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On My Own

At the end of April I will be moving again. For a long time I’ve dreamed of living on my own and I think I am finally ready to make the dream come true. I spent 21 years living with my parents, 3 years living with roommates, and 3 years living with a boyfriend. Now it’s time to make my own rules.

I’m really looking forward to having a place that is clean. It will be nice to know that I’m not cleaning the place for no reason and that it’s going to look the same when I come home at the end of the day as it did when I left. I want a bath tub that I can actually have a bath in instead of being disgusted to even step into. I want a kitchen sink that is empty to make washing dishes easier. Or even better, a dish washer that will save me a lot of time and stress. I look forward to being able to decorate the place however I want and not worry about what anyone else will think. I want to listen to music whenever I feel like without worrying I will wake someone up. I want to be able to exercise without worrying that someone will see me.

Oh, and the storage! I can’t wait to have all the kitchen cupboards to myself. I am really looking forward to having a spot for everything instead of cramming them into two or three cupboards. I really like to have everything organized and for everything to have a home.

And the fridge! I’ve never had a fridge all to myself before. I am going to be so excited to see everything that I have with one glance instead of having to pull out two other items to get to the one I want. It’s going to look so empty, but I will be able to make more pre-made meals because I will actually have room for it in my freezer. I plan on buying a new slow cooker (I lost the last one in the break up) so I can make meals to last through the week. I’m really excited about that.

I know that living on my own will also have downsides. I will no longer have someone to split rent with. I will have to pay my own power and internet bills. I won’t have someone there to help me when I can’t do something (like opening tough cans!). But I am confident that I can take care of myself. I was always the handyman in the relationship with roommates anyway. I’m excited to be excited about something again. It’s hard to make me excited. I think it’s because every time I get excited I am usually let down. But I have been excited about life again over the last six months and I really hope it continues throughout 2013.