What was your biggest challenge when it came time for you to leave your parental home?
I missed my parents. It was hard to leave because I loved them so much and wanted them to be in my daily life. When I finally did leave, I returned often. But then, I ended up getting focused on my own life and visited less frequently being busy with work, school, friends, etc. But they were always there for me whenever I needed them.
After I married and had children, I returned a lot more as we lived in the same city. I helped take care of my mother when she got cancer. I held her hand as she took her final breath. They both have died, and I miss them terribly.
My own adult children still live with us. We're just a close family, I guess. Growing up doesn't mean having to grow away from each other.
I couldn't wait to be FREE!
The first experience was being dropped off on my college campus. The next experience was moving to Southern California at age 21.
I've always long for the freedom to live my life on (my) own terms. Being a child to me meant you were trapped and forced to do things someone else wanted you to do. Disagreement was not allowed in our household and punishment was oftentimes physical.
I embraced adulthood and never looked back!
The first time I had my own apartment, furniture, car, a job, and the ability to spend my leisure time/money how I saw fit I was in heaven!
My biggest challenge was justifying the time and airfare money to go back home to visit.
Truth be told my parents never truly viewed me as an "adult" until I was out of the house and independently taking care of myself.
How on Earth was I going to pay all those bills? Cost of living is high where I come from.
Hi Cobrien, I agree entirely with that and I don't think its exclusively the high cost of living. Just the realisation of how many bills there are. And the process if being responsible and accountable for paying them. How did you handle it yourself?
My biggest challenge was to get rid of accumulated clothes, papers, photos, and other items hoarded over a period of time. I remember spending hours in my basement discarding, reminiscing. It took me forever because of this task and all the memories and a closing of a chapter in my life. I should have left before reaching the age of 26 and would advise others to spread their wings at an earlier age. My parents were too protective of me, in my opinion. They were very good to me, nonetheless.
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