(Closed) Have you lived alone?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: lived alone?
    I live(d) alone and it was the best thing I've ever done for myself : (110 votes)
    56 %
    I live(d) alone and it was a good experience, but I don't think it was a crucial life experience : (42 votes)
    21 %
    I live(d) alone, but not by choice. I don't like it : (4 votes)
    2 %
    I live(d) alone by choice and hated it. I do not recommend. : (10 votes)
    5 %
    Other : (31 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    9954 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Lived alone for a school year when I was in college (had my own apt vs living in the dorm)… and then I lived alone after my divorce.

    Honestly, I am very much a people person… so I absolutely hated it both times.

    Lol, now that I am over 50, IF the situation would ever present itself again, I’d probably just move into a Retirement Complex, I so need to have ongoing interaction with people.

    Post # 4
    23597 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I am someone who needs my space.  I lived alone in the 5 years I was in graduate school, and I loved it!  Even now, Darling Husband understands that when I come home, sometimes I just want to sit by myself and decompress for an hour or two.

    Post # 5
    13251 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I lived alone after I graduated undergrad, and I loved every second of it.  No roommates to worry about, no one telling me what to do, no need to worry about waking someone if I get up in the middle of the night. 

    Don’t get me wrong, I love having Fiance there, someone to sleep next to and talk to… but that year of solitude was something I’d never trade.

    Post # 6
    1370 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Do you mean 100% alone, or not under your parents roof? I lived with roommates, but never 100% alone.

    Ironically, the experience of living alone will come well after I’m married just in the form of a deployment. I’m not looking forward to that, but I understand that it’s a very empowering experience.

    Post # 7
    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I lived by myself for about 3.5 years.  I loved it.  Sometimes I miss it.  

    Post # 8
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I had a roommate one summer, but I would go days and days without seeing her, so I’m pretty sure it counts as alone enough :). I’m not a fan, I actually kind of hated it. But tons of people love it! I would get a hobby immediately. I ended up playing the same video game all summer when I should’ve taken up knitting or something! You’ll be fine, though, it wasn’t miserable, just boring!

    Post # 9
    8041 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I used to live alone. I did for about a year (completely alone, no relationship). In some ways I liked it… I proved I can “make it by myself”… other ways I hated it. At night I’d get scared.. despite living in a secure building in a secure area, etc. etc. Doing what you want, when you want is nice… silly things like eating popcorn for dinner at 10 pm. In some ways it sucked, though.. like hauling groceries by myself, making all the calls to the landlord… doing all the cleaning myself… etc.

    Post # 11
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I have only ever lived with roommates and my husband. Right now we live in my hometown. I’m hoping to change that in the near future. 

    Post # 12
    2116 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I am so so glad that I lived alone. I didn’t live alone for very long (under a year), but it was a much-needed experience.


    It taught me that I could take care of myself and didn’t need to settle on ANY man — I could be fine just by myself. It taught me money management, household management, and…honestly…it was just nice to not have to share my space 😛

    Post # 13
    1402 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I lived alone for approximately two years before I met my SO, and we lived together for a semester before doing our weird LDR.  I loved living alone.  I need time to just chill out and relax.  I loved living with my SO, too, and I really miss it.  This summer I’m living with a roommate and I hate it.  She’s a lovely person, don’t get me wrong, but I need to be able to spread out and do my own thing.

    In summary, I love living alone, but I don’t think it’s necessary for everyone to do.  It definitely made me more independant, since I didn’t have anyone else to rely on/do stuff with.  I have to make a much bigger effort to see my friends versus when I lived with/near them.

    Post # 14
    6247 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 1900

    I had a single in college… but then again I was never really ‘alone’ on campus, so I guess not.

    Post # 15
    945 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’ve lived alone for 4 years and it was the best thing I ever did. You learn so much more about yourself when it’s just you. I’ve learned how to cook, balance living expenses, and how to deal with a crisis. Compared with friends who have not lived on their own I am far more independent and in a far better place if for some reason Fiance left me. I look at my mom who got divorced at 40 and had never lived on her own, her life went into a tailspin. I definitely recommend it. It’s made me a much better person.

    Post # 16
    5797 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’ve lived alone and I don’t really see how it’s that much more valuable than living with roommates. In both cases you’re financially independent. If anything a roommate does a better job of preparing you for other peoples crazyiness.

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