Home Is Where the Wifi Is: Leaving the Nest, Forgetting How to Fly and Eventually Finding Shelter Elsewhere

The first step towards anything is always the hardest. I’m sure some poet or wise man adorned in a toga said that, but it’s true. It applies not only to beginning this year long look at being an adult, but also deciding where to actually start this whole thing. Clearly the title has let you know we’re going in on living situations and kicking off with moving out. It’s something I did not too long after college but have noticed is a foreign concept to most people you’d call my peers based solely on age. While Grace Sloan Overton states in Living with Parents, “Parents are wonderful people,” I think you have to agree with comedian Pete Holmes when he lamented, “I can’t be grown at home.” That is why it was pivotal to start here, even though Lena Dunham’s proven sex is a greater kick off point – we’ll get to that later, I promise.

There’s a sense of comfort knowing your rent will be paid, food will always be in abundance and the idea of running out of toilet paper is drama you’ll never face. That’s what living at home is like. So when you decide to pack up and go out on your own, it’s scary. You soon realize school did not prepare you at all. You attained the basic math skills to know you’ll have enough left over after you send that rent check and give to the demons that are Time Warner for exactly two days worth of food. How you’ll stretch it out – hopefully there’s a book for that at the library because fuck buying anything that isn’t a necessity.

Moving out puts a heavy dose of responsibility on a person. Paychecks are no longer just for fun. Like I said, they’re for necessities like food, water and nuisances like rent and car insurance. In Paul Moves Out, a graphic novel mirroring a Sunday funny, the title character works as a freelance graphic designer and shares an apartment with his girlfriend. His spending habits are cause for concern but what this tale fails to ever present are the repercussions of his actions. Moving out forces you into reality, and that idea can often fail to make an impression on those who continue to reside in their childhood bedroom.

My younger brother is an artistic, unemployed 22-year-old father of one who just scored his diploma. His home is still the smallest room in our mom’s trailer. When asked when he’s leaving, he simply tells her what he believes is true – she should move and leave him the double wide.  The problem with this kid, other than his innate ability to be lazy and immature, is that our mom enabled him from seeing how life really is. Sheltering him and then wanting to force him out – her threats are met with mere laughs and careless looks.

Now when should he have flown the nest? That is possibly as hard to answer as “where should he’ve moved?” That is all up for debate because if you were to ask me, 18 would be the answer. Ask someone else, they’d say when they’ve saved up enough. Some believe in struggle and some believe in Santa Claus. As annoying as Taylor Schilling may be on Orange is the New Black, she preached some truth in her 2015 Rolling Stone interview when she said, “If you’re really living it, life is complicated.” With that, despite the timing and location, you can’t be grown at home and moving out is a bare necessity of life – no matter how hard it may seem.

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The Highs and Lows of Moving Out

  1. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 90% of us move out by the time we’re 27.
  2. Out of the people I surveyed, only 12% lived at home still. Which means I know who didn’t click.
  3. When it came to how far they got away from home – 40% of you packed up and headed to a whole new state, while 32% stayed in the same town.
  4. While I thought most would say people should save up before they move out, 40% of you said to just go for it.
  5. When it came to the biggest high of moving out, most of you agreed it was the feeling of independence, while the obvious low was paying rent.

The days that follow will have a variety of sorts. A paralegal who seems to depend on no one will share what it’s like to be an independent woman. I will then let you know how real the struggle is while also diving into Zach Braff’s best. Lastly we’ll look at some affordable cities for those still not packed and ready to go.


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