How can I get the guts to stand up to my family now that I'm old enough to make my own decisions? Please read details!
I'm very family-oriented, and I respect my parents, but I am an adult now (21 years old) and can make my own decisions. I've met a guy online and have been talking to him for a few months now. We really would like to start dating, but I'm really nervous about it because of how my family would react and I don't want to have to lie about how I met him, etc. My sister and mom already found out that I've been talking to someone online and think that I'm a liar since I won't talk about it, and that I'm desperate for a relationship since I talk to people online, which isn't the case at all. I can't help how I met the guy!
I feel like I'm trapped with this issue since I still live at home and can't afford to move out. I want to do something for myself and make myself happy, but not at the expense of my family hating me.