Living With a Friend…

On the subject of moving in with a friend, I really don't have much experience. I still live with my folks. The way I see it, why move out when I have free housing and free food here at home? I'm only 18, so I'm still trying to save money. But if I did move out, I definitely would not move in with a friend. On the contrary, I haven't had much luck with long-term friendships anyway. I've seen many come and go, but only one true friend has lasted. I don't want to ruin that by moving in with her. Let me tell you why.

There are many, many reasons I can give you. But I'll start with this one. Surely, everybody has a best friend. Surely, everyone realizes that if you're with them too long, they begin to irritate you. Now think about what it would be like to live with them. You'll begin to notice little things they do that can be nerve-racking. Whether it's biting their nails, constantly flipping through the TV channels, or always brushing their hair. In the case of living with them, maybe you didn't know that they snore loudly, or that their bodily functions could smell so bad.

Those are just the little things. Did you ever think about the bigger and more important issues? Think about the rent payments, the electricity bills, and the water bills. I've had some friends that were pretty bad at keeping a job. Even if they did have a job, they were never there. If they can't keep a job, they definitely couldn't keep up on payments. Sooner or later they'd be mooching gas money off you after they've carelessly spent what little money they had on candy bars, pizza, or video games.

I'm sure everyone has seen the scenario on TV and in movies. Your roommate is the party animal, while you on the other hand, have your nose in the books. That can really happen. Your friend could have tons of people over helping themselves to your stashes of food and listening to loud music while you're in the back room trying to study for exams the next day.

A person can only hold their anger in for so long. After a few months, you and your best friend, who you cherished the most at one time, will soon be at each other’s throats constantly. They'll end up moving out, leaving you with bad credit because of their late payments. Most likely you'll be forced to move back in with your parents, not only losing your freedom once again, but you'll be losing a great friend as well.

If you want my advice, I'd stay home as long as you can. If that isn't possible, move in with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Get the feel of marriage life if you'd like. After all, everyone knows that lovers come and go, but friends SHOULD last a lifetime.

I'm sure everyone has seen the scenario on TV and in movies. Your roommate is the party animal, while you on the other hand, have your nose in the books. That can really happen. Your friend could have tons of people over helping themselves to your stashes of food and listening to loud music while you're in the back room trying to study for exams the next day.

A person can only hold their anger in for so long. After a few months, you and your best friend, who you cherished the most at one time, will soon be at each other's throats constantly. They'll end up moving out, leaving you with bad credit because of their late payments. Most likely you'll be forced to move back in with your parents, not only losing your freedom once again, but you'll be losing a great friend as well.

If you want my advice, I'd stay home as long as you can. If that isn't possible, move in with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Get the feel of marriage life if you'd like. After all, everyone knows that lovers come and go, but friends SHOULD last a lifetime.

By Nicole Ford