I didn’t really want to leave the nest

2016-03-09 06:00
Oteng Mpete

Oteng Mpete

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MILLENNIALS are more likely to take their time achieving traditional milestones – like leaving home, marriage and parent-hood.

The living-at-home-phenomenon seems to be a growing and accepted trend.

Honestly though, do we blame millennials? After university, life starts happening. And it kicks off with the frightening possibility that you might not have it all planned out and you need to move back home.

You might not earn enough to survive the economic downslope, so you pack your bags and seek refuge – at home with your parents.

I had to leave home. I would have much preferred staying at Mom and Dad’s rather than paying extortionate rental prices for an apartment with an almost hot geyser and loose tiles.

The decision to be totally independent was made for me by life.

Life is complicated.

You make plans and have expectations, but all too suddenly you realise that reality means being able to make the dreaded decisions that will help you long-term.

I envy my friends who still live at home, for whatever reasons or circumstances put them back there.

Unfortunately, the stigma still hangs over those who live at home – lazy, unaccomplished and running out of time to get their lives together.

Sometimes, the difficult decision is choosing to stay at home, showing some patience (especially when this life thing gets hard) and getting out on the other side in as close to one piece as possible.

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