. From making your breakfast in the morning to doing the dishes, you realize that you’re pretty much on your own. There will be days when you might skip breakfast because you were not able to wake up on time, but you will find a way out of it.
You learn more about yourself.
Spending more time with yourself gives you a better picture of your personality.
You can spend time alone, away from outside influences, while you live alone. You now have a real chance to pay attention to where you are, what you need, and what makes you happy. Solo life gives you a completely new perspective to look at things.
You make effort to see people.
Meeting people and staying in touch with the, becomes important.
It’s possible that you will adore living alone so much that you will forget to socialize with other people. And while it’s wonderful that you like your own company so much, interacting with other people is also important. Make time for a weekly FaceTime call with your best friend living away or make an effort to go out to dinner with friends a few times every month.
Things get too emotional sometimes.
On the days you feel a little low, you can always talk to your family and friends to feel better.
You can assume that this might never happen but there will be days when you will miss being around people and those days can become a little too overwhelming to deal with. On such days, remember that you are living alone but not a lonely life. There are always people who are there for you.
You can focus more on your goals.
Living alone allows you to focus a lot more on your abilities.
Living alone gives you a great chance to find out more about yourself. You can improve your abilities and skills leading to you being a new person who is passionate about his/her goals more than ever. It is true that ‘too many cooks in a kitchen can ruin the soup’, so when you have the chance to live alone, make sure you make the most of it by focusing on your goals.
Get will know if it is meant for you or not.
Solo living is an experience one should definitely get once in a lifetime.
Eventually, you will get to know if solo living is your cup of tea or not. Make the most of living alone by exploring the experiences you can, and you will know what is right for you.