Moving out for good is one of the greatest fears I have. I am born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. But my family follows Filipino Culture and parenting. Thus, moving out is a big issue in our family.
My parents are the best, they provide what I need and even supportive whatever my passion is. For the twenty-six (26) years of my existence. They never failed to guide, lead, and inspire me. They even saved me many times whenever I am on my “critical wallet days”. My mom and dad is reaching 60 already. Reason why I am pressured the past few days. They are not getting any younger, so do I.
Millennials nowadays prefer to live with parents even when they are already employed. This is because, people think it is being “practical” or “we can save more money” mindset. I am not against people living with their parents until now, it is completely your choice.
But to my friends and readers out there who feel and plan to move out for good anytime soon? Are you ready to apply what you have learned from home and experience hardships and struggles?
Here are the five (5) things I realized on the second day of being independent and to achieve growth along the way:
1. What you really want in life
Know what you really want in life. May it be your needs or luxuries. Are you comfortable living in a condo or a big house to fill stuffs as time goes by? Is it near your workplace? Is your house or condo near any market or a village with high-security policy? It is easier to know all of these by listing it so you can narrow down where you will start or what you to prioritize first.
2. Be practical and know your financial capacity
Learn how to budget for yourself. Plan what you need for the whole week ahead of time. Food and drink, bills like electricity or water utility bill, monthly rental dues (whenever it is applicable). I realized last time that I am no longer into brands, but more of the price. Price over brand. Quality over brand. Moving out already taught me of not being blinded by brands or advertisements. Also, make sure that whatever house or condo you will have, should be 20 or 30% only of your monthly earnings. I actually pay only five-thousand monthly for my house, which is just around 5 or 10% of what my monthly salary is.
3. Be extra careful with yourself and house
Living independently means being careful with yourself and loving yourself more. This means you always prioritize your safety or security. If there are any Police station nearby your house or condo, if the streetlights are well-lit at night, good and peaceful neighborhood, and install a CCTV if possible and can afford.
4. Know who to deal with
Always get to know who your neighbors are. One of my Supervisors in the office advised me to be friendly with my neighbors, because they are also the ones who will help you whenever you are in need in any case of emergency.
5. Build a tough and trusted circle of friends. Keep it small.
I have been avoiding some friends or people that has really nothing to do with me in the future. Who’s completely unsupportive and remember me all along. When people tends to pull you down and breaks your heart (not only your partner but even friends), decide immediately if you still want to have them along your way. Creating a small circle of friends but is trustworthy and who will be by your side may it be through ups or downs is one of the best blessing we will ever have in life. Close friends are like the second family that God will give us.
Now if you are prepared and have checked this 5 things to know before moving out, then I am wishing you a good luck to your new journey and may God bless us! Remember, it will really be hard at first. All the craziness and doubts and overthinking, you will experience all of it, but I know you can do it. Just keep on moving forward and seek God for guidance and signs for every step you will make.
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