Upon graduating college, I will be moving back home with my mother. When I first began to accept this reality, I was quite disappointed, as I had originally hoped to move out-of-state. After three and a half years of experiencing independence, moving back home seemed to squash my dreams. But since I don’t really have a choice (thank you, bad economy!) I’m forcing myself to see this unexpected reality as a blessing.
1. I’ll be saving money! My mother has agreed to let me move back home without being forced to pay rent. Hooray! I’ll be paying all of my own bills, such as gas, personal expenses, car insurance, and my portion of the cell phone bill. Instead of paying rent and utilities, I will be contributing to the household by cleaning, cooking meals, and splitting the grocery cost.
2. I won’t be lonely. I have a private room on campus, and while it is oh-so-nice, sometimes it gets to be too lonely all by myself. Moving home means I’ll have someone to keep me company.
3. Pets are accepted. As a graduation present to myself, I wanted to adopt a cat, but was unsure about the if of adopting one. As in, if I adopt a cat, what will happen to it if I get an apartment? Thankfully, my mother still has the family cat, Angel. I’ll be able to snuggle with Angel without worrying about having to get rid of her.
4. I get to keep the same doctors, dentists, hairstylists, etc. This is one of my favorite perks of moving back to my hometown. I really like my doctors and dentist and knowing that I’ll be able to continue to see them for the next 3 years makes me feel so much better. I recently found a hairstylist that I actually like, so I’m relieved that I can keep her as well. (Anyone that has gone through the process of finding a new hairstylist understands my pain!)
5. It’s a safety net. As I’ve mentioned on my blog before, I’m nervous about my future career. What happens if I don’t like it? Thankfully, living at home provides me with the security that if things don’t work out in my future career, I will be able to more easily change career paths without worrying about bills that must be paid.