Growing up reflections & other things.

Hey everyone,

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! And of course, if you’re reading this later on, that life is treating you well in general 🙂

SO. I went home for the first time this past weekend. I have not slept in my Belleville bed for the last 2 months, and I cannot explain to you how familiar/weird that was for me. I got all choked up when I opened my front door and my mama was sitting in the chair as per usual, just waiting for me. It felt so good to be back where my roots are. I enjoyed an amazing two days with my family and some friends, and it was just enough of a kick for me to feel grounded again. Being surrounded by the people who made me who I am was fulfilling and restorative to my confidence (to say the least). Image

 

When I was in Belleville, I kept thinking about how different it was to go home now that I didn’t really live there – there were towels laid out for me instead of me taking my blue one off the towel rack. When my mom asked me if I had seen something she lost, I had no idea where to start looking. I visited my old workplace and didn’t know half of the employees. I even went to the local mall with my sister and the stores had changed and swapped around. Life back home didn’t stop when I went away…not that I had expected it to.

Then I thought about my life, and the way my routine had drastically changed. When I came back to my vanilla-scented dorm in the city, I was greeted with a bunch of to-do’s and a super reflective attitude. While I love living on my own and having more responsibilities, I also realized that being a ‘grown-up’ must have seemed much more glamorous to me as a child.

Now, I have to do my own dishes and laundry and keep my room straight. I did all of these things at home, but now they seem like bigger tasks, and since no one is calling me out on not having done them, I have a tendency to put them off…DON’T WORRY, I never get so desperate as to run out of clean underwear 😉 I have learned that procrastinating with housework is the LAST thing I should ever do…but I forget that sometimes.

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I am the one who decides if I’ll go to bed at a reasonable hour, if I’ll meet up with friends, and if I’ll party on a Monday (I do not recommend this to anyone, Tuesday will kick you in the behind). I am the only one being held accountable for my behaviour, and I’m also the one who needs to deal with the consequences – good OR bad. 

I’m learning to speak in financial terms when I go to the bank, and how to not be embarrassed when calling a customer service helpline. I fill out paperwork with a different phone number, and am totally free to eat candy for breakfast (it happened one Sunday, don’t judge me…). 

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I thought I knew what I was getting into…and I was sort of right. I was as prepared as I could have been, but all change takes adjustment and it’s naive of anyone to overlook that fact. Change is inevitable, change is healthy. Change is exciting, adventurous, intimidating, and unknown.

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Change is one hell of a ride, but I can tell you right now that you’ll love it – with bumps along the road and all. 

Much love and DFTBA, 

– K

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