I have never lived alone. I went from my parents to my husband - with no time inbetween (unless you count college where you are never alone - with room-mates and classmates, etc.)
DH and I got married 2 days before my graduation - had a honeymoon in the French Quarter in New Orleans, and then back to LSU Baton Rouge for graduation.
But this 'living alone' is something I think about... not because I would ever want to do it, but because so many people I know do. Some have never been married, some have lost their spouses or partners, some just prefer it. Most seem to like it, a few - not so much... but I've heard some of the pros and cons and they just make me wonder.
I've heard that women live alone better than men. Don't really know if this is true, and not sure why this would be, so perhaps someone could enlighten me. My guess is that men are more used to being 'taken care of'... and women generally tend to do this naturally. Not that men don't take care of women as they do... but in a different way. As I see it, they offer security, comfort, and not only the ability but the strength to do some things around the house and home that are not necessarily beyond a woman's ability, but more to a man's nature. Does that make sense?
I've been told that some people prefer to live alone as by doing so, they can set their own schedules and do as they please... and that they don't want to share their living space with anyone. Several women have told me this.
I would certainly like to hear other people's comments. Pros and cons from both women and men would be helpful. IMO I don't think I would like living alone. Not that I don't like my own space and quiet time (as I tend to be an introvert), but sharing a life (even if only with a pet) appeals to me more.
I imagine what it boils down to is one's own personality and life style, perhaps one's upbringing or experience, and your general concept of what constitutes a good life.
Possibly the death of my good friend's husband recently made me think about this. She is doing well and has children, family, and friends around to help... but still, it's difficult... and I really wonder about those without family (but surely friends would take up the space?). And choosing to live alone and losing a husband of 50+ years I realize are very different scenarios.
And I'm sure that someone will bring up sex... but in today's world, one does not have to live with someone to have a sex life (although it may make it more convenient). But I'm not referring to a love life here, just general living arrangements. Do others wonder about this?
That's my 'wonderings' at the moment... nothing crucial, just one of the many things I wonder about.
(And by the way, DH just got his Covid test back. Apparently he's positive... ??? How??? Who knows?? But he feels fine, cold symptoms appeared about 8 days ago... and have now subsided. He has no fever, a little coughing, but that's it at the moment. We're kind of shocked as we have been vaccinated, boostered, and stay home pretty much. But who knows?)
Hugs (definitely virtual),