There comes a time in a man’s life when he has to strike out on his own. Truer word’s have never been spoken. At some point, one’s world view simply diverges from that of the matriarch and patriarch of the family. For some people, such a split is amicable and by no means the end of the relationship. For others, it may very well be the end of a living nightmare. Whether you stand at one extreme, the other, or fall somewhere in between, today’s conversation will be about how it feels when your world is truly yours.
At first it feels a bit strange, not having to give a damn about one’s immediate family’s opinion, collective or otherwise. But it does not take long to realize that this is the way it should always be from now on. This is, of course, assuming that one makes enough money to sustain a decent life style.
These days, millennials catch a lot of flack for living at home for extra long sometimes. But it’s worth noting that the greatest generation established an economy that the baby boomers inherited even though they were viewed as a bunch of hippy bums back then. These days, graduating from college does not always mean that you will find a good job in your chosen profession. It is a situation that involves low wages and a ton of student debt. But if you manage to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of being young, then you’ll find that life isn’t so bad at all when you leave home.
Being a bachelor is like waking up every day and looking at the sky as if it’s yours. Assuming that you are someone who can balance a personal budget properly, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy your freedom every single day even on hard days. If you have a favorite food, you can eat it. If you see a pair of shoes you like online or in a store, you can buy them. If you see a woman you like, you can approach with the confidence of a man that can do the only math that matters at the end of the day.
Obviously not every day can be a good day. But that’s OK if you know how to compartmentalize and are emotionally mature enough to get through the occasionally long day. It is a path in life that everyone has to walk eventually. At some point, most of us probably have to make the decision before the decision if made for us, but there’s nothing better than freedom. It is indeed something that is worth working hard for. It’s even worth putting up with a co-worker that may or may not be your arch-nemesis. Because at the end of the day, having control of one’s life is the best way to live. Not having to worry about the proclivities of others at home has to be the best part of bachelor life. This is especially true when it comes to having sex in your own bed, as long as you make a habit of doing laundry every week.