5 Things you learn when you live by yourself for the first time.

For the past two weeks my parents have been on holiday so I have been looking after the house and my younger brother (aged 15). This is the first time I’ve ever been responsible for myself and someone else for longer than a couple of days, so I thought I’d let you in on a few things you learn when you have to fend for yourself for the first time…

  1. Food becomes precious. I have to walk to the shops and get my own food, and then *gasp* I have to cook it myself! This fact meant that any food in our house automatically became priceless and was carefully conserved to maximise the time I could spend in my pyjamas, and to minimise the time I would have to spend outdoors.
  2. Cereal becomes a main part of your diet. When you’ve only got a box of cornflakes and half a pint of milk left in the house, cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner becomes part of your normal lifestyle… and there’s no one to tell you no!
  3. Housework becomes all consuming. When your parents aren’t around to help with the housework, and your little brother refuses to do more than one chore a day, most of the housework falls to you…and it sucks! But if you don’t do it, your house starts to stink and you end up eating cereal out of  saucepan (in my defence I only did this once!)
  4. Every noise instantly becomes a serial killer. So you’re all snuggly in your bed, with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other, and you hear a noise. No big deal, your parents will protect you, right? Nope! You’re the responsible adult, and you’ve got a child to protect, so you have to go downstairs and be murdered.
  5. You find yourself doing more and more “adulty” things. Like having to call up the bank by yourself, and picking up your brother’s uniform, and buying healthy foods. And because of that it’s a great learning experience! But let’s be honest, I’m so glad they’re back!

Thanks for reading!

GUEST POST: Life is a death sentence- by Daniel

Hey guys, I’ve got another amazing guest post for you courtesy of the lovely Daniel. 

It’s common knowledge that life is a terminal condition. One day, hopefully in the long time, we will all pass away. Now most people take this information in their stride. They live their live to the fullest. They chase their dreams. Live lives that most think about constantly. Many people, on the other hand, decide to remain ignorant of this, and live lives devoid of meaning. They sit and think about the lives they want to lead. They think about following their dreams, but put it off. It can wait. I don’t have the money. Opportunity will fall in my lap, I don’t need to go out and take it.
Sadly, this isn’t the way to live. Charles Richards once said ‘Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of’, a sentiment to live by. Start living today. Audition for that play, apply for that job, start that novel, book that flight to the far off country you’ve dreamed of visiting ever since you were a child. Waiting for your dreams allows others to convince you they are unattainable. Waiting for happiness quickly becomes settling for mediocrity.
Life is hard. Life is sad. Life will hurt like nothing else, but life is worth it. Seize the day like there is no tomorrow, because for all you know, there might not be. Life is a Death Sentence, but it need not be a slow march. It is what you make of it.
For Alyssia.
Thank you again, Daniel, for being a wonderful guest writer. And if anyone would like to guest write for me please contact me at: aleve44@hotmail.com.