Living in a building where everyone minds their business is a good deal for the most part. However, it can also be tricky dealing with your neighbours, especially if you don’t have any form of a talking relationship with them.
Well, let’s see.
1. You probably don’t see them a lot. And when you see them, you can never decide if greeting them is worth the trouble
It’s natural to be friendly with your neighbour but since that’s hardly the case for you, you can never decide if you should greet them or not. You don’t want to come off as rude, but you also don’t want them to think you’re desperate for a relationship with them. This dilemma lasts only for a few weeks, though. After a while, your default mood switches to “Why can’t they also greet me first?”
2. Moving your cars for each other is always an awkward moment
If you and your neighbour don’t talk, then the plan is to keep your interactions to a minimum. Guess what can stand in the way of that? Cars.
It’s always stressful thinking about knocking on their door to tell them that their car is blocking your way out. Sometimes, you even consider leaving your car at home that day. And all of this because you’re not fans of speaking with each other. Tough!
3. They will never help you turn your gen off when NEPA brings light
Living alongside each other is almost like walking on eggshells, so nobody wants to cross their lane. But there’s a downside to this: they will hardly help with basic things like turning your gen off when there’s light. But can you blame them?
4. Also, you have to live with the fact that you can’t ask for help that requires you to go into their apartment
You know this, so you have the essentials in your apartment and replace them when you need to. You swear you don’t need them until life comes for you.
Think about this: It’s 10 p.m., and they just took light. Then you tried to put on the gen, and it didn’t come on. Usually, you would take your L and go to sleep. However, your devices are low and you have a deadline to beat.
Your neighbour’s gen is running, but you can’t ask to charge your devices at their place because you’re convinced that they hate you.
5. Being in a WhatsApp group with them is the worst thing ever
You may not have any form of relationship with your neighbour, but chances are that you’re in a WhatsApp group with them. You live in the same building after all. The days the WhatsApp chat comes alive are literally the worst for you, especially if it’s about a repair or maintenance issue. This may not be a problem if you’re not an overthinker. But if you are, you obsess about every text sent to the group and wonder if there is a sub aimed at you somewhere in there.
6. When they help you with something, you question their intentions
Deep down, you know it’s not that deep. But there is a tiny voice in your head screaming at you and trying to convince you they are up to no good. Pro tip: ignore that voice.