Living solo, your messes
belong to you alone: you donít have to put up with anyone elseís
slobbery. When I lived with
other people, I was always the nagger.
I loathed that the kitchen was always messy or that the bathroom
hadnít been cleaned in months. Granted,
I could have
Living with another person is
a form of a relationship: it takes communication and compromise.
All this, of course, means that oftentimes, nothing gets done at
all. When you live with
someone, for instance, you must put up with his or her tastes and
styles. This, perhaps, is
why the shared house has a tendency to be a clashing mishmash of
decorating ideas, or lack any semblance of dťcor altogether.
When you donít have any roommates to contend with, youíre
free to decorate and arrange the house in whatever manner you like, and
as often as you want. A
case in point: I recently moved some items from the living room into
what was my bedroom, and vice versa.
My bed is now ensconced in a much bigger room.
Many roommates would have been opposed to this upheaval Ė not
to mention my co-option of the living room for my own personal
sleep-space Ė but I didnít hear a peep of disgruntlement.
I live alone.
Personally, I like that I
donít have to turn down my music because my roommate is trying to
sleep. I like that I can
watch TV as late as I want. I
love that I can exercise my idiosyncratic habits and my quirky urges Ė
whenever I like, however I like, as loudly and boldly and obnoxiously as
I like. I live alone: Iím
not bothering anyone. Then
again, I have to live with this constant paranoia of being killed in my
The pros and cons of living
with or without someone are many and varied.
Either way, everyone should try a little bit of both to see which
they like better. And if I
may say so, do try the naked strut; alone or not, it always proves to be
a good time.
Ashlin Salisbury is a student at the University of Oregon. She is a huge fan of both the Food network and the Cartoon network.