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5 Tips for Those who May Age Alone

Updated: Mar 11


A young boy observing the buildings around him.


Introduction


Living alone can be hard for some people. However, it may be inevitable for others, as not everyone will succeed in finding a partner, assuming they want one. There may also be people who do not want a partner and prefer to live alone. For those who do not know, I am a self-described asocial man, as I mostly find true peace within solitude. I also wrote a guide on finding peace.


Like some people, who just prefer to keep to themselves until they die in their own homes, I don't know if I'll find a partner to live with, as it is more often than not, lonely at the top. So, being the faithful writer than I am, I decided to write (and revamp) an article about aging alone for my readership.

The Tips


Although I am a relatively-young man, I do have some insights to share with those who, voluntarily or involuntarily, may live alone for a long time. Regardless of the reasons and factors behind living alone, consider these 5 tips if you live alone and/or worry that you might live by yourself for the rest of your life:



1. "Alone" in the context of aging refers to aging without a romantic partner. However, you do not have to be generally alone in order to age without a partner, making the term "alone" case-specific. Even as an aged man or woman, you can still have people around you to support you, such as family, friends, and so on. That is without the necessity of a romantic partnership.


So, if you want to feel less lonely, you can have other people around you that are not romantically involved with you. I myself have apprentices, so if you'd like to be my apprentice and perhaps philosophize a bit, as well as recieve a special, weekly newsletter, please apply at mrtomasio@philosocom.com


2. Prepare to find yourself bored from time to time, if not for extended periods of time. Even if you find ways to entertain yourself and do other things that lead to productivity, boredom can sometimes be inevitable. Instead of seeing it as an unwanted occurrence, one can see it as a potential to find new things to do and to indulge in. The internet could, in theory, eradicate your boredom.


3. Make sure you are independent enough to endure a retired life in seclusion. If you are not independent enough, you may find this way of life to be harsher than it could have been. The issue of independence applies in many aspects, from the means of transportation to the means of being able to manage one's finances. Consider your finances wisely and you'll be able to manage independently at least in that department, whether partially or completely. Being physically fit can also make you more independent from the help of others (Carrying groceries, cleaning the house by yourself, etc). That's even more true when you grow older.


4. The issue of health also has aspects that may affect each other. If you completely neglect exercise, it may affect your mental state poorly, and vice versa. Keep a healthy lifestyle not only to extend your lifetime but also to preserve one's wellbeing as time goes on. Good wellbeing can allow you to function better and thus, depend less on others.


5. The solitary retired life includes a lot of time to be spent. This is an opportunity to master whatever skill or field of knowledge you are interested in, and not necessarily only one. There is so much potential to be grasped when one is alone, and it is unfortunate to see people ignoring it altogether. I personally utilized my solitary lifestyle to master the art of writing philosophy articles, compose music, and overall try to be a better philosopher.

Summary


To summarize, living alone as an aging (or even younger) person, even though it may be difficult, is not entirely impossible. When utilized, it can bring much potential in terms of productivity and insight-seeking. In a way it can even make the world a better place using the skills you can hone while you're alone.


Missing out on the times of being alone can also be considered as a wasted potential, as it can allow you to work and become the best version of yourself, and appreciate yourself as a being that exists beyond society. Even if you live by yourself, it is no shame to seek help in whatever activity or problem you need assistance in, in the sense that you cannot do it yourself and competently succeed.


I hope these tips are helpful. Living alone can be a rewarding experience, but it is important to be prepared for the challenges that come with it.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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