I blame most of my unrealistic expectations on sitcoms. You know people in houses they could never afford with their jobs, homes that were spotless despite multiple children with dual career parents, all problems can be solved in 30 min less commercials, except the really bad problems that were to be continued for another 30 min.
But what about the platonic roommates who live like family?
- Kate and Allie
- Hot in Cleveland
- The Golden Girls
- The Odd Couple
I'm leaving out the shows where the characters were living in a world of extended adolescence like Friends.
The people in the shows above were all fully grown adults with careers, marriages, divorces, families, etc. With the exception of the Golden Girls they were all financially able to live alone. Oscar and Felix both did well for themselves and didn't need to split the rent...like the rest they lived together to form some sort of quasi-family.
So, was/is this a thing in life that is just outside of my world? Do adults choose to live with friends into middle age and beyond because they just want to?
Sometimes I think that could be a kinda cool way to live, or a recipe for disaster, depending on my mood.
Unrelated thought but I hate that THAT GIRL gets credit for being so forward thinking on the feminist front from when to me it's a multi-season ad for purity culture.