In his latest entry for Goal.com, the 18-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps rookie and Canadian youth international writes about the challenges of living on his own for the first time.
Since the last time I spoke with you, I've moved into my own place and spent a lot of time on the road with different teams.
I haven't had a lot of time in the new place because of all the travelling I've been doing. I was in Mexico with the U-20 national team for a small camp recently, and I was in Dallas a few weeks ago for a tournament with the Whitecaps Residency, so the apartment still doesn't really feel like home just yet.
Still, it's a nice change to be able to come back from travelling and have your own place where you can kick back and relax a bit. The only downside is the increase in chores I have to do now. When I used to live at home with my parents, they were always on me about doing dishes and other chores, but I'd still only have to do certain chores. which I thought was a lot at the time.
But now that I live on my own I realize that I don't do nearly as much as I thought I did.
I'm trying to pick up the slack now, but there's tons of stuff I have to do, like cooking, cleaning, and all of that, so it's been a bit of a transition, but I still enjoy it.
The best thing about living on my own is definitely the freedom to just do whatever it is I want to do, so if I want to just relax or have some people over, I can do that now. The flip side of that, as I mentioned before, is the increase in workload. Now instead of just eating whatever is prepared for me, I need to try to find the energy to cook, and after I make myself a meal I need to do the dishes afterward, put them away, and so on.
It doesn't help that every time I cook, my fire alarm goes off. The other night while cooking, the alarm went off so I grabbed a dish towel and tried waving it around to get the little bit of smoke to clear, but it didn't matter. I've tried opening up windows and doors, but it still goes off!
I've also had troubles with the washing machine, which broke on the day I moved in and flooded the place. I was actually away with the team on my move-in date, but my family was in town and moved my stuff in before I got back. I came home expecting to have a nice, quiet night in the apartment, but instead it was spent with myself and my family trying to get the place dried and aired out.
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Thankfully, things haven't been as crazy lately, but it's been an eventful first month or so in the new place.
Next week, I'm back with the Residency team in Houston for the Academy playoffs, so hopefully nothing else goes wrong.
Until next time.