This weekend one of my colleagues at work moved into her new apartment. I'm very happy for her. Helping her out made me reminisce on my own quest to move out of my parents house, and how elated I was when it finally happened.
My parents had no clue as to how much I was dying to leave. I should've left before, but didn't reach my breaking point until my mid twenties. I detested having my every move monitored and scrutinized. Oh how I loathed being grilled about my whereabouts whenever I wanted to go somewhere. The questioning sickened me ... who're you going with, what time are you leaving, what time will you be back, how are you getting there, how are you coming back ... it truly made me angry. I hated not having a life, and not being able to enjoy simple, everyday, youthful fancies. Working secularly enabled me to escape somewhat, but when I wanted a day off from work, just the thought of being questioned about it made me change my mind.
My mom often searched through my things, and read my letters whenever she could get her hands on one. Any scrap of paper that caught her eye would be smoothed out and read too ... boggled my mind what she was hoping to find. One time, she even admitted to searching my room while I was on a short vacation abroad, on the pretense that she couldn't remember the name of the hotel I was staying in!
Once I needed to vent really badly, so I wrote a letter to a classmate. Little did I know at the time, the appropriateness of her response. She told me that I needed space, yes space ... space to thrive. Only when I moved out on my own, did I realize exactly what she meant.
Thriving was such therapy for me. It was absolutely divine being able to do what I wanted, whenever I wanted. No one to question my every move. It was great being able to go clubbing every Friday night, and to the movies every weekend. A day off for rest and reflection was spent doing just that ... no game of 20 questions.
Moving out was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life ... I wish I had done it sooner.