I could go on with this post claiming that “today’s youth” are struggling with trying to grow up too fast. “Kids in today’s society” are noticeably different compared to the kid’s of the 80’s. But quite frankly, the youth of today and the youth of twenty years ago hold many similarities that I, my parents, my grandparents, and so on can relate to: we all try to grow up when we’re quite not there yet.
It’s a common struggle that late-teens and college kids have a hard time dealing with. We want to move out at the crack of dawn on our 18th birthdays, hoping to never hear our mothers utter the phrase “Can you wash the dishes?” or “Can you pick up your sister?” or “It’s time to get up!” ever again.
I personally have dedicated quite some time figuring out how to move out, live on my own, and possibly not have any other responsibilities for the next few years, but it just doesn’t seem to be a realistic goal.
I’ve come to appreciate my home life, and my parents, and my youth. I’m not even twenty yet and I had wanted to leave home and start my own life in the big bad world, and I’m so grateful I didn’t attempt to.
You think that once you’re on your own that your responsibilities are out the door, and freedom has finally come. Uh, wrong. So so wrong.
If you think you have any freedom, financial freedom especially, you might want to take a long look at your parents bills they have to pay. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars down the drain just to maintain a house. Hundreds of dollars just to put food on the table for your family. Hundreds of dollars for the little things like gifts, special occasions, entertainment, and the other luxuries you probably wouldn’t of thought twice about because you were not paying for anything.
When I turned eighteen and got a brand new car, it didn’t feel so great adding on a car bill every month, happy birthday to me. But that’s just the price I have to pay for nice things. If I’m complaining about a mere car bill, how could I ever live on my own and not complain about all the other bills?
Sorry if this came off as a rant, but it’s something that’s on my mind. Don’t take your parents sacrifices and dedication to you for granted. Don’t waste your time trying to move out when you know you probably shouldn’t. Do take advantage of living at home for a reasonable amount of time. There will come a day when you finally get your “freedom” you so wish to have. 🙂