9 Things your will do the first year you move out
1) You will buy a lot of your favorite foods and get sick of them.
I’m going to be really honest and transparent with you right now. It takes a lot to admit this, but I love creamed corn. I know both the words “cream” and “corn” are very off-putting, but the heart wants what the heart wants, and my heart wants creamed corn. I when I moved out, I stocked up on this delicacy, and quickly became bored with it. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.
2) You will learn how to clean.
Before I moved out, I thought I was rocking it in this department. I could make my own bed, pick up after myself, and keep my room clean. What I didn’t see was this person called, “Mom” working behind the scenes and taking care of everything I missed. When you leave home, Mom isn’t there anymore. That cup you left next to the sink doesn’t magically get washed and taken care of, and the fridge doesn’t clean itself. You have to do that.
3) You will learn how to cook a potato many ways.
For example: baked potato, french fries, potato chips, hash browns, microwaved baked potato (don’t try this), mashed potatos, chopped-up-in-tiny-pieces-and-thrown-in-the-oven potato.
4) You will grow to prefer phone calls over text messaging.
Who has time to wait for a text message response when you have classes to take, homework to do, and a rent to pay? I still get nervous talking on the phone. I haven’t activated my new debit card, despite getting it in the mail a week ago, because I am dreading going through that automated call system, but adults take calls. You’re an adult now, you’ll have to use the phone at some point.
5) You will eat disgusting combinations of food and convince yourself it tastes good.
The thing is, you actually believe it tastes good, until you have a few bites left and realize what you’re eating was a horrible mistake. A few most memorable: baked potato with ketchup, grilled cheese minus the cheese and add pasta sauce, and potato chips and barbecue sauce.
6) You will wear the same pair of jeans three days in a row.
Let’s be real, you did this before, I did this before, and I will keep doing this until the day I die. Just make sure they are regular blue jeans. It’s hard to hide the fact you wore those orange jeans three days straight. Let’s all collectively decide, right now, to stop pretending we are above the blue jean three-peat. Deal?
7) You will kill a bug (or trap it between a cup and a plate until it dies by itself).
I think this one is pretty straightforward.
8) You will try new things.
This past year, for the first time, I ate quinoa, climbed a tree, rode on a city bus, and played disc golf.
9) You will pray.
When you’re on your own, there is so much you could worry about. It’s your job to replace that feeling with faith-filled, scripture-based prayers. Even though this season can be a very stressful time for most people, I remained as cool as a cucumber (which, by the way, you will be buying a lot of because they’re cheap). Praying is such a simple way to ensure you get the most out of your first year away from home.
2nd Year EC Student