There is no doubt about the it-the world of adulting is full of conflict. We are continuously expected to live responsibly and stay within our means, while also playing our part in defining what it means to live life on our terms.
As we work to earn and think about how we can keep a hold of our cash, along with that, there comes no shortage of memes, gifs, and vines telling us that we can’t take our money with us; to date that one person who could come with risks, to hop on that plane to see more of the world, and go experience as much live entertainment as possible.
However, in order to party hard, deep down, we know that we have to work equally as hard to earn our money, too. Yawn.
Why Adulting Typically sucks
Any working adult knows that it can be incredibly draining at times. Sometimes, the last thing you want to do is to attend that conference, meet all of those people and pretend to be interested in what they say. You might not feel like stuffing yourself into a suit in the morning and elbowing your way onto a packed train full of people who, like you, don’t want to be there, either, but society says you have to.
Adulting is hard at times because you have all of this added responsibility that you were ignorant of as a kid, paying tax-RUBBISH when you see how much is taken away from your hard-earned money. Having to wake up early to go to work every day SUCKS. Working on the art of avoiding small talk with people in the lifts at work is not just a daily mission; it’s almost your calling now.
You might not want to get up and go to work every day, but your to-do list is getting longer by the minute, and you need to get on with it because deadlines call and ARGH! Stop. Breathe for a second and take a moment to gather yourself. Nobody is truly at their best or most effective when wound up and tired. Being an adult means having to deal with your emotions and taking responsibility for those, as well.
How Do You Make Adulting suck..less?
The apparent answer to achieving these things is to win the lottery and never forcing yourselves into a sales target meeting ever again. Wouldn’t it just be easier to be a kid again, longing for the things we complain about now?
Of course, there are the parts of adulting that your younger self would relish the thought of, that you should learn to take advantage of again- even if it is to appease the voice of childhood you in your head.
Make 2020 your best year ever by living it up with the best things about adulting, and remembering some of the reasons you don’t have to hate it so much.
Here’s why you don’t have to hate being a grown-up human being in this day and age.
You Create The Rules
Leftover pizza for breakfast? Why the hell not? You bought it, and you EARNED it. Don’t want to eat a vegetable today? Nobody’s judging.
Adulthood and having access to your own money means you get to make the rules. Maybe you live alone- eat whenever you want, too. This is the part where most kids who are forced to eat broccoli at dinner time look forward to the most. Embrace it. Deal with the consequences later…but maybe start taking a multi-vitamin to prevent scurvy.
Want to spend some extra time this evening unwinding? Play video games until you fall asleep if you’re going to- because we all know that going on a zombie killing spree is the ultimate method of relaxation.
You Earn Your Own Money
When you were a kid, getting your 50p pocket money was the highlight of your week. However, that money didn’t always stretch far once your weekly magazine, sweets, and latest cult playground trend cards or gadgets were bought.
Yes, there may always have been Christmas and birthday money, and that random auntie who loves to give you a £5 WHSmiths voucher to look forward to, but it’s just not the same as having a regular income.
Here is where Adulthood is fantastic. Yeah, sure, your job may suck, but you’re not doing it for free! Woohoo! Besides, you’re a rational human being- as long as you pay the bills, keep a roof over your head, and can afford the luxury of paying to get to work, you can do whatever the hell you want to do with the rest.
Do you want to live a fancy life? Go and get yourself some swanky, luxurious embroidered bathrobes made- spend your hard-earned money wisely. Make an investment that will be remembered for a long time.
No More School!
‘Every day is a school day’ Pshh, no, it’s not. You’re not confined to spending time with people you don’t like for several hours a day, listening to someone telling you what to do all the time.
OK, sure, some jobs are like that, granted– but unlike school, if your job sucks, you have the option of just getting up and leaving if you want. Deal with the consequences later, If you must.
The best thing about adulting (unless you’re a teacher, then, well…sorry!) is no more school. Nice.
You Can Drive
Probably the most awesome thing about being an adult is having the opportunity to take to the road whenever you want to in your sweet ride!
It means that you do not always have to rely on others to take you where you want to go, whenever you need to get there. You just buckle up, mirror, signal, manoeuvre, and away you go. Sweet.
Better still, you’ll have friends who can also drive, so you don’t always have to be the designated driver!
So, with all this in mind, you’ll soon realise that adulting doesn’t have to suck at all- you don’t have to hate your life.