1. When you are sick, you have to push yourself a little harder than you normally would. YOU have to take yourself to the doctor. YOU have to take yourself to get the medicine. YOU have to set out the pills and set the clock. YOU have to clean up your own vomit.. even when you are already super sick. YOU have to disinfect everything when it's all over. Then the most important piece - YOU have to give yourself permission to live in a messier than normal house, that is, until you feel up to cleaning.
I suppose that would also mean YOU have to dial 911 for yourself... hmmm..
2. Heavy grocery bags = workout. No more asking someone else to help you bring stuff up. No one to help you reach those super high shelves. No one to call to bring home the milk. You have to be both strong and not forget to make multiple stops on your way home.
God forbid if you are sick. ;-)
3. You want to eat? YOU have to cook it all. No more waiting for someone to help chop the veggies, or pull the gross bloody meat out of the pack - it's all you.
4. Garbage piling up? It's up to YOU to take it to the dumpster.
5. Filthy tub or toilet? Guess who's stuck cleaning it? Also - toilet gets backup - no more calling in the heavy guns to help you.. it's all you kid. I am learning to become a bit of a plumber.
6. Litterbox issues? It's all me. Yes, I end up walking away - gagging and often times throwing up - but I have no choice.
7. Shoulders hurt? No massages for you. I have to use the back massager, followed by a dose of ibuprofen, then talk a hot bath, to end with a little IcyHot on the spot. If I'm lucky, I can book a massage.. but now that I live alone, who has an extra $75 to indulge? Not me.
8. Left overs. No one to eat them. In the trash they go. Which makes the trash heavier. Booo.
9. Bills? Oh well, sister. It's all you.
10. Finally.. having a bad day? No one to comfort you? Friends busy with their own families? Family busy with their needs? Everyone has something going on? It's up to you to comfort yourself. To treat yourself well. To take care of your needs.
In other words - living alone, and being alone is not for the weak. Not at all.