Enjoy my top ten indulgences for living alone. Feel free to add your favorites!
Living alone has its advantages!
When you live by yourself, you will find that sharing or accommodating someone else’s lifestyle is no longer required.
You can do what you want when you want.
So go ahead..
- Eat yogurt from the container standing over the kitchen sink, walking around your house, or even on the couch.
- Dine on red wine and popcorn for dinner lazing on the couch watching Netflix.
- Speaking of Netflix, devote the entire weekend to lounging in your pj’s watching season after season of Breaking Bad.
- Squeeze the toothpaste tube in the middle!
- Sleep in the middle of the bed with the heating blanket on high.
- Stay up all night reading and then sleep in the next day.
- Wake up at 2 A.M. and read in bed with all of the lights on.
- Nap anytime especially in front of the fire on a cold, rainy Portland day. (Gas or electric fires only, please).
- Play loud music and dance like nobody’s business.
- Embrace indulging & breaking rules. After all, no one’s watching!
About this post
I wrote this tongue-in-cheek a fewdays ago.
As I read it again today, I felt sad.
It reminded me of a conversation with my high school French teacher.
I told her that I wanted to live alone so no one could tell me what to do!
She responded that would mean that there was no one around me to care if I were sick or lonely or to share the happy times.
As a flippant teenage, I did not give much thought to her words.
Now, having lived alone, I feel differently.
I enjoy my solitude but not the times when I feel lonely or left out of life.
I like to think that I am more sensitive to others who are alone.
Coming Full Circle
Not so long ago, I was never alone.
I had a wonderful family and a wonderful life.
I had everything.
Then Death came calling for my husband.
My sons left home to begin their adult lives.
I floundered but eventually started a new chapter on my own.
Now my sons are married with children.
There is a special someone in my life.
My friend Jack told me after my husband’s funeral,
“You will never have what you had before. But you will be happy again”.
I just looked at him not understanding and not believing .
But you know he was right.
I am happy. I live alone. I have a full life.
I am so grateful.
for my sons
for my family
for my friends
for the kindness of strangers
I am so grateful.
Prayer for Those Who Live Alone
Almighty God, whose Son had nowhere to lay his head; Grant that those who live alone may not be lonely in their solitude, but that, following in his steps, they may find fulfillment in loving you and their neighbors; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~BCP