Ask America Inc. Oakland, California 94661 firstname.lastname@example.org 510-338-0000
Should I move out?
Being someone entering their late 20's, this should be an easy answer for most but, in this day and age, I'm just not sure if it's worth it. To clarify, I live in the Bay Area. On top of that, I don't have a very lucrative profession; certainly not anything close to the living means set by the national census, which, by the way, is an average annual income of over $100,000 for where I live.
My concern is that of pride and freedom. I would like to live my own life while also doing so alongside my peers. I want to be able to stay up or out as late as I want without disturbing anyone else. I want to be able to meet new people and say "Hey, welcome to my house.." or something like that. I want the space to do what I want, when I want basically.
But, oh god the money... If I could even conceive living on my own, I would absolutely have to scrape by, whatever that entails. It won't be pretty. I could potentially find roommates but that's a compromise; I would just end up living with others and having to watch my behavior all over again. I don't know, I'm just kind of stuck. Slave away to live, or live comfortably with my parents...or, I guess, pay a little bit and live with some friends/ strangers.
I'm just so deathly afraid of hitting that stereotype "30 years old living in my mom's basement" deal but, I know if I move out, my life is going to be hindered greatly in all other respects other than residence. So, what do I do? Has the paradigm shifted? Are there a lot of late 20 somethings out there still at home?