My girlfriends and I have been talking a lot lately and we’ve come to the conclusion that being an adult is NOT fun.
Okay, fine, SOMETIMES it’s fun. But most of the time, our lives are full of all this adult stuff that no one told us we were going to have to do!
I grew up DYING to be an adult. All I wanted to do was grow up, get a job, and make money. Now all I want to do is curl up under the covers in my bed and hide from all my adult responsibilities.
Go away, adult stuff! Not today!!
But eventually, we do have to do grown-up things, so here are 10 adulting moments most of us will experience in our twenties.
1. Filing taxes
This one makes me want to cry. Remember how you always wanted to grow up and make money?!? Yea, me too, but I didn’t think that I’d make that money and then not be able to keep all of it! Who the heck came up with that idea? I work hard, ya know? So no, I didn’t enjoy filing taxes this year and realizing how much money I didn’t get to keep throughout the year. It’s something we all have to do, so the best thing you can do is be as prepared as possible and save every penny you can. What’s that saying? The only two things certain in life are death and taxes? Whoever said that wasn’t kidding.
2. No summer break
I remember summers. I remember weeks of doing absolutely nothing. I remember weeks of going to the beach, museums, and the public library to rent a huge stack of books. Those were the good days! Okay, now I’m getting a little nostalgic and I’m on the verge of tears. I’ll never have another summer break (at least not in the foreseeable future) and that makes me sad. No break summers are the worst, guys! I see my friends who are teachers now and they’re traveling during the summer months. They’re going to Europe, they’re at the beach rocking awesome tans, and I’m at work, totally pasty white because I haven’t seen the sun in ages. That’s what awaits you in adulthood… Sorry!
3. Going to the DMV
Heads up, this one is awful. When the time comes when you have to go to DMV, go on a day when you have NOTHING ELSE TO DO. Never go there in a rush because you’ll hate your life five minutes into the experience. Go with lots of patience, because there’s absolutely nothing you can do about the wait times. The DMV has all of the power here. They have something you need, so you’re at their mercy. Lost your license? Yea, you have to go there to get a new one. Changed your last name like I did? Yea, you need to go through this. Accept it, grab a book, and have fun people watching. LOTS of people watching.
4. Realizing we’d rather stay in bed on a Friday night
Remember when all you looked forward to was getting all dressed up, wearing heels, and partying until 3am because you were in college and that’s what college kids did? Yea….that doesn’t happen anymore these days. In fact, just thinking about that makes me want to vomit a little. No, my friends, I’m not going to stay up ‘til 3am. If I stay up past midnight, it’s only because I have a blogging deadline to meet. Otherwise, all I look forward to on a Friday night is a glass of wine, getting into my cat onesie, and catching up on Game of Thrones with my hubby. That right there is the perfect Friday night.
5. Finally accepting (and even liking) fruits and vegetables
I could give you a list of all the things I used to HATE as a child. And when I mean HATE, I don’t mean dislike. I mean HATE. I HATED vegetables. I HATED the following: tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, avocados, green beans. Yea, that list would be pretty long if I listed every single fruit and veggie out there. But the point is, you could NOT get me to eat them. My mom even used to put a timer on because I wouldn’t eat my food. She’d set it for 20 minutes and I had 20 minutes to eat all the food on my plate. I’d just sit there and watch the timer. 19 minutes. 17 minutes. 10 minutes. No eating. 6 minutes. 4 minutes. 2 minutes. BEEP BEEP BEEP! All my veggies still on my plate like a giant veggie party. Then, I’d get sent to my room. Today, that’s so different! OMG today, I find myself CRAVING onions. CRAVING broccoli. And yea, I guess that means I’m doing this whole adulting thing really well.
6. Dealing with the joys of homeownership (aka fixing stuff that breaks)
The other day, my tub broke. I kid you not — I took a bubble bath in my NEW house and when I got out of the tub there was water everywhere. I didn’t exactly understand what was happening, but Joe was like, “Babe, the tub’s leaking.” We had to call our customer service rep to tell them what happened. I grabbed every single towel we own to soak up all of the water. Then, I had to use a huge fan they gave us to dry our carpet. Why the heck does this stuff have to happen?! Why can’t I just enjoy a nice bubble bath?! I’ll admit, I suck at this adult stuff sometimes. If it wasn’t for Joe helping me out, I’d live out of a sleeping bag. Ain’t nobody got time for broken pipes and stuff like that! I have Netflix shows to watch. I know this isn’t the end of my homeownership woes either, so it’s best that I learn how to handle simple home maintenance chores.
7. Keeping track of (and paying) bills
Here’s a recap of my bill tracking this month…Money came in!!! Money went out! The end. As a new homeowner, there are SO MANY BILLS! Joe and I used to rent a place, and a lot of stuff was included in our rent. Now, we have to pay for cable, internet, water, and power. How the heck are we supposed to have money to go out to dinner every once in a while?! When I see our bills, I just want to stare at a wall and cry. Instead, I do the adult-ish thing and create an excel spreadsheet. That’s something you do when you’re adulting. You make excel spreadsheets for everything. You start tracking everything. You make lists for everything. And without them, you’d be lost in the world. So that’s what Joe and I have done. We’ve made a budget and we try really hard to stick to it. It gives us some sort of sanity.
8. Buying a filing cabinet for important legal documents
A few weeks ago, Joe and I bought a filing cabinet to keep all of our important documents. What documents? Oh, you know, things like our birth certificates, passports and marriage certificate. Because if it were up to me to keep things organized, you’d find my passport in the pantry one day while looking for cereal. I’ll admit it, I’m a hot mess. But hey, the first step to recovery is acceptance, right? To avoid the nightmare of not being able to find our important documents, we spent a good hundred dollars on an ugly filing cabinet. Joe tells me it’s important, so whatever, I’m not going to fight with him about it.
9. Becoming a parent by means of a pet
This one was huge for me. I rescued my cat Graham six years ago (damn, I’m getting old). I’m not even going to bore you with how much I love that cat, but I do. I love him so much. He’s the absolute best freaking cat on this planet. But as much as I love him, he’s a huge responsibility. Being his human has helped me grow so much as an adult. This is as close as it gets to having a child without actually having one. You have to feed a pet. You have to take your pet to the doctor. You have to deal with your pet being annoying. All of the same things you’d do with a kid! So at some point or another, most of us will finally take that leap and get a first pet, and that’s the kind of adulting that’s fun. #crazycatlady
10. Turning down social gatherings to stay home doing laundry
OMG, how about we go out to a movie tonight?! Dinner and drinks?! Yea, no, sorry, I’ve got to get home to do laundry! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned down social events to go home and do laundry. That’s how I know I’m officially an adult. This is adulting right here, ladies and gentlemen. The laundry never goes away! What is this sorcery?! Do I really wear that many clothes? So yea, prepare yourselves, guys, because at some point or another, you’ll find yourselves turning down awesome plans to stay home and iron your clothes. Told you… being an adult is NOT fun.
There you have it, 10 adulting moments most of us will experience at some point or another!
Any others you guys want to share?!
Let me know in the comments!
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