Moving away from home in my early 20 s has helped me become stronger, more aware, and most of all, more thankful. This article is intended to help illustrate how and why I think its a good idea to leave your hometown at a young age.
Ive made some pretty good decisions in my life. I can confidently admit that. Ive done a lot of things in my life that Im happy about. There are a lot of times I can reflect back on and genuinely be glad that I made a certain decision and it led me to where I am now.
For example, Im genuinely glad that I worked hard in school and that I was receptive to my mothers when they were telling me education was important. Even though I didnt make straight As and often got into arguments with my mothers about my grades( I guessed a B was good enough ), my good GPA allowed me to get into a good college and actually stimulated me one of the first in my family to graduate with a four-year degree.
Along with that, Im happy about the college I chose and built the friends that I did. I dont know where I would be without a lot of the people in my life, and I owe a lot of that to my 4 years spent at Duquesne University.
However, up to this point, there is nothing I can be more thankful for than the fact that I moved 1,100 miles back right after college. This arguably has taught me more about life, myself, and others than anything else ever has. I wanted to share some of the things Ive learned along the way, which again is the intention of this article.
I am writing this with two people in mind.
The person who is currently living in their hometown without a real reason to stay there. Maybe you have considered moving away from home before, but something maintains holding you back. Youre not sure what it is. Maybe its the fear of the unknown, maybe you dont want to be lonely, perhaps youre trying to be smart-alecky with money( I get it ), or maybe its just the simple fact that you like where you are and dont want to leave.
The person who actually has moved from home, has had a great experience, and can relate to some of the unbelievable things that happen as a result of trying something new.
So, coming from somebody who was once Person 1 and now happily can consider himself in the Person 2 category, Ive come up with 30 reasons to show why moving away from home was the best the actions of my life to date.
( Disclaimer: Before 25 years old was not meant to be exact. This listing is true for many other ages. The main overarching point is that moving somewhere new at a relatively young age is really helpful about to begin .)
Here is the list, based on my personal experiences…
1. You will learn what it means to be truly independent.
You will learn what it takes to not will vary depending on others for assistance with every little thing. Youll figure out what to do if your tire pops, when your air conditioner breakings, when you dont know what to cook for yourself without immediately relying on family and people you know. It feels good to figure things out on your own.
2. Conversations are easy and interesting.
People in your new city will find you interesting and ask about where youre from. Youll do the same for them and it will be fun to talk about similarities, changes, and past experiences.
3. You arent tied down with commitments.
If youre going to uproot your life and do something entirely different or risky, you might as well do it before having kids, a family, and multiple established reasons to stick around. When else will you get to do it?
4. You can start altogether fresh.
If youre unhappy with their own lives at home, need a change, or made some mistakes, it can be hard to move forward. If you want to re-brand or re-invent yourself, are moving allows you to start over with a clean slate.
5. Drake was wrong new friends.
There is no such thing as not constructing new friends. Well there is, but its boring. There are plenty of ways to attain new friends in a new city. After moving to Florida and assuring others do the same, I reflect back on how everybodys group of friends is now completely different from what it once was. And nobody has lost their original friends merely gained new, great ones. Its always fun when your hometown friends come together with your new friends too, so it helps you look forward to those kinds of meetings as well. On top of that, I met a great daughters who I likely wouldnt “ve met” had I not come to Florida.
6. Networking opportunities effortlessly happen.
You will fulfill people that will change their own lives from a professional or personal standpoint. Ive fulfilled so many people in Florida that have helped me move up professionally as well as helped me develop spiritually. This will effortlessly happen when you move.
7. New skills that wouldnt happen otherwise.
Youll learnt new abilities by moving away from home. I get golf lessons in Florida, which is something I likely never would have done in my hometown. Also, I now know a ton about data analytics and all sorts of paid media, who are not able to have happened had I not constructed the leap.
8. You hear different perspectives.
Gaining new views is a huge part of moving away from home. At home, you only know the perspective of people who had a very similar experience to yours. You all went to the same high school, knew the same people, went to the same places, and had the same favorite teams. You will meet people whose mindsets and backgrounds will inspire you and maybe even teach you something about yourself that you never unlocked before.
9. Different weather.
Moving from Pittsburgh to Tampa was shocking because I had never gotten so much Vitamin D in my life. Whether its moving from cloudy to sunny, rainy to dry, sunny to cold, you will find new climate which will lead to new things to do, and maybe even an appreciation for what you had experienced before.
10. Different things to do.
I used to always hang out with my same couple of friends, go to the same couple of bars, hang out at the same homes afterwards, on the same days of the week, at the same hours. And its always the same people at those bars, every time. I do such a variety of things now and its so much more interesting. Moving away from home may freak you out because your mind is trained that there are only a limited number of things to do. But when you leave, you realize that it is all dependent on your place, your friends, the weather, your job, and many other factors that will likely give you so many more options.
11. Your mothers already did their part.
Not to be overly harsh, but if youre still living at your actual house, is understood that your mothers already did their chore in creating you, and that you need to not only give yourself some freedom, but give them some as well. I understand easing into real life, but still living at home long after college is fairly drastic, even if it makes it possible to stack up fund. Moving away from home will be good for you and your parents.
12. Learning to survive with insecurities.
There are periods youll feel insecure. Strolling into a social situation alone. Strolling into a new job. Presenting at a business session to people older than you. Barely affording rent. Assuring people in better shape than you. But the beauty of it is that you learn to handle this and use it as motivation to get better. If you never experience being insecure and getting through it, youll have a harder period handling situations later in life.
13. Greater confidence.
From learning to deal with insecurities, you gain confidence. You start to realize after a while that youll get in a groove, start learning more, things will start clicking, and youll get better at things. You will have way more confidence knowing you built it there yourself. One day youll look around and realize wow, I have a nice place, a automobile I paid for by myself, and a whole group of friends in a new country. Its amazing to look back and realise how much youve grown.
14. You discover new interests.
You dont know what you dont know. Moving to a new place might introduce you to something you didnt know existed. I know people who have experienced moving away from home to different states and ended up going down paths they originally hadnt planned because they found something the latter are passionate about. Some are seeking their dreaming undertakings now. What is more fun than that?
15. You learn to trust yourself.
When youre in a new place, you often have no one else to rely on except yourself. Yes, there are people you can ask at work, you can phone a friend or family member at home, but sometimes you have to induce big decisions on your own. One thing Ive learned is that I trust myself and my gut decisions more. That gut feeling is something I have a lot more faith in now and I usually know that the decision Im making will make sense.
16. Growing closer to your family.
I appreciate my family so much more when I look at my situation now and realize that I wouldnt have gotten here without them. They instilled me with a mindset that constructed me confident enough to move 1,100 miles away at age 22. They me with enough support to get me started. They helped get me through college. When you realize these things, and you dont consider them as often, you make it a point to call them, find them, and get closer to them. It merely happens.
17. Youll view your hometown more positively.
Sometimes I go over a year without going back home. But when I do go back home, I truly appreciate the little things I thought were awful and boring before. For example, Florida( although beautiful) is very flat, and there are just palm trees and similar opinions everywhere. Now I go home and I genuinely appreciate the basic things like the hills and different positions I dont get here. My girlfriend, who grew up in Florida, has encouraged me to appreciate landscapes and positions other than palm trees. When she came back to Pennsylvania with me for the first time, I was shocked as to why she thought it was all so beautiful, but now I understand. Its also nice to keep close with hometown friends and of course, family.
18. More career opportunities.
There are only so many chores within reasonable traveling distance from you. Lets say you have a marketing degree and you live in a suburbium of Pittsburgh, PA. There may be 300 chores available, with 45 of them being in your experience range, with the maximum salary being $45 K for the ones you qualify for. You could move to a different city and there could be 800 jobs available, with 160 of them in your experience range, with the maximum pay being $70 K for one you could actually get. You could just be missing out on potentially great career opportunities and more fund merely because of your place and unwillingness to leave.
19. You reflect more.
Moving away from home teaches you to reflect and be alone with your thoughts, in a positive way. When youre in your hometown and youre constantly surrounded by people you grew up with and family members, you may not “ve got a lot” of hour alone. Especially at home when your mothers are asking you questions left and right. When you move away, you can get a one bedroom place and literally left alone for an entire day if you choose to be. With distractions being everywhere these days, it is feasible to comforting and helpful to only get away and reflect.
20. You learn to manage money.
You have to. Ive lived in one bedroom apartments most of my time in Tampa and believe me it gets expensive. New situations means more things you want to do/ try, which entails more spending. Not to mention Im a caffeine freak( but trying to get better) so I spend at least$ 3 per day. Anyway, you learn to manage your fund. You even learn how to get in a little bit of debt then get out of it which is always fun.
21. You experience the feeling of accomplishment.
This is similar to number 13( gaining confidence ), but with a heavy focus on reflection. It is so nice to look back on your situation, where you came from, and realize how far youve get. After four years I finally feel established in a new city/ nation and it is an overwhelming impression of accomplishment and thankfulness. You will also get new jobs, reach new milestones, and attain different things.
22. Phones exist.
You can easily call people, see what people are up to on social media, and text. Snapchat is basically real-time. You literally can be 1,100 miles back and know exactly what happened all weekend in your hometown. More often than not, your weekend ends up being more interesting.
23. Traveling exists.
When you move, if you really miss home that bad, or youre just going through a hour wherever you extra lonely for whatever reason, you can travel. Its never impossible to watch people after moving away from home. Depending on where you move to, long weekends can even make sense. Its important to construct the most of a long weekend every once in a while. I know people in Florida who travel home for almost every long weekend when theres a holiday on a Monday or Friday.
24. Holidays become more exciting.
Naturally, as you get older, holidays simply arent the same as they were when you were younger. However, when you move away to a different city or nation, they do get a lot more exciting when you eventually get the chance to come home. Holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter become times you look forward to more than ever before. They become reunions. They become so much more special because you havent seen people in so long. Similar to number 2 above, you have so much more to talk abut when you do go home.
25. You will inspire others.
One thing Ive found to be rewarding is that other people get inspired by your own experiences. Ive had friends move to Florida because of a visit with me. My brother find me succeeding by moving away from home and ended up doing the same. I talk to people at home who say theyd love to try something new. Its good to set two examples and inspire others.
26. You have the ultimate freedom.
I dont want to get this one confused with having personal independence. What I mean here is that you can induce literally whatever decision you want. You can buy a automobile. You can get a dog. You can pursue a different field of work. You can induce huge life decisions without dealing with the pressure of people around you. While typing this, I realized that a dog and a car were my two biggest purchases to date and Ive told my parents after the fact in both cases.
27. You can attain huge mistakes.
Along with number 26, you can construct massive mistakes and mess up their own lives temporarily. You can handle get fired from a job, you can ruin a relationship, you can make a mistake in a social situation, or you can wreck your auto. Attaining great mistake is penalty because they will always work out and youll come out stronger on the other side. Moving away from home and having the ultimate freedom allows you to attain bigger mistakes that allow you to learn bigger and more important lessons.
28. Feel comfortable inducing drastic changes.
You can shave your head. You can grow a long beard. You can start garmenting a little differently. You can paint stripes on your automobile, or buy a vehicle in a bright flashy coloring. You can start rooting for Florida State football( youre welcome Kelly ). The point is moving from home allows you to feel comfy reinventing yourself and just trying things out for fun. You may not even do anything drastic, but there is something cool about knowing you can, and you can feel comfortable. When less people know you, this is easier to do without feeling too weird.
29. Your convenience zone will restriction you.
Comfort zones are nice to an extent, but they are curtail. If you train yourself to be too comfortable in your 20 s, you may try to be too comfy in your 30 s. You might always lean towards whats easier for your entire life. The same way you attain coffee or go for a run to set the tone early in the morning, define the tone early in their own lives by trying something new when youre young and hungry. That pattern just might follow you for your whole life.
30. Your faith will grow.
Ive naturally had faith in higher powers only from being raised in the church and reading the Bible. However, until you actually experience it in a real life style, you have no idea how much your faith can grow. After moving away, I had to figure a lot of things out, and HAD to have faith. Faith grows when you go through difficult experiences that challenge you. All in all, I would consider myself a work in progress from a spiritual standpoint, but after are moving I am exponentially more aware and more appreciative of Gods operates in my life.
30 things? Thats it?
I could keep going Im sure, but Im sure a small percentage of you even constructed it this far down the page. If you have, and youre somebody who is debating moving away from home for the first time, I hope this has helped you understand from an insider perspective that there are some great things in store for you if you take the leap.
For people who have already made a move, I hope you were able to relate to some of these points and I hope your experience has been as rewarding as mine. Feel free to comment with which ones in my listing of 30 resonate the most with you, or if you have any others you would add about moving away from home.
If you dont fit into either one of these categories, maybe you know somebody who is struggling with the idea of moving away from home, or somebody who has done it recently and is having issues. Feel free to share this with them too!
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