Living alone may sound daunting. Who calls the ambulance when you trip and fall over with your head banging on the bathtub? Who brings you coffee in the morning when you wake up and are too lazy to move. And what happens when you lose your keys. Will you be homeless from then on? But hear me out. As scary as living alone might sound, it also is one of the best things to me.
1. No pants and no bra – all day every day
Sounds dreamy, am I right? Well, living alone allows me to walk around in nothing but a slouchy shirt whenever I’m home. I’m one of those people that immediately have to undress once they come home. In my old flat this meant hopping into something comfy that, at the same time, covered everything because a) was it on the first floor and I’m quite paranoid and b) was it extremely cold in there all the time. So I am absolutely embracing this perk right now.
2. No one will ever criticise what you’re having for lunch
I vividly remember my mom coming home one day from work and telling me off for eating cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner one day. In her opinion that wasn’t an appropriate meal. And why I do kinda agree I also can very much relate to kid-kerstin because oh how lovely does that sound? Anyways, when you live alone you can either have pizza every day or follow through with a very strict diet. There’s no one around to interfere and I adore that possibility.
3. It’s all up to you
Now that one might sound not so positive but I assure you it is. Imagine coming home from a long and exhausting workday only to find your kitchen cluttered with dishes. I’d hate that. The thought alone makes me all itchy and nervous. If that ever happens in my house, though, I will know exactly who to blame: me, myself and I. Because there’s no one else around. And that again is good for your relationship because no one likes to fight over chores all day.
4. You’re the master of interior
When you live alone, there’s no compromising when it comes to interior. You want that blush pink couch even though your boyfriend hates it? Get it. It’s your flat and you have to look at it every day. Do you want that hideous print on your wall? Hang it! Doesn’t that sound absolutely fabulous?
5. It gives you freedom
Last, but most certainly not least: living alone gives you freedom. And if there’s one thing you need in your twenties it’s independence and getting to know yourself. And if I have learned one thing from having lived alone for almost a year now, it is that I never got to know myself better. Sure, there are times when I wish it wasn’t so goddamn quiet because I’d rather not think. But then again, I can come home at 3 a.m. and fall into bed only to roll out of it at six for work again. Doesn’t happen often because I’m a granny. But I know I can. And that feels just so utterly liberating to me.