How old were you when you moved out from your parents house? Was it something you had to do or chose to do?
It was the end of summer when I left my home in Japan at the age of 15, just two months away from my sweet 16. I headed to a private high school in Maui, Hawaii. It was my choice to move to Hawaii because I really wanted to learn English (and get away from my strict daddy! hehehe).
If I think about it, I was just a kid who wanted to do everything in the world, but had no clue where to begin. I couldn't speak English nor understand it. I used to eat lunch alone in the cafeteria because I didn't know how to go up to all the students I had never met before. The tactic of saying "hello" to strangers in school was my worst enemy because I was afraid that they wouldn't say "hello" back.
Things got better as days passed. After a year in Hawaii, I moved to Berkeley, California to finish my high school. My English was also getting better. If I could start over my high school days, I wouldn't think for a second and would jump on the joy ride. "Back to the Future" I say....
Not that I regret those innocent teenage years, but I honestly believe I would have been able to enjoy it more if I had known and spoke English like I do today.
Now that I have come out of my shell, I can say "hello" to the people I do not know (do you know what blogging is? lol). My world has opened up so much more than before.
But all and all, I am here today because of my "old me" who was 15, scared to make new friends at school in the land of America. I'm celebrating my 35th birthday in 8 days. It's been 19 years since I left my beloved country Japan. What a long road I have traveled, but also it has been one joyous journery.
How long is too long to stay at your parents house? You know, when you date someone who is 20-something and wanted to come over to his house, but he says, "uhhhh, I live with my parents." Or if a girl says, "Well, I have to ask my mom and dad." Is that a turn off?
In your honest opinion, what age should we all move out from our parents??