Don’t even get me started on the “WHERE ARE YOU???” and “WHEN ARE YOU COMING HOME???” texts.
First of all, the concept of privacy does not exist.
Your parents, your siblings, your dog, the next door neighbour — they’re always up in your business, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Which often means that your parents will walk into your room, unannounced, and just stand there, looking for something that needs to be cleaned, repaired or lectured about.
And don’t even think about putting a lock on your door — unless you want to go through the trouble of being yelled at.
You become the go-to person whenever there are any technology issues.
And the designated driver at events that you’re all invited to — because your parents have now decided to live their best lives and get lit.
On the flip side, coming home drunk or going through a particularly rough hangover is never not awkward.
Mum: How was your night?
Me: Yeah, it was…fun *mind flashes back to all the shots I probably shouldn’t have done, followed by a hazy Uber ride home with a friend*.
And don’t even get me started on the “When are you coming home???” and “WHERE ARE YOU?!?!” texts.
Even though you’re a full-grown adult, your parents will never stop seeing you as their baby.
You still feel the need to ask permission to do things or let them know when you’re heading out.
It’s basically the same amount of freedom you had as a teenager, but with more responsibilities because you’re an adult.
Meal times are a strict family affair — even if they’re eaten in front of the TV and include a debate over what to watch.
And ordering takeout is a mission in itself, because your parents will see it as an insult to their cooking when really, you just felt like eating pizza.
Oh, and you want to cook your own meals? That’s doable — but you first need to answer a hundred questions and endure them hovering and side-eyeing whatever you’re cooking.
You’ve experienced the harsh blowback of a joke turning into a full-scale lecture more than once.
As well as the overwhelming suffocation that comes with not having your own personal space.
It’s highly likely that your parents have even walked in on your work meetings — even though you clearly explained the concept of a locked door meaning that you should not be disturbed.
You’re either staying in your room too much or going out too much — there is no in-between.
Like, heading straight to your bedroom after dinner? Nup, there needs to be ~family time~ because you’ve been in there all day.
You’re usually the first to suggest doing something at a friend’s place, rather than them coming to yours.
Unless you want to endure the back-and-forth of your mum trying to get your friends to eat something — even when they’ve said they’re not hungry.
And although your parents always encourage you to invite people over, you could never really host a party.
But let’s be honest, that doesn’t stop them from planning multiple family events at your place, which you’re bullied into attending.
You get a little embarrassed when you mention that you still live at home, especially when your friends and colleagues are off living their cool, parent-free lives.
But that doesn’t mean you’re not totally clueless about things like landlords, rent and mortgages. You just haven’t had the chance to experience them yet!
At the end of the day though, you’re reminded that it’s a privilege to still live at home as an adult — especially with parents who care and love for you.
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