When you grew up on your parents' side for more than 20 years, it makes you wonder what it would feel like if you move out and live on your own. At first, you'll think you'll finally get the freedom you crave. But once you're already there living life far away from your parents on your own, you can't deny that there had been a few moments that made you want to crawl back there and never leave.
Being in my early 20s, I've experienced that more times than I can count. Living on my own for more than a year now, I used to be embarrassed to admit that I miss my parents because I thought "adults" aren't supposed to get homesick.
But now, I can proudly say that I do miss them a lot which is the reason why I always try my best to be at my parents' house at least once a week. It's almost like a medicine that keeps me feeling young and innocent again!
For anyone who's living on their own, here are a few more moments that you can probably relate to:
1. When I'm handling my bills...
One thing that our parents are pros at is handling money. Every time I see them filling out all these papers and going to certain places to pay, I always assumed it was easy. You just have to sign something and pay, right? Well, that's true for most cases. But there are moments when issues arise, leaving you dumbfounded and wanting for your parentals to come and rescue you!
2. When I achieve something and want to celebrate...
One of the best feelings in the entire world is being able to celebrate your victories, whether it's big or small, with the people you love. As much as I want to do that everytime I achieve something, I couldn't because I live three hours away from them, and I have work on weekdays. At the same time, I don't want them to travel that long just to dine out with me, knowing that they also have other things to do. Luckily, I have my friends with me, but it's still not the same when I'm with my family.
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3. When I need advice...
As you grow up, you realize how important every decision you make in life is. I do believe that I'm walking on the right path because my parents helped me make the right choices when I was younger. But now that I'm far away from them, I would have indecisive moments that would leave me clueless. There's really something about my parents' words of wisdom that make me feel secure all the time, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way!
4. When I don't feel loved and appreciated...
While the act of loving and appreciating yourself when no one can is something we should all learn, there are still days when you need a shoulder to cry on or a cheerleader to motivate you, and my parents have always been those people. It's true that you'll never find unconditional love like they do because, in their world, you always come first. My parents are willing to sacrifice anything including their own desires just to make me happy. That's why now that I'm in my 20s, whenever I'm going through a heartbreak or a misunderstanding with my friends, it's quite impossible to not miss my parents more.
5. When I see other people with their parents...
When you live in a society where family is the most important thing, it's hard not to see a lot of families in every corner of the city. And, most of the time, seeing other people with their parents when you're living far away from yours can make you feel sad. It happened to me a lot of times already since I'm very close to them, but it's something I got used to.
Don't feel embarrassed if you miss your parents because there's nothing wrong with it, and it only means that you appreciate the love they've given you through the years. No matter where we go or what we do in life, our love and desire to be with them will always be there. It can be a difficult thing to get through sometimes, especially during the tough times, but, thankfully, they'll just a phone call away if you can't be with them personally.
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