I Miss Being Away From Home

I Miss Being Away From Home

There are benefits and losses that come with being away from home.
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I have been living away from my parents for two years now because of college and I have just recently moved into my first apartment. It was hard for me to do because even though they are only an hour and a half away I miss them so much. My family and I are very close and not only was I scared to move so were they. My parents actually told me before I applied for an apartment that I will miss being home and doing things with them over the summer but I did it anyway. And now that I am here, away from them, I realize that they were right. I miss going out with them and just, in general, hanging out. I should have also stayed home for this summer because this is the last summer that my brother will be home before he goes off to college. I would love to be home with him and going on crazy adventures with him. I also miss my dog. She is getting older and I wish I could spend more time with her. She means the world to me and I never get to see her. At least when it was the school year I would come home at least once every month. Now I feel like I won't see her at all except for random days that I take off. I am not also dating someone who is from my hometown. And we work opposite schedules so it's really hard for us to see each other or even talk to each other.

The thing that was hardest for me, living on my own, was that I had to basically fend for myself. My parents were not there to pay for my food and the gas in my car. I have to do that all on my own. I also have rent and bills to pay for. It is honestly very hard for me. I have only been living in my first apartment for about three weeks now and I can honestly say that I wish I hadn't moved. I wish I would have stayed home this summer but I thought I'd give living on my own a chance. Now that I am officially on my own, I wish I wasn't. I'm not completely upset that I left home because there are some benefits. I don't have my parents breathing down my neck to do chores on their schedule or to be home by a certain time. I don't have to ask them if I can out because I can now make that decision on my own. It is nice to not be home for these reasons but there are so many more reasons why I miss being home. As already mentioned, I miss my family, my friends, and my dog. But I wouldn't want to change my decision. I like where I am at, I'm in a good neighborhood, living with two of my friends. I love my apartment so much and I wouldn't want to live anywhere else. I just wish I was home more often.

Mom and Dad, you were right. I do miss being home.

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."
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It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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10 Fascinating Adult Playgrounds In The U.S.

Who said adults can't have fun?

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There are a lot of things in the world we don't realize we can do. Here is a list of things I found to exist that I thought would be interesting to visit someday. From amazing picture opportunities, to thrills, to just hanging out- adult playgrounds exist and we should definitely check them out.

1. The Dream Machine

The Dream Machine is basically an Instagram playground based off of dreams turned into a reality! They have multiple rooms for the perfect aesthetically pleasing photo op!

2. Dig This

Dig This is basically a construction machinery playground for everyone 14 years and older. You can dig holes, throw tires, and drive around. Who wouldn't want to try it?

3. Smash Shack

Do you ever feel like smashing your plates? Or smashing a photo of your ex? Here's the place to do it! anything fragile, you can throw at a wall. Relieve the frustration!

4. VooDoo Authentica

This voodoo shop will let you create a doll and relieve some anger. If you want to relax by buying a doll, smelling candles, or knowing your future, this is the perfect place.

5. Lavatory

The Lavatory is a huge adult ball pit which they call "The Pit". You can take photos in the pit and in the photo booths they have. This is a perfect addition to a night out.

6. 29 Rooms

This is a women's media company based on storytelling. 29rooms is basically a really cool interactive museum that you can take great pictures in while learning about it's history.

7. Happy Go Lucky

This is an interactive exhibit that has eight rooms each with a different theme. From mirrors to giant sea shells to vibrant gardens. Happy Go Lucky is another perfect place for aesthetic photo ops!

8. Mega Cavern

Mega Cavern has zip lines, challenging rope courses, and a bike park with 45 different trails. Oh, and its completely underground. Zip lining underground seems to bring more of a thrill than above ground zip lining- but it's all part of the fun!

9. Watson Adventures

Gather clues as you go on scavenger hunts around the city! Watson Adventures is a scavenger hunt company that will have you hunting and enjoying the locations you hunt in. This brings a new way to enjoy a city!

10. Boston's Lawn on D

This was created as an experimental outdoor space and proves to be successful. There are tons of outdoor games like frisbee, cornhole, ping-pong, and anything else you might want to play. They also have swings and live music. This is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day outside!

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