Do you remember the time when you were at home, may be when you were in school or college? You were bored of staying at home. You wanted to go to a new city, to be independent, to live by yourself! And when that opportunity knocks at your door, you grab it with both your hands. Sometimes your parents may ask you to let it slip away. But that is a different story. So finally when you fly away from your cocoon here is what happens!
1. The beginning is always fun
A new city, new surroundings, new people, a different way of life! It is all so exciting. A new beginning is what you seek and a new beginning is what you get!
2.You enjoy being a free bird
After all these years of being at home, you are now a free bird. Well there will be some restrictions. But hey, you are independent now. You can take care of yourself.
3. And then life happens
Staying away from home has its own benefits. But everything has a difficult part of it right? The clothes won’t magically clean, dry, press and fold the themselves. The food won’t get prepared by itself. Yes you can order, but for how long? You then realize that it is not as easy as you thought it was.
4. You learn to do your own chores
Well you may have done all your chores at home. But on those occasional days when you were too tired or too lazy to do something, mom took care of all of it. May be you would be scolded for all the hundred and one things that you should have done but didn’t do. But then, the work is done if you are at home. But not the case when you are living by yourself. Mom won’t come and do everything for you. You have to get things done. You begin to appreciate all that your parents have done for you so far.
5. The Status updates continue
No these are not the Facebook Status updates. Did you think the “Did you eat something?”, “Where did you go?”, “Why late?” would stop. No definitely not. Now that you are away the watchful eye may not be there, but the anxious parent brain will ensure that they are kept posted.
6. You begin to miss home
The new life may be exciting; full of new things to do and new friends to make. But the warmth of familiarity is always endearing. You begin to miss your family, your favourite spot at home, the food that mom makes, your friends and neighbours back at your place, the familiar streets which you knew like the back of your hand. One day when you are sitting alone and have nothing to do, all of the memories rushing back to you. You miss home, and maybe you may also cry.
7. And then you fall sick
Missing home is one thing, but missing home when you are sick is at a totally different level. You must take care of yourself. Mom won’t come to check on you every single time. The calls may continue but then you have to take care of yourself. You may feel like it was better if you were at home. And maybe you will cry.
8. You emerge stronger
The struggle makes you stronger. You learn to take care of yourself and all your belongings. You learn to live by yourself. You may falter at times but you know how to stand back up. You feel better. You feel stronger.
9.And it is time to go home
You check the calendar and you keep checking it repeatedly. You look for long weekends because then you can go home. The tickets are booked as soon as they are open for booking. The bags are packed well in advance because you so excited to go home. You can’t be late. You can’t miss that bus/train/flight.
10. Home. Pampering level- 20,000
And when you finally arrive at home you are the king/queen! A royal treatment awaits you. All of your favourite dishes are prepared and immaterial of whether you have put on weight in the time that you were away, you still appear weak to the people at home. To them, you have always lost weight and their mission? To ensure that you weigh the double of what you currently weigh!
Did this post ring a bell? Did it make you nod your head constantly in agreement? Or are there other things that you went through when you first moved away? This was all based on my experience and written on the request of a dear friend of mine. Hope you loved reading. More such lists to follow. Suggestions welcome!
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