Alll by myseeeeeeelf

May 16, 2017


  As of three days ago, I'm living by myself for the first time in my life. I've been working towards this for so long, and it happened so suddenly that I'm still in a state of shock. My cat is completely weirded out, and has spent most of his time hiding behind the sofa. All of my clothes are still in boxes, my fridge is empty except for beer and vegan butter, and I only have 2 lamps. It is absolutely the most spectacular thing ever!

  Aslan (my 10 pound, ginger, 11 year old,  Maine Coon mix kitty) and I are already developing a routine. He headbutts me awake at 5:30am, we cuddle for a few moments, and then we go to the kitchen to have breakfast together. When I come home in the evening, he emerges from his haven behind the sofa, we chat and cuddle, and I unpack while he watches the birds from the patio door. For the last 6 or so years, Aslan has kept me awake most nights. He would jump around my room at my parents house and yowl this ungoldly, worse-than-nails-on-a-chalkboard meow that would keep me awake all night. Since moving to our own little place, he has been a perfect angel.

  I've spent years digging myself out of a very deep hole in order to make it to the point where I could live on my own. Meeting this goal was the result of a ton of hard work and struggle...and I still can't believe that it has finally happened. I filled out an application last Tuesday, was approved the same day, picked up my keys that Friday, and moved in this past Saturday. It's been a whirlwind...all because I was tired of waiting, and decided to take a chance.

  That's the kicker, isn't it? Too often our own fear and self-doubt keep us from taking a chance that could change our lives. You know what this has finally taught me?: If you want something, take a chance, and go all in.  Stop letting things hold you back. There's never going to be an absolutely perfect time or situation, but you may wake up one day and discover that the opportunity has passed you by. If it's something you love, something you're passionate and excited about, take a chance and see what happens. Don't waste your life in regret, wishing you had at least tried for something you wanted.

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  1. Being someone who has occasionally waited too long for things, I agree completely.

    But tell me why in Heaven's name you get up at 5:30am?!?! I mean, I get up that early, but I HAVE TO, which is why I know it's no time to be up and around.
    Though my cat has decided that 4:30am is good for me these past few days.
    Damn cat.

    1. Work. Gotta make that money to finance that feline's many demands.

  2. Those cats! So demanding!

    What's your work? Or is that in one of your posts I haven't gotten to yet?