“Be your own Paradise”
Lean Arnoco (The Freeman) - August 21, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Most young people are not the greatest planners, and yet they tend to overthink about all the useless things. For example, when their throat is lumpy, they start thinking that they have a tumor. Yes, they can be paranoid like that.

When they’re going away from home and have to decide about living alone, they often jump on the idea, not quite knowing what it would entail.

Most youngsters today grew up being taken care of at all times. Their first time being alone can be such fun – as it can also be a horror. Anyone who’s been pampered all along would have a hard time handling anything on his or her own.

Basic things like paying bills or doing laundry or mopping the floor or washing the dishes are major feats. What about when they get sick? Oh, they start freaking out at the slightest pain, thinking they’re going to die and no one would know.

Then they begin to realize that there’s just no one to take care of them. They realize that it’s not really other people’s responsibility to keep them alive, to keep them happy. They have a glimpse of the truth that they don’t need to rely on the world for their own happiness.

Once they embrace the responsibility for themselves, people who choose to live alone will begin to realize all the perks of their decision. The website https://steemit.com lists some of these perks:

•You can do literally anything you want with the place.

•You can play music all night long if you please.

•You can roam around in your towel if you like.

•When you are stressed as hell, you do not have to smile, just be grumpy as hell and throw things if you like.

•You do not need to clean your dishes right away; you can do the chores at your own pace.

•It gives you a sense of independence so strong that nothing stops you.

•It makes you fearless as hell (you learn to sleep with the lights off and nightmares do not scare me anymore).

•Loneliness does not seem as scary as it used to, you are happy by yourself.

•It develops in you a new appreciation for your parents.

•You learn to trust yourself and your instincts. You learn that in the end that it is all going to be okay.

It’s true, living alone can help a lot to make a person learn to “be your own paradise.”

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