homesick: so what now?


Moving out is considered by many to be one of the first steps to adulthood. In many cultures it’s very common for young people to start living by themselves from the age of seventeen/eighteen years old, a time which usually corresponds to the beginning of their university studies; for other countries, like mine, this step is postponed.


I was born and raised in Italy, a country where it’s estimated that the average person leaves the parental house at thirty years old. Although the data represents an average, not a universal truth concerning every Italian youngster, it’s true that many decide to keep living with their parents even after high school. This tendency to wait longer to leave the family home surely finds some of its roots within the culture, but I won’t go on analysing customs and traditions, as in this article I would like to share my first-hand experience.