If you're still living at home with your parents or relying on your partner to pay your bills, you might not feel all that independent. However, that doesn't have to be the case. You can still consider yourself independent while you're getting a little help from your friends and family. After all, it's tough to survive in this economy, especially when you're young. If you've been feeling like you're trapped or powerless, here are a few little ways to feel more independent right now:
1 Spend Time Alone
Independent people don't mind spending time alone. If you feel like you're always relying on others to help you through life, then you should spend a day or two with nothing but your own thoughts. Shut off your phone, turn off your laptop, and lock your doors. It's time for you to spend a little time with yourself.
2 Drive around Town
If you own a car and can legally drive it, then you should take a spin around the block. It doesn't matter if you take a quick trip to the mall or just drive around without a destination in mind. Even if you can't drive, then you can always walk to the nearest store. Either way, the realization that you're capable of going wherever you want to go at whatever time you want to go will make you feel more independent.
3 Make Your Own Dinner
When you were little, you relied on your parents to make your meals. When you started going to school, you relied on the cafeteria workers to give you food. Now, it's time for you to learn how to cook your own meals. Even if you're a horrible chef, try to make something that doesn't come out of a can.
4 Make Plans on Your Own
It's time to make some decisions on your own. If your friend or boyfriend asks you where you want to go out to eat, don't tell them that you don't care. Actually make a decision on your own. Do the same when they ask you what movie you want to see or what time you want to hang out. Most people will be thankful that you're doing the planning for a change.
5 Send out Job Applications
If you're unemployed, it's time to send out some job applications or apply for an internship. If you already have a job, but it's not in the field that you want to pursue, then you should look around for any opportunities that open up. If you can network by going to an event at a library or by attending a certain party, you should take the initiative and try to get your foot in the door.
6 Do Chores
Sure, chores are incredibly boring. However, adults have to do them on a daily basis. If you want to feel more mature, then you can clean your room, do your laundry, or wash your dishes. After all, a clean home is a happy home.
7 Make an Important Phone Call
Important phone calls are never fun to make. If you usually ask your parents or your partner to make your dentists appointments, it's time for you to call up the business yourself. When it's time to go into the office, go on your own. You're going to have to do so eventually, anyway.
It doesn't matter if you're in your preteens or twenties, because you can do little things to make yourself feel more independent. Do you feel like you're independent or do you wish you had more freedom?