There's this cultural phenomena going on that states that when a person reaches the age of 18, they're legally an adult. That means taxes, bills, and real life are basically inevitable. It's kind of the end of the world.
I passed the ripe old age of 18 quite a few years ago, but I still haven't figured all this "adulting" stuff out. It's suddenly unacceptable to sleep past 10am, wear sweatpants all day, or eat lunchables in public. I'm supposed to own a variety of button-up shirts, have an established social calendar, and know how to coordinate wines with cheeses.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that you can't get away with only doing laundry once a month, and that your internet will get shut off if you forget to pay the bill. Of course I actually knew all this stuff, but knowing it is way different than practicing it, ya feel?
Here are some "adult" things that I still haven't figured out how to do:
Form political opinions based on cold hard facts and not things I saw on Twitter - I already have my opinions, but it's seldom that I watch the news, pick up a paper, or listen to CSpan while I do my homework. I need to spend more time researching the causes I care about, and even learning about what the other side thinks. It's hard to find reliable sources, so most times I just stay out of it.
Keep any kind of savings - See, I love the idea of putting away a bunch of money each month, but it just doesn't happen. I catch myself stalking Sephora's website more often than I stalk my online banking account. I get by okay, but I wish I had more of a plan to stick to when it comes to money.
Fall into a routine - My school and work schedules can change at a moment's notice, and that's not always ideal. Sometimes I find myself sitting around just because I haven't planned anything to do, and then I end up running around like a chicken with my head cut off when I actually have tasks I need to take care of. I think if I woke up at the same time every day, developed a routine and stuck to it, my life would run a lot more smoothly. I just haven't figured any of that out yet, and I kinda don't want to. It sounds too much like work.
Take care of myself and my belongings - I love healthy foods and all that jazz, but at the same time I find it hard to shake off that pizza craving. I can waste my life away on Netflix and forget the gym even exists. My clothes end up strewn all over the floor or thrown in a corner instead of being folded or hung up in the closet. I'm a lazy mess, I know.
Obligations - I recently got a notice calling me to Jury Duty, and I don't know the first thing about what to do. I had no idea it could happen to me. I also have... $80 in Library fees. Yeah, I forgot to return my books for 3 months. Oops. I'm young and dumb. It happens.
Dealing... and caring - I think part of being an adult is learning to tolerate things that scare or annoy you. At work, at home, and in social life. When things annoy me now, I usually find a way to escape. If I don't want to do something, a lot of the times I just don't do it. I ditch parties and social gatherings when they get the slightest bit lame, and flake on things I'm nervous about doing. Sometimes I just "forget," and to actually be an adult, I need to learn how to stop "forgetting" certain things.
In my defense, I'm still in college and I have plenty of time to "figure it all out." Is there a certain age when you suddenly become a real established adult? Maybe I'll have it all figured out by then. Or maybe I'll just stay a kid forever.
Are you a grown-up yet?