What emerges over time, for those who live alone, is an at-home self that is markedly different — in ways big and small — from the self they present to the world.Until they're interviewed by the NYT. Then they present that self to the world.
Oh, well... anyway... I enjoyed reading this article, because I had this attitude myself as a woman living alone, and it's an attitude that curls back on itself and makes you think you have these special freedoms that would hurt too much to sacrifice. Here I am, expressing myself on the subject in the summer of 2008:
In the summer of 2009, I would get married, after learning that I really can be myself and be free in the constant presence of another human being. I had no idea!