When you’re at home, everything is easy. Food is never a problem; clothes are always clean and you got the TV just waiting to be turned on after a long day at school. Everything at home is easy.

Now, you have to be independent, from cooking your own food to doing your own laundry and hopefully not coming back to your room with a heap of dirty clothes staring at you. It’s a lot when you’re living away from the comfort of home. I have been living away from home for about 3 years now and let me tell you that the only thing that’s fun is the fact that you have a lot more freedom. Is that a good thing?

I first started to live away from home around 3 years ago. I remember my parents dropping me off and my brother waving goodbye as the car rolled away. It didn’t hit me till I was back in my room that I won’t be seeing them for a while. I had to do everything on my own. It was tiring, from cleaning my own room weekly to doing the laundry every 5 days or so. But I learned to live with it and I have come a long way since then.

The worst part about living away from home is the sudden realization that you’re an adult now. Responsibilities are on you now. You’ll have to make decisions, little or large, on your own now. Any mistake you do is your own now. Everything is up to you and that can get a little daunting at times.

Don’t get me wrong, there are fun things as well that comes with living alone. You can get an ice-cream anytime if you’re near a 24-hour convenience store. You have no curfew, so coming back later affects no one (except yourself of course). You can be as lazy as you want and just be in bed all day. Given all these things, the fact remains that you’re still away from home.

Life away from home means that you’re staying away from your family. I got really homesick for about two months when I first starting living alone. But it gets easier. The thought that you’re going to go back home in a few weeks puts me in a positive mood. I never dwell on the idea that I’m alone. I enjoy being free and responsible for myself and I get to share the things that happened with my family when I go back.

It can be intimidating, especially for people who were very sheltered from young. It won’t be easy, but everyone goes through it at some point. We all become adults and live our own lives.

Life away from home is not an effortless thing, but I’ve grown accustomed to it. You just have to see the bright side!

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