By Patricia May P. Catan
Photo: Associated Press
Illustrations: Enrico P. Santisas
INDEPENDENCE is best practiced when living alone, and if you’re part of the independent squad, you’ve probably been house hunting and planning to move out of your family’s abode soon. For someone like you who can’t wait to have a taste of freedom, this bold move can sometimes leave you with second thoughts. But if something’s stopping you from fulfilling this dream, here’s a quick list of the benefits of living alone.
1. You’re on the right path to self-discovery.
The idea of living independently may initially scare you but being on your own means you’ll get to know more of yourself in a deeper sense. Your home is your personal space and it can be used as a platform for self-discovery. Your strengths and weaknesses will slowly reveal themselves as you progress into living alone, which is vital for your development.
2. You’ll have the peace and quiet you deserve.
The thought of having your own place to crash after a long, hectic day at work can make any bad day go away especially if you’re one who carries all the pressure from work to your home. There are work days when everything just completely weighs on you but having that peace and quiet of living alone is a blessing as it is a form of therapy that will instantly soothe your tired soul.
3. You’ll be reconnected your creative side.
Living alone takes you back to your creative side and gives you the chance to explore and develop your passions. A life of solitude will reconnect you to your artistic identity as it provides you with a space where you can freely think, create and dream. It is also the ideal environment for self-expression.
4. You’ll learn to build your confidence.
You’re your own boss in your home, meaning you get to decide anything and everything. This alone will give you the opportunity to develop your decision-making skills and build your confidence level that will lead you to your own path and experience the freedom you thought was impossible.
5. You’re bound to learn new life skills.
You’ll be wearing many hats when living alone but that isn’t such a bad thing because these are life skills you must learn to master. Whether you’re a mechanic yesterday or an electrician today, you’re bound to learn these skills one way or the other and you’ll surely be proud of yourself that you survived.
6. You’ll realize the importance of family and friends.
One thing that you’ll learn to appreciate even more in solo dwelling is the presence of your family and friends. It helps you realize that their existence is just as important as your own and you will learn to never take them for granted again.
7. You have the freedom to live as you please.
You have the freedom to do everything as you please and no one’s stopping you because you live by your own rules now. It’s a privilege to live such a carefree life and you are only able to experience that when you have your own home. You also get to choose your home decors and design your home as how you like without having to worry about anything or anyone at all.