The Truth About Moving Home After Graduation

“Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew. I said I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.” -Unknown

FullSizeRender.jpgMoving home after you receive that diploma may sound charming, right? No rent. Free food. Family meals. The list could go on. But what you don’t realize is that you’re about to be tossed back through a time warp into your pre-college days.

That drama that you left behind in high school? It comes back. That couple that you can’t believe is still together? You’ll see them at the gas station. That bar that you loved so much because you could get in with a fake ID? Filled top to bottom with children that cannot be much older than 17 (aka ruined). So much of what you left behind [on purpose] shows right back up at your doorstep.

Yes, it’s great to connect with your high school friends who you don’t get to see that often. And it’s a great comfort being in the town where you grew up and know every neighbor by name. It’s nice to be in your bedroom that you’ve had for the past 20-some years of your life.

But to me, graduating is supposed to be the start of the rest of your life and a chance to move on. A chance to do your own thing and not rely on your family for a crockpot meal at 6:00pm. Move out. Make new friends. And then enjoy coming home for holidays and just to say “hi.” Live your life and love it. Be optimistic and don’t feel stuck.

Until next time.

Always, K.

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