???2013 & Forward???
Instead of going away to college, I stayed at home and commuted to school to save money. At 24, I graduated college and continuted to work my college part-time job while looking for work. It took me 2.5 years to find a full-time job after college. The job is 100% unrelated to what I studied in college and does not pay enough for me to move out of my parents home and be on my own. However, I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase my first car with this job. The holidays have made me to feel very embarrased and depressed about my situation. The rest of the people my age have already found good jobs, moved out, gotten married, and started families. Yet, I am the only one still living at home with my parents with no career, no boyfriend, and no friends. The most troubling part of it is that I am still a finacial burden to my parents. I want to pay them rent but they will not accept it. I took a bill from the mailbox and paid it for them and they were not happy to have me do that for them. I feel guilty about still living with them at nearly 27 but have nowhere else to go. Of course living each day with life health and strength is a big blessing. However, I am very uncertain of my future and what I should do to become more self-sufficent. I thought of returning to school to take up a trade where I might actually have a chance of getting a job but am not quite sure what I would be good at or where the money would come from. I dont want to burden my family for more years re-attending college. My younger sister is 20 and went away to college. She returned for the holidays and my parents bought her housewares because she will be graduating soon and anticipates moving away and not moving back in with my parents. That just made me feel even worse about my situation. I am just at a lost for what to do next. Any words of advice?