In September of 2019, I moved out for the first time for university. I know a lot of people say it, but moving out has taught me a lot, especially about myself. It’s safe to say that I’ve grown a lot in a very short space of time - the person I was when I first moved out and the person I am now is different. I’ve genuinely learnt things about myself that I otherwise wouldn’t have learnt. Moving out changed me by teaching me important life lessons. If you are moving out for the first time, it will most likely change you too.
What moving out for the first time taught me & how it changed me:
Embrace time alone
Moving out allowed me to learn to be okay being by myself. One of the things I have struggled with in the past is being happy when I’m by myself. Enjoying my own company and drawing a distinction between time alone and feeling lonely. Being lonely and being alone are two very different things- you can be alone and feel good about yourself. Knowing how to feel good when alone without others is an important life skill. Moving out from home, I had more time to myself. This helped me learn to be more at peace when alone and even feel happy being by myself whilst maintaining a healthy balance of seeing others. I now value time to be by myself in my own thoughts a lot more.