I have come to the conclusion that man/woman was not created to live alone.

Living alone robs one of a) sharing one’s hopes, dreams and desires, b) having company with meals, and c) companionship on weekend trips, a day’s visit to a museum, concert, theater or amusement park.

When living alone, things go fairly well because a routine is usually followed. However, when one becomes ill or incapacitated, that is when the situation becomes major. One has to force oneself, almost beyond physical strength, to do the mere necessities of life for survival.

This is when one has to depend upon kind friends who selflessly assist you. Friends are treasures on earth.

Living alone makes you the “odd” one, and I mean in numbers when you are invited to a family gathering or a get-together with friends. Many times you are not invited to a wedding or another special occasion because you are a single person.

I thank God through His grace, He has blessed me in many ways of my living alone. However. There are times it ain’t no fun being single.

May I say if one is married, life becomes much easier because of dependency on each other. Therefore, if you are single, get married, find a roommate or stay with your family as long as possible, or rent a house with two or three close friends.

In conclusion, some of you who read this article may not agree with what was written, but try to remember this is “Maggie’s Meow.” At any rate, whether you live alone or are married, I wish you a happy and healthy life.

Amen and Meow.

Maggie Ishino is a Rafu typist. She can be reached at Opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of The Rafu Shimpo.

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  1. Lately, all the Rafu’s columnists have written about facts of growing old and its problems, like living situations and all the problems of obtaining decent, affordable housing and costly medical care.

    Well truthfully, old age does not tend to make you very hopeful. It’s not a hopeful time of life. (Youth is; it has to be); and in old age – you have seen enough environmental things go to ruin that it gets a litttle harder to be hopeful. And when you’re watching your generation destroy our habitat, like global warming as we are doing, it is quite a job to remain optimistic.

    The future, we are also talking about the huge social change in gender, and the relative position of men and women; the changes are painful to some, but they have happened, and they will continue to evolve; whether you are single, married or living together.