Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Not So Great Things About Being a Grown Up

The other day, my friend Ashley posted a really encouraging post-When Adulthood Isn't What We Thought It Would Be.

And it got me thinking. I thought about the years I wished away as a teenager, dreaming of finally being an adult. As a college student, who couldn't wait to own a house with a two car garage and a backyard in the suburbs. One who thought commuting to a 9-5 professional job where I had to get up, get ready, and look not only presentable but professional sounded glamorous.

Sure, there are some great things about being an adult. No one tells me what time I have to be home by, and I can stay up as late as I want. If I want to eat chips and salsa for dinner, no one reprimands me. I like the size of my paycheck far more now then I did when I was in college, but, why is it that that money doesn't seem to go as far anymore? I think being an adult is just plain hard sometimes. Here are ten not so great things about being a grown up, according to Brittany:

1. Taxes are confusing and maddening
2. Working five days a week, 52 weeks a year. I definitely took my automatic spring, summer and winter breaks for granted. What I wouldn't give to have a week off every few months.


3. Spending your day off cleaning, grocery shopping and otherwise prepping for your work week.
4. Spending all your money at Lowes on supplies to take care of and manage your home and yard.
5. Not having the option to "skip class" when you were tired, grumpy, sick or even just needed a day off.
6. Going shopping usually doesn't mean a new dress and pair of heels for your night out with friends. It usually involves toilet paper, cleaning supplies and laundry soap.
7. Getting calls from the college you graduated from asking for "alumni donations".
8. Waking up every single day for work close to the time you went to bed in college
9. Getting paid and watching that money vanish that day by the time you pay your mortgage and utilities
10. Parties just aren't as fun as being at home eating chips in bed.


Tell me-whats your least favorite part of being an adult?  If you are feeling particularly positive, tell me why you love being an adult. Ice cream for dinner?


20 comments:

  1. HAHAHA the alumni donations.. just NO. I got a psychology degree from you guys, I make nothing (ha)!

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  2. I'm with you...days off are no longer days off, they're days to do work that you don't get paid for.

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  3. I love having my own place…but hate the responsibility of keeping up with it. What happened to calling mom or dad or maintenance when something broke?!

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  4. This couldn't be more spot on. I used to wish away HS to go to college and while I loved college, there was a part of me that couldn't wait to dress professionally and "work" in a cubicle. WHAT?! I wish I could skip work for a few hours like I could skip class. And sometimes I feel like I had more money in college because I got to actually use on it myself versus the stack of bills now. Being a grown up is awesome, but expensive and tiring.

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  5. Taxes for sure are no fun! And watching your money go for things like groceries, oh how I took those well stocked pantry's at home for granted.

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  6. This is so true! Bills now take away the money that used to go to clothes and shoes and going out. The worst for me has been not having a winter break! What do you mean I can't go home for Christmas?! Actually working the entire week around the holiday definitely throws me off!

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  7. i agree with all of this!! i can't believe i took 2pm naps & days off without having to run errands for granted! i would give anything for a day with absolutely nothing to do!!
    the thing i hate the most is having to buy toilet paper! it is something that i don't really WANT to buy.... but i have to buy it... and it just sucks lol

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  8. YES to all of this! Thankfully the calls stopped coming in for alumni donations, does anyone actually donate unless they come from an insanely wealthy family?

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  9. Yes...especially number 1!! We work so hard for our money and then poof they take so much!! Number 10 is so true...Saturday nights are so not what they used to be!!

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  10. I have to agree with taxes - especially self-employed. I just wanna go back to being a kid when the only responsibility was putting my shoes on before I went outside. ha

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  11. These are all so true! I also miss the days of just being able to sit outside on the quad with my homework sipping on a cocktail of some sort without a care in the world.

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  12. My least favorite part is when I realized the "bar scene" truly bores me. I just thought to myself "IS THIS WHAT BEING AN ADULT IS LIKE?!" Hahaha.
    Everything on your list is perfection!

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  13. Yes all of these ha! Love the "not being able to take the day off because I'm grumpy" one the best. Also - the free food in the dining hall at college that I used to complain about, having to PAY taxes instead of getting a refund, and not being able to eat or drink whatever I want.

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  14. I have been venting lately how I can't wait to finish up my last year of college and get into the real world and make "real world' money, and then BAM I see this! While I still can't wait for graduation, I love that the Lord used you to remind me to slow down and savor and cherish these last few months I have left before I REALLY turn into a grown up without the luxury of spring and Christmas breaks!

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  15. Taxes - definitely feel ya on that one UGH. Also second the working 52 weeks a year on meaningless crap (well mostly meaningless). Why do we humans even bother? We've constructed this fake office envrionment for us to toil away in doing stuff that doesn't really matter. I find that so maddening. Some parts of being an adult are pretty cool though, like ... well I'll get back to you on that. Ha. :)

    - Michelle at PermanentDaydream.com

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  16. Going to bed before midnight. Realizing that a Friday night in actually sounds really good. When you have a limited vacation time. YEP. this is the perfect post. especially 2-4.

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  17. Seriously! Spending hard-earned money on boring stuff like bleach and toilet paper and dish soap is no fun!

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  18. I don't live with my parents which is good, I like that :) Being completely responsible for myself and my daughter is the downfall of being an adult... a lot of responsibility... second time around for me now... :)

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  19. I feel you on all these things!! I may have a spring break from school, but I still have work which is a major bummer! Oh, and taxes......

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  20. Ahaha I have these thoughts and I'm only second year in college! I really, really do not know why I was in such a hurry to "grow up"!

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