If the prospect of living alone seems frightening, there may be some aspects of single living you haven’t considered. Many who live alone have praised its rewards. Here are some of the reasons living by yourself may be the right choice for you:

1. Express Yourself

One of the most fun reasons to live alone is the opportunity to decorate your home, in whichever way you’d like. If you want bright colors and polka dots, no one will be there to tell you those choices don’t make sense. You can unleash your inner artist – and hang your paintings or needlework on your walls. You can put everything where it makes sense, and where you can reach it, when you arrange the kitchen shelves.

You’ll also learn about bargain hunting as you plan your new place. For example, you may want vinyl siding on your home’s exterior. But statistics show installing vinyl siding on a 1,800-square-foot home could cost about $4,500. However, you’ll find prices of vinyl range from $1 to $8 per square foot by shopping around.

2. Know Yourself

You’ll learn how amazing you are when you are the only person in your home. You’ll find out you can beautifully reorganize your closet. You’ll realize you have hidden cooking talents. Those secret ramen hacks your college roommate taught you don’t have to define your dinners.

You’ll discover your inner self. You can take a good look at who you are- and decide who you want to become. Spend time considering your future, and then make a plan that helps you realize those dreams are within your grasp. You’ll learn the essence of yourself and admit that you like who you are.

3. Teach Yourself

When discovering yourself, your plans may require you to learn new skills. If you’ve overextended yourself financially, you’ll need to understand the strict rules of thrifty living. If you realize you’re a poor housekeeper, you’ll learn how to develop self-discipline. If you wish you’d finished college, you can earn your degree online – and no one else will be vying for computer time.

Some of your lessons may bring you new creativity. Take those piano lessons you’ve always wanted. Learn yoga – (for doing all that inner reflection.) Yoga may result in a more relaxed lifestyle. If you’re planning a vacation, learn the language of the place you’ll be visiting.

4. Pamper Yourself

You can indulge in one or two indulgent decoration decisions when you’re the only person in your home. For example, if you’ve always dreamed of a house with a skylight, you’re not alone. According to Arizton, consumers spent over $3 billion to create skylights in 2022. Researchers predict that amount could be almost $4.5 billion by 2028. If you’ve always wanted a backyard Jacuzzi, that could be a well-deserved indulgence. It will help you relax and soothe your muscles after your workout. Not only that, but it will also boost your home’s resale value.

5. Protect Yourself

If you find yourself in an abusive relationship, moving to your own place will free you from that destructive atmosphere. If your former partner was physically abusive, affirm your self-worth by pressing charges. Don’t be intimidated by the realization that a conviction for assault and battery could result in 90 days in jail for your ex – or being responsible for paying court costs.

You deserve a place where you can be safe. After being in an abusive relationship, you need time to heal. Remind yourself you deserve a supportive relationship. Most of all, you deserve to treat yourself like the valuable person you are.

As you can see, living alone doesn’t have to be frightening. Not only will you discover who you are, but you’ll realize you’re a person worth knowing. So go ahead and sign that lease – you’ll be glad you did!