WASHINGTON – It’s been a long time coming for me, and it’s been an even longer time since I’ve had a night out on the town.
But my friend, who is now my roommate, has been awake for over a week now, enjoying the best summer vacation of my life.
I’ll be honest, I haven’t been sleeping well.
It’s not a coincidence.
Last summer, I spent two months traveling the world, sleeping in hotels and sharing my home with my parents.
This summer, though, I’m spending my first week away from my parents and a lot of time alone in my apartment.
The only comfort I have is a small, bright, and colorful pillow I can lay on my pillow, and the soothing sound of my favourite song by the xx playing in the background.
“It’s hard to sleep when you’re in a house full of strangers,” I’ve told myself.
However, the thought of sharing a house with so many strangers has been overwhelming.
My friends, my co-workers, and even the neighbors are all making me feel isolated.
They are like a pack of strangers in my head.
On the flip side, I have a huge love for my house and my parents, who have given me everything and supported me through this long journey.
As I get older, my parents are going to live out of a hotel, and my house will likely become a guest house.
With a lot to lose, I’ll probably have to leave, but I’m determined to give myself the best chance at surviving the next year and a half of being a housewife.
So, here’s how I’m feeling right now.
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