Living away from home is a big step for many reasons. There are so many phases of emotion people go through when they first move, but eventually they realise it was the best thing they have ever done. The lessons you learn when you’re alone are lessons you use for the rest of your life. It’s also a great way to have hilarious stories to tell your friends. Here are twenty things only people who live away from home can really understand.
1. You learn to enjoy being alone.
The quiet is disturbing at first, and you may find it difficult to get used to. Eventually, you learn to enjoy the quiet and learn that being alone is time for you to spend with yourself, which is very therapeutic. It becomes something you miss when you go back to visit your family from time to time.
2. You have the opportunity to figure out what your thoughts on things are.
When you live at home, you are surrounded by people who have different opinions and these opinions have an effect on how you think. When you are alone, you have time to really find out what you think about certain things and develop your own set of beliefs.
3. You realise you are stronger than you had realized.
When you’re faced with adversity, you seem to muster up strength you never knew you had. Only when you live alone do you really see how strong you actually are when dealing with stressful situations.
4. You appreciate the little things.
You never realised what a blessing it was to have a fridge full of groceries and a table ready with dinner when you were living at home. When you live away from home, you come home to a dark house and bills. You will never take things for granted ever again.
5. You learn to be more aware of your responsibilities.
When you live alone, you develop a biological alarm clock that reminds you to do important things. This biological alarm clock doesn’t exist initially; it grows over time, and when it does, you end up being pretty proud of yourself.
6. You can blast music throughout your house and dance with no inhibitions.
There is nothing more liberating than turning up the volume and just letting go of all your stress, which is something you can only do if your not in a house full of people.
7. You become more aware of money and when not to spend it.
You have the balance of your debit account recorded in your mind, and you mentally subtract from it every time you spend, making sure you don’t go past your budget. Sometimes you do spend too much, and when that does happen, you spend the rest of the month never leaving your apartment.
8. You tend to double check if you locked the door and turned the stove off multiple times in one night.
You can never be too careful. You do not want to be the person that sets the fire alarm off at three in the morning.
9. You learn to appreciate just how much you enjoyed being around your family, even if you didn’t realize it when you were living with them.
You miss their dumb jokes at the dinner table. You actually just miss having them at the dinner table. Any chance to Skype with them is just bliss.
10. You learn to self motivate.
With no one around to tell you what to do, it’s easy to get carried away, but you find a way to motivate yourself to do work. When you do end up getting work done, you feel pretty good about yourself.
11. You develop some kind of organizational skills.
Even if things don’t seem organized to everyone around you, you understand your system and that’s the most important thing.
12. You learn to appreciate the things that were done for you when you did live at home.
Now that you have to do them all yourself, you see how hard they actually were. Paying bills and writing checks are not exactly fun jobs. You are grateful that these jobs were once done for you, but appreciate that you are learning to do them yourself.
13. You become an expert multi-tasker.
Multi-tasking is the best way you can make maximum use of your time. You never realized there would come a time when you had to stir spaghetti sauce whilst you were sweeping the floor and reading simultaneously.
14. You find that almost everything in life requires filling out forms.
You spend ninety percent of your time ticking boxes and signing on dotted lines. If these forms were a final exam you would probably get a hundred percent.
15. When you take important phone calls, you find that you have slowly transitioned from being awkward to actually sounding like a grown-up.
You hang up and you realize that you managed to make it through the phone call without saying anything awkward and that’s when you know you have won at life.
16. You fake being an adult so well that you eventually become a fully functioning one.
During some point of your life away from home, you will have an out of body experience where you will watch yourself be such a grown up that you won’t even recognize yourself. It’s a pretty spectacular moment that you’ll cherish for a long time.
17. You become good at responding to unexpected changes.
You eventually deal with them calmly and rationally, which is a change from how you first used to deal with them. You are impressed with how well you handle erratic situations, but are glad you developed this vital life skill.
18. You are a master at keeping in touch with people because you are so used to living away from people you love
Technology is your best friend when it comes to keeping in touch with people.
19. You learn to enjoy change and transitioning more than you used to
You learn that change is a part of life and you find that change builds character. You look at any potential changes as challenges that you will eventually master and learn valuable lessons from.
20. You hold on to things less tightly
You become good at letting go of things and moving on, which is a big part of growing up.
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