There comes a time in your life when you are ready to make the leap or maybe forced into it. Shortly you find yourself in a studio apartment with hardly any space to turn 360 degrees. Homesickness prevails and you miss your friends. But soon you see a change in yourself and find that being alone is highly underrated. You can take your time with things or abandon them completely. You can get obsessed with internet prodigies and suddenly there is more to life. In the end you stumble upon a simple fact: Living alone begins as an experiment until it becomes a way of life. It heightens your potential as a person, brings out the best that you can be and this is why you should be part of this experiment at least once in your life. Here are some reasons why you should live alone at least once in your lifetime.

You don’t have to worry about any roommate woes

Ever get stuck rooming with someone you don’t necessarily know? I.e. a friend of a friend or Craigslist roommate? They didn’t seem so bad at first but they ate all your take-out one time, unplugged your alarm clock another, until they eventually became the spitting image of Chandler’s crazy roommate Eddie from FRIENDS? One incredible thing about living alone is never having to worry about who you’re going to rent the space with if your nice, sweet, good roommate wants to move closer to work.

You can make your own damn house rules

“Living alone means I can be the master of my zen at all times. If I want calm and quiet, I can have it. If I want to have an impromptu solo dance party in my kitchen to Salt-N-Pepa, no problem. If I want to sleep in until 10 a.m. on Sunday, or get up early and do yoga, I do. If I want to leave my dirty dishes in the sink, I can. If I want to spend three unadulterated, uninterrupted hours cleaning my baseboards, I can do that too. If I want to just sit and read my book with my dogs curled up at my feet, I will. Living alone to me means I have the freedom to cultivate a home environment that nourishes my soul.”

You’ll be able to self-discover

When you live with roommates, it’s super easy to come home and immediately start bouncing ideas off of them. Should you quit your job? Ask out that cute new assistant at work? Dye your hair millennial pink? When you live alone, you don’t have a chorus of people chiming in with their opinions. Instead, you’ll learn to be introspective and really listen to what you want and need. Soon, you’ll be able to trust your instincts better and develop a better sense of self-trust.

You get to know yourself better

“There is no better way to learn about yourself, but it takes courage — no one to ‘distract’ you from building your own life, make decisions for you or fix the things you don’t want to deal with. After a while, you find out that you’re really the only person you ever need, and life’s craziness doesn’t seem as scary after that.”

You realize just how capable you are

“I honestly think that everyone should have to spend at least two years living on their own. No roommates, family or friends ― just themselves. Pay their bills on time, learn consequences of budget failure, experience fever and chills with no one to care for you except you. Living alone builds character.”

You’ll appreciate people more

When living with friends or family, it can be easy to get anti-social or not as willing to participate in social events. Because you’re living alone, you’ll be able to enjoy your time solo while also understanding just how valuable human connection is to your life.

Heck, it might even make you more productive

“I’ve realized there’s a distinct difference between loneliness and being solitary. There are times when I want to go out but no one is available so I feel ‘lonely’ but then I look around and see laundry and dirty dishes and decide to be productive and exist alone. And then I’m content in my solitude.”

It’s easier to relax, unwind and be creative

It seems that we’re always plugged in or logged on when it comes to society these days. We’re constantly sending work emails, liking Instagram pictures, or sending out tweets. We spend the majority of our days connecting with people whether online or in the real world. Time alone can allow you to unwind from your day, giving you the necessary mental rest in order to recharge and connect with your body and mind. We’re not saying you should live alone forever, but if you’ve never given the 1-bedroom lifestyle a shot, you should consider giving it a go – at least once.

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