So it’s been almost two weeks since I’ve posted anything. Life gets in the way doesn’t it?! With the National Geographic Internship coming to an end, life has been crazy!
Back to the post. In writing this post, “adult” refers to anyone who has responsibilities, whether that be financial or otherwise. With that in mind, I’m definitely not ready to be an adult yet. I enjoy being able to come and go when I please and not having to worry about rent, utilities, food, car, insurance, school, homework, getting good grades, cell phone, insurance, commuting, loans, and so on and so forth. It’s no wonder people are stressed out all the time, there is so much to worry about.
At this point, I know the internship with National Geographic is almost over, and so I’m ready to just get home already. I’m ready to get back to my bed, my room, and my stuff. Materialistic? Probably. But there is something to be said about the comfort of walking into a house and feeling “right” about it. Renting an apartment in a questionable neighborhood, not so comforting. Being away from your family and friends, that’s not so good either. Not that I didn’t enjoy this experience, because I really did! I really enjoyed working at National Geographic, the stuff I do here is amazing, and my name is now on the website (check out the “Credits” tab)!! It’s also been awesome to go and explore DC and the surrounding area.
I think as Americans we are severely lacking in quite a few areas, but I think people need to live at home longer before moving out. Or never move out! It’s popular among Asian cultures for grandparents to live with their children and grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren. I think that is so beautiful, and something we do not do enough of in America. I know many people who when they turned 18 were kicked out of the house and told to make it on their own. I will say though, that there is a great sense of accomplishment with being out on your own; it’s very freeing.
However, I come back to that “adult” thing again. It’s expensive to be out on your own and there’s so much to think about, all at once nonetheless! And because I wasn’t thinking about everything all at once, I’m out $500! That’s $500 I could have spent to travel the world, to donate and make a difference, to buy Christmas presents and so on. $500 is a lot of money, especially considering how much our country is struggling right now, not to mention the devastation happening around the world.
So, to that end, I’m ready to go home and live at home awhile longer. And to end on a positive note, I definitely appreciate my parents a lot more! Thanks mom and dad for allowing me to mooch off you for just awhile longer