Before I moved out of my house in gfw, I thought living on your own would be the funnest thing EVER. Like seriously, no rules, no parents, no curfew. The opportunities (thanks to The Hills) seemed endless. However, now I am on my second year of living alone - although some would argue that res isn't really living on your own - and there are SO many things I wish I had known before I wasn't living under my parents roof.
So without further adieu, What I wish I had known before living on my own:
1. Laundry is a lot of work. Like so much work. I never understood why mom would get mad when she'd spend all day doing laundry and then I would bring down my laundry bag because I forgot. Yes Mom, you should have gotten mad, BECAUSE LAUNDRY IS SO MUCH WORK. I always thought it was simple, just throw it in and then switch it over. This is a lie. Also, do not wait until you have nothing to wear to do laundry because then its even more work.
(the realization sinking in)
2. Your room does not actually miraculously get cleaned when you don't want to do it. Nope. That was mom again. She was right. Its easier to just hang something up or put it away instead of letting a huge pile accumulate and then having to spend an hour doing it. Similar to your bed does not just get made. Your duvet cover does not make it back on the duvet without extreme effort... Sorry to break everyone's heart who still lives at home.
3. Your parents (somewhat annoyingly) are always right. About almost everything. The boy is actually no good for you, your "friend" is not actually your friend, and you will change your major a million times before figuring out what you want to do. I would have saved so many tears and stress if I had listened to them.
4. Nobody actually knows what they're doing out here*. There are very few people that I know that haven't changed their major, or at least strongly considered it. There is the belief in High School that you have to know what you're doing as soon as you graduate. I wish I had known that it was okay to not know.
5. You will spend your time in university perpetually tired. And on the rare chance that you get a night to catch up on sleep, you'll choose to catch up with your friends and get even less sleep. I have never regretted choosing your friends, but I also can't remember the last time I wasn't at least a little tired.
(Neither do I Kim, neither do I)
6. There is ALWAYS something to do. Even when you have everything done. There will still be something to do, and I finally understand the saying "not enough hours in a day" thanks to MUN. Even at CONA the amount of stress was not the same.
7. The only constant for the first little while will be change. I remember when I graduated my mom told me the next 10 years will be filled with the most change for the rest of my life. She wasn't lying. Luckily, its primarily good change.
8. When I moved out, I didn't think I would want to go home again. Nothing against my family or GFW, I just thought my parents would come to see me and that part of my life was over. Maybe that was the nativity, but there is nothing I love more than a weekend home. Sleeping in my own bed in my own house is a level of comfort unmatchable by anything else.
9. You will not eat as healthy as you claimed you would. When I first thought of cooking for myself I thought I would be making salads and chicken breasts and lots of protein and greens and life enriching food. Now, I will admit I could be doing a lot worse, but I am not making myself any 5 star meals with all the benefits.
10. I really will be as fun as you thought it will be. And you will meet life long friends. and everything will eventually work out the way it was suppose to be. And it will open to your eyes to a whole new world that was better than you ever thought it would be.
*DISCLAIMER: Yes, there are people who have known what they wanted to do since they were 8 and will do it and succeed. They are in the minority. and to them, I agree with Kourtney