No one prepares you for the future -- you're your own teacher. That's what no one tells you.
You begin your first job, graduate high school, leave home, and begin college. Simple, right?
Nothing about this simple little equation is actually simple. In fact, it's more of a sugarcoated, blindsided reality, really.
You're own a whole new level of broke. As soon as you think you see the light at the end of the tunnel, the money-hungry rent train comes busting through. Goodbye bank account.
Deciphering between food vs. cardboard box living very quickly becomes real. You basically either pay rent and eat the same box of cereal for 3 months, or you splurge at the grocery store and hope rent will magically pay itself.
Stress becomes a part of your daily routine. You only thought school was tough. And your GPA actually matters now. After all, that something point something-something number has control of your destiny with grad school 9or not).
Parents don't really want you to grow up. It's like a double standard here. Contradictory behaviors have never existed so strongly.
You can't really make your own decisions. Parents will say that you're old enough to make your own decisions and do as you so choose -- but they're always in the background trying to dictate every action you make.
You do, however, still need your parents. You don't need them in every action you make, nor do you need them in the same sense that you did before you moved out, but nonetheless you still need them.
Not everyone is going to approve of, agree with, or accept the choices you make. And that's a-okay. At the end of the day it's your life and approval isn't necessary -- it may be nice, but never necessary.
If nothing else is learned, take this and hold it close:
You can't please everyone all of the time, but you can decide what makes you happy and what doesn't -- and those are the choices you need to make. Your happiness is what matters -- choose it.