If you’re anything like me, then you know where you want to be in life but you’re just not quite there yet. Personally, I find it exciting as I know I’m on a journey and I’m not going to stop until I achieve my final destination.
In my final year of University, I had to write a news article for my journalism module and funnily enough, I was looking through my old portfolio and found this article about adult children moving back in with their parents. There are many elements of it which refer back to motivation, which is obviously what my blog Forever Motivated is about. It’s dated back to 2014 however I felt it would be a really interesting article to add to my blog today. It shows that even if you’ve had little set backs along the way of trying to reach your career, as long as you’re motivated enough then you can still reach your desired goal.
Have a little read and let me know what you think.
Moving Back Home with the Parents: Does taking a step forward mean having to take a step back?
It’s not as uncommon as people think, adult children moving back in with their parents. A recent survey showed that 11% of people aged between 30-45 have moved back home, after attempting to live independently. Many people decide to do it so that they can have a more comfortable future, financially, and so that they can afford to have a better life when moving back out.
Living with the parents enables a person to reduce their expenses and focus on saving money so that they can eventually move out again and live comfortably and independently. The majority of people living at home with their parents continue to work or study full-time, allowing them to pool their resources with other family members and save a substantial amount of money for the future.
“Being independent isn’t as easy as it seems.” These are the words of Lorraine Gill, founder and co-owner of the independent company in East Sussex, Polegate Podiatry & Health Clinic. She gave up her home four years ago and moved in with her parents so that she could afford to study a degree in Podiatry at Brighton University and therefore better herself for the future.
“I’m still living with my parents,” she explained, “however I am running a very successful business with my friend, Maria Harris, and will soon have enough money to move back out and support my family even better than I did before I began studying my degree.
It’s been a tough few years, having to move my children and myself in with the parents and having to rely on them for a home, however I am extremely happy and for the first time in my life, I have something which I’ve worked really hard for, and something that I can call my own.”
“It’s definitely not an easy process and it takes a lot of time,” Lorraine proceeded, “but it’s definitely worth it. I plan to put a deposit on a house for my two children and myself within the next year as my business is growing quite well now. I definitely set myself back by living with my parents again, but by doing so, I am able to take an enormous step forward. I wouldn’t have been able to afford to do my degree and therefore own my business if I had to carry on paying excessive bills on my own.”
So although moving in with the parents again is initially taking a step back, does it encourage taking a step forward? In reality, that would depend solely on the person’s motive of living with their parents. In Lorraine’s case, she had to take a step back to make the next move of living independently. However, if an individual is not motivated into working and bettering themselves whilst living at home, then they will undoubtedly be taking a step backwards and staying at that step.
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