When I was young, the one thing I always dreamed about was the long awaited day I could pack my bags, move into my apartment and live on my own. Moving out on your own is a time that’s filled with excitement, fear, and even a bit of nostalgia.
What can you expect when moving out on your own for the first time? After a little over a month of moving across the country and living on my own (with lovely housemates to share the experience with) I’ve learned so much about what it means to live away from home. Here are some things to expect before starting this journey of your own:
You’ll Feel Bliss
When you move out, things may seem almost like a dream. Everything is all so new and exciting! There are so many things to do, places to explore and people to meet. You’re in an entirely new place on your own, and have the freedom to do as you wish. It brings on a whirlwind of experiences that leave you ready to take on this new adventure.
There Will Be Panic
You may experience bliss when first moving out, or if you’re anything like me- you may be so terrified that all you feel is fear and panic. Beginnings can be hard and overwhelming, and sometimes our fear is stronger than anything else. You may feel stressed out and afraid about being on your own, but know that this will pass and you’ll feel at home soon enough.
You’ll Miss Home
After the initial excitement and novelty of everything wears off, you will miss your home and your family. It’s completely normal and to be expected- after some time away, we end up missing the things we took for granted. A warm bed, home cooked meals, and the comforting presence of our parents are just a few of the things you’ll wish you had at times. Don’t forget to call and talk to your family every once in a while- it helps with home sickness, and shows them you remember them and miss them too!
You Will Grow
Through the fear, excitement, and experiences you will endure, you will grow so much as a person. Living on your own teaches you how to be financially responsible, organized, independent, and so much more. You will face obstacles, you will make mistakes, and you’ll learn from them and gain confidence in yourself. You might feel like a failure when everything seems to be going wrong- but you’ll learn the most from those moments. There is no better way to grow as a person than to become self reliant and live on your own.
Moving out on your own is an experience that we will all have to go through one day. It’s an amazing journey filled with moments of self- discovery, self growth and self love which shouldn’t be missed out because of fear of failure or of change. Have you ever lived on your own? How was your experience? I’d love to hear about what you think!