Moving on your own
Moving out on your own, or leaving the nest as it is commonly knownis an important stage in life that many young adults go through. Notethat it is many young adults who through it but not all. Moving outis caused by many factors and the effect on those who move out aremany. Some are intended while others emerge in the course of time.
A good percentage of those who move out on their own especially aftercollege or after landing their first job are motivated by the desirefor independence and privacy. When one moves out of his or herparent’s home, there is a newfound sense of independence andprivacy. Many people long for that sense of privacy that is sometimesnot available in a living space shared by family. Pop culture such asmovies and TV has popularized the idea of individualism whereindividuals live alone to protect their in their own private space.This way, many young people have been made to think that being coolis moving out of their parents’ house. The same culture also makesfun of adults who still live with their parents. For this reason,young adults who look forward to date, marry, and start a family tendto move out the soonest they can.
Furthermore, one maybe motivated to move out on his or her own so asto be near his or her workplace or even school. This is especiallytrue for young adults who have to relocate to new areas far away fromtheir parents’ house. This way, they are forced to move byeducation or a new job. Others may also be motivated to move out bythe desire for an urban lifestyle or the allure of the life of a bigcity such as New York. Life in a new town may present newopportunities or new experiences that may not be available wheretheir parents live. For others, moving out is forced by parents. Thisis especially common for those adults who have overstayed in thenest.
The effects of moving out are diverse. These effects may vary by themotivations behind moving out and also by the prevailing conditionsand context. However, some effects are common across the board suchas a renewed sense of responsibility. After moving out, individualsare likely to become more responsible adults as they get to makedecisions on their own. They take more control of their lives withoutguidance from parents or guardians. For instance, they learn theimportance of working and making money to cater for their needs suchas rent and food and get used to making decisions.
Additionally, individuals get a new sense of adulthood andachievement. Moving out of the parents’ house is celebrated as animportant stage in life by the modern society. Young people whoundergo this process are likely to earn respect from peers, berespected by adults and considered as mature responsible adults bysociety. Therefore, young adults who get to move out enjoy a sense ofentitlement as responsible adults. They enjoy making simple decisionsabout their life such as the type of furniture to buy and even wherethey live. For others, the effect of moving out is more freedom andflexibility in dating and even starting a family which is largelyviewed as the next logical step for most young adults after movingout.
Therefore, it is clear that the causes of moving out and the effectsof the same vary widely. Nonetheless, it is clear that moving out iswell populated by today’s society and the age at which people moveout vary. Where there are no motivations to move out, then youngadults may remain in their parents until a later date depending onvarious factors. All in all, moving out is caused by cultural andsocial expectations, desire for independence among others and theeffects of doing so include a new sense of adulthood andresponsibility for those who move out.
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