Thursday, December 26, 2013

21 little joys of living alone

I think your real character emerges when you are alone, when nobody is watching, when the mask rests on the table and you are only you, in your pure untainted form. In the last one and a half years that I have lived alone, I have found out a lot of things about life and myself. I have never been a very social person, so living alone was not particularly a difficult decision. It was something I longed for, and was happy to finally be able to afford it.

Simple joys of living alone. . 

1. There is nothing more calming than to come back to a clean house, a clean bed with pillows and cushions wagging their tails, calling out to you.
2. ‘Relief’ is too small a word for the feeling you get when you know that there is food in the kitchen, and you have all the time in the world to stay stuck to your laptop, and get up only to heat your meal in the microwave.
3. There is something absolutely liberating about playing loud music in the house and singing along side tunelessly. No worries about music on loop to bother anyone.
4. Long showers before getting into the bed with latest season of Breaking Bad.
5. Roaming around skimpily.
6. Calling friends over and planning sleepovers. Cooking for others.
7. What do you want to be today? A butterfly or a couch potato?
8. Feeling all grown-up, paying the bills and getting plumbing done.
9. Going to sleep at 5:00 am and waking up at 1:00pm.
10. Never having to latch the bathroom door.
11. You never walk, you only swagger.
12. I don’t understand this one but- the surprised look on people’s face when they enter my house and see that I live alone, run a ‘household’ all by myself.
13. Finding and nailing the right balance of milk, sugar and coffee in my mug.
14. Perfecting the temperature of milk to go with crunchy muesli, so it is just enough crunchy and just enough soft for my liking.
15. Learning how to cook, eating burnt food, and going gaga when the food turns out to be finger-licking-good.
16. Knowing exactly what goes where and finding it there, coz nobody else is around to mess it up.
17. Having control over the speed of the fan.
18. Passing out. Nothing like dropping dead wherever, however you want.
19. All the plug points are MINE.
20. Sob your heart out while watching an embarrassingly emotional movie.
21. To sprawl across the queen size bed like a continent.

One thing I absolutely hate about having roommates is small talk. I loathe detest abhor small talk like nothing else in my life. Oh and the fact that I don’t have to ‘accompany’ people to things where they don’t want to go alone. What makes you think I want to be subjected to the nonsense that you’d rather not do alone!

P.S: After reading the post, it is easy to conclude two things- I am anti social and I am a foodie. Number three, I also have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. 

25 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more. I have lived alone for six months now. But, I had to again live with a room mate for some reasons. But I am again feeling the need to live alone again. For the above 21 reasons and some others, I will switch back to living alone sooner or later.

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    1. I hope you get it soon :) Have a wonderful new year.

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    2. @ S Oh thanks. I hope I get it soon. Have a great year too. Hope to read more from you.

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  2. Love the whole feel of space when you are by yourself :-) It definitely has its moments!

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    1. In that space, it is always a me-time :) self centered, much?

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  3. I can't wait to start working and live on my own. Even if I can't afford a good one, I'd rather stay in a one BHK than stay with other people. Enjoy the solitude! :D

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    1. Living alone is an experience everyone must have at least once in their life :) All the best with the adventure!

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  4. Good list. . Can totally relate to it. . My personal fav is no13. .
    Once am done with the studies I am planning to stay alone. .

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    1. # 13! Hai na. I hate having coffee outside, nobody gets the recipe right :D

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  5. Loving the list ! #19! Haha. So important! :D

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    1. Hahaha, yea ;)

      Thanks for dropping by.

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  6. I think I have found my living-alone-soul-mate in you :O

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  7. Wooohooo! The second I read the title of the post on Reader, I knew I was going to love this! :D :D
    Been 6 months since I started living alone..And while I do get lonely, your post just reminded me of why I dont hate it so much now! :D

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  8. Where is my comment!

    Anyway, I was saying:
    Woohoo! The second I saw your post title on Reader, I knew I was going to fall in love with this post. Its been 6 months since I have been living alone. And although it is very lonely, your post made me realize the few things that make living alone worth it! :)
    Agree with almost every single point out there.

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    1. I have this 'approval' thingy, that is why it was not visible before....
      I don't mind double comments from you <3 :D

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  9. hahaha...i love the very last one!!!! :-P

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    1. O yes!

      See I always gave you that 'privilege' by running in the middle of the night to mum n dad's room, leaving you with the whole bed to sprawl on :P

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    2. ya ya!!! such a thoughtful sister I have!!! :-))))))))
      u used to get up in the middle of the night thinking, lets compensate didi for my whole day's pranks on her, n run away to mom's room!!!

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  10. Dude , that was fabulous.. I am jealous.. such bliss no living alone ?? I did do something on similar lines and loved it ...

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    1. it is a bliss....though it does have its moments of melancholy also :)
      am glad you tasted the joy in it.

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  11. yes yes. I would have written the same thing. Only change is that I would have replaced Queen size bed with King size bed :D
    totally agree.

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  12. Just stumbled upon your blog and couldn't stop reading. I usually lurk around, but this resonated real loud with me, so decided to un-lurk.

    I lived alone for about 1.5 years and loved every moment of it. I never sat down to think why i loved it. And now you just saved me the trouble :) Apart from point 1, agree totally with the rest! (I create quite the mess when i know no ones watching. So a clean home can never be mine). And to add a point - to find the toilet seat always dry...just the way i like it.

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