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23 Struggles Every Twentysomething Who Lives At Home Understands

"Sorry I can't, I have to go home."

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1. When you live at home in your twenties, it's difficult to feel like a full-fledged adult.

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2. You have less freedom than you did in college, yet even more responsibilities than those four years of undergrad bliss.

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3. Your parents, siblings, and even your household pets are always up in your business.

4. There basically isn’t anything going on in your personal life that they don’t know about.

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5. Any semblance of a love life you might have takes a serious hit.

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6. One-night stands and random hookups are usually a no-go. Casual romance? Forget about it.

7. Because who wants to bring someone home to their childhood bedroom and twin-size bed?

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8. And even if you spend the night somewhere else, you have to make it home before your parents wake up the next morning.

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9. Or, despite the odds, if you do date someone on a more regular basis, they end up meeting your family way sooner than they might expect to.

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10. If your parents still live in your hometown, it’s nearly impossible to avoid running into people you went to high school with.

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11. When your friends who don’t live at home anymore ask you to hang out, your general response is always, “Sorry, I can’t. I have to go home.”

12. You also coin a new catchphrase: “Mom/Dad, can someone pick me up?”

13. It’s hard to feel like an actual grown-up when one of your parents calls you down to eat meals together.

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14. And reminds you to clean your room when things start to pile up on the floor.

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15. You can’t host fun and crazy pregames before you go out on weekends.

16. Finding a designated driver can turn into a task if you’re stuck going to bars close to home.

17. And coming home after a drunken night out can be awkward.

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18. Sometimes your parents walk in your room unannounced, usually forgetting to knock on your door first.

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19. And you constantly feel the need to ask permission to do things — like have friends over and stay out late.

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20. When people ask you where you live, you’re a little embarrassed to say you’re not quite on your own yet.

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21. And you feel like you’re missing out on all the adventures and independence your peers have.

22. But if you’re lucky enough, living at home means you’re suffocated and overwhelmed with love.

23. Which might not be such a bad thing, after all.

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