You know, I had a great weekend just a few days ago. I got off work early on Friday afternoon, and cycled out to a campsite in the Hinterland to go camping with some friends, quite a decent ride that enabled me to watch some mountains in the moonlight. Saturday I took a hike with the same friends (and a few others) through some world-heritage listed rainforest in a remote part of Lamington National Park, spotted some exotic wildlife that can't be seen anywhere else in the world, then went back to the camp ground and spent the evening chatting with some other campers there.
Sunday I rode home in the morning, then went out to the Stadium at Robina to watch my beloved Gold Coast United win (granted, we don't have many fans, but the game you people refer to as "soccer" has the most passionate fans in the world, and 3,000 of us will generally make more noise than 30,000 watching any other game). The scenes in "the beach" were absolutely crazy when we scored the winner, loved that! To me the whole weekend was just another reminder about how great it is to live alone.
Now I know that it's not politically correct to say this, in fact, when I tell people how happy I am in my situation, a lot of them actually seem to get angry. But will all the threads about "dateless losers" that crop up here, I thought it was time to tell people how great it really is to live alone. Now I'm not saying don't socialise, or don't hang out with people of the opposite gender. In fact, two of the people I went camping with were female friends. But there really is something to be said for being able to drop everything and have a weekend away (without having to tell anyone what time you're coming home), or to be able to come home and then immediately go out again (without asking anyone's permission).
But it's not just the weekend's away that are great. When I come home from work this evening for example, I can again do whatever I like. I can have whatever I like for dinner, heck I can go out for dinner if I want to (but I don't have to). There's no TV blaring when I get home, there's no noise, there's nobody telling me what I didn't do/could do/should do/whatever. If I want the TV on (which is rare because I usually have better things to do), I can watch it uninterrupted. Or maybe I'd prefer a little music -- there's nobody to object to my musical tastes (which are varied), or maybe I'll go out somewhere.
When my pay comes in, I can spend it on whatever I like. I'll generally save some for my next overseas trip (France is looking appealing right now), I've been known to give to certain charities, and then I might spend some on whatever I decide. It could mean eating out, it could mean going to a concert or a sporting event or an art gallery, or whatever. If I do decide to go out with a female (which, occasionally will happen) I'm just going out for a good time, I'm not wasting energy trying to determine whether she is or isn't "relationship" material, and I'm not worrying about whether or not she's judging me either.
I could go on and on about the advantages, but since attention spans are short these days, I won't. I'll just say that I have found living alone to be such an awesome experience (and I've been doing it for a few years now), that I wonder why more people don't do it. I can only assume that it's because they don't give it a chance. They stress so much about trying to fill some "gap" in their lives, about whether or not someone else will try to portray them as a "loser", that they create drama and other problems for themselves that just don't need to be there. If they would only embrace what they have, they would be much happier.