I’ve been living in D.C. for almost two months now. It’s crazy how time just flies by. Anyway, in that time, I’ve learned a lot! So, I decided to write about it.
1. I’m the Queen of Laundry. Believe it or not, but up until two months ago, I had never done laundry. One of the perks of living at home, I would say. But even though I’m not living alone, I do my own laundry every weekend now. And I love it! Saying “Oh I have to do laundry today,” makes me feel like I’m an actual adult doing adult things. So, I gave myself the title of Queen of Laundry.
2. I am pretty good at taking care of myself. Besides the laundry, there’s a lot of stuff I now do that I normally wouldn’t do at home. I make pancakes (granted, with a recipe my dad gave me, but still), I buy my own necessities, I take care of when and where I have to go and I keep up with everything. I’m proud of myself.
3. You don’t have to be ashamed when you’re buying tampons and pads. In Belgium, whenever I had to buy those things, I would hide them under other items in my cart and I would try to find a female cashier because she knows the struggle. Somehow, I couldn’t care less here. I literally walked by a group of cute guys while holding two packs of pads and tampons. I walked up to a male cashier and the only thought that passed my mind was: “Yes I’m on my period and I rule this place.”
4. You don’t have to plan your entire future. You don’t even have to plan your near future. Nothing is ever set in stone. Up until two months ago, I was sure that I would be moving to the East coast of the United States somewhere in 2018. Now, I’m not sure if I want to live in the States permanently. Maybe I’d like to live here full-time a little bit later, maybe I’ll want to move here in 2 years. Maybe I’ll move here, but to the West coast instead. I honestly don’t know, and that doesn’t bother me anymore. I can do and become anything I want (except for President of the United States but my ambitions lay elsewhere.)
5. I know what I want to do after graduating. I know, nothing’s set in stone but I have some ideas of what I want to do after graduating. It involves some online courses, a fun job and travelling. More on that later.
6. I will probably never move to the D.C. area. Again, I’ll have to point out number 4 in this list, but I’m pretty sure about this one. I’m having an amazing time but I don’t feel like I could ever live here. Maybe it’s because of the weather, which is beautiful most of the time but it can be cold and when I picture my future, I always picture warm, sunny weather. Maybe it’s because I’m from a small town and D.C. is too much of a metropolitan area for me. So maybe I have to move to a small town in a sunny state, or maybe I’ll stay home for a couple of years. Or maybe I’ll open a ranch and ride horses all day. Or maybe I’ll move to New York, even though my two arguments on why I don’t want to live in D.C. could be used against New York as well. Again, read number 4 in this list.
So yeah, that’s what I’ve learned after a month of living in Washington. I think that’s enough of me pretending to be very wise and pretending to know all of life’s secrets.