Am I Turning Into a Crazy Cat Lady?
WHEN you live on your own, a lot of things start to happen to you. You’ve been through the jeering stage from your friends. The lighthearted jokes about becoming a cat lady, the terrifying stories about things that go bump in the night and the very real fear of what you will do when that massive spider appears.
But you do it anyway – you move in on your own and you have certain expectations. You expect to have friends calling over all the time, you expect to throw lavish dinner parties and throw cheese and wine evenings in your new grown-up pad. Instead your friends only call over when you bother to invite them, you spend way too much time dividing the ingredients of any recipe you attempt so that it’s enough just for one and the closest you get to wine and cheese is a can of bulmers and an easi-single.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with any of this. Expectations are often different from reality and expectations can be altered without any real difficulty. But there are a few things that will happen to you whether you like it or not.
You will get in to a rut. There is no stopping it, you will try your hardest to do something different and get out of the house as often as possible but eventually routine will get you. There will be times where you will only leave your apartment for work, where you will do the same things day in, day out at the same time and you will catch yourself sitting in your pyjamas on a Saturday night trying to come up with an excuse not to go out for the third time in a row. Never fear though, realising you are in a rut is the first step to getting a life, the second is to change out of those pjs and get out from inside those four walls.
You will catch yourself talking to yourself and/or inanimate objects. I’m not entirely sure if this is a symptom of living on your own or getting older but either way it will happen. It will start out innocently, you’ll be watching a funny clip and literally laugh out loud then realise there is no one to laugh with you. But who cares? There is also no one to hear you laughing at people falling over on YouTube. Then you will say things out loud to remind yourself of something you must do, the next thing you know you will be narrating your every move and having full conversations with yourself. There is only one thing to be warned about this. If you start to answer yourself back, get some help!
And finally the number one worst thing that will happen to you when you live on your own is…you will think about getting a cat. I know, I know it’s such a cliche but it will happen. Even, if like me, you are not a cat person you will at one time seriously contemplate getting a cat to keep you company on those long nights in front of Netflix.
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