oh, the apartments here are overpriced too. that's why it's impossible to find anything. and then they build even more apartments for only people with ridiculous amounts of money. same question: who is it for, and how do people ever afford to live here. realistically in an economy like this, you're always a few bad decisions away from being homeless. i can't imagine i'll ever own a home of my own, either. actually my older brother is only saved from homelessness by my mom paying for him to stay in hotels during covid, which is probably our biggest family expenses right now. but our funds may soon reach an end, so I really wonder... well the answer is, he would be homeless if not for it, a lot of people are. the truth of the matter is just that my family wouldn't have been able to afford to live in this area if they hadn't been living here for so long already. i live in a crowded urban area, so the fact of the matter is that there's always someone rich enough to do some stupid shit. fair yeah, my childhood also sucked. I won't lie, I was basically raised by the internet and to some extent it shows. my family gave me warped ideas about social interactions, and I'm also autistic so I was miles behind my peers in playing social mind games. But at this stage of my life, I've accepted that I'll come off as an unusual person no matter what. Because I am unusual. Both in my experiences (which when compiled, few people fully believe), in my interests and in my personality. Not a benefit, but not a full loss either, is what it is. I'm sorry about your teens. Mental health stuff makes everything harder, I know that feeling even if not with OCD. I'm glad you have more freedom than you did before, too.