7 Times You Secretly Love Adulting

7 Times You Secretly Love Adulting

Adulting is hard, but comes with some great perks.

When people hear the word "adulting", it's as if there is an automatic disgust and dread toward it. Adulting, or the act of being an adult, is that thing no one looks forward to doing. Maybe you get your first taste of it in college- maybe sooner, maybe later. Regardless, it can be tough. It's nice to complain about it with friends through growing pains, because misery loves company. However, I know there are those secret parts of us that enjoy taking on the responsibility of being a contributing member of this society. Truly, there are some pretty sweet things that come with the territory.

1. When you have the freedom to do what you want with your time.

Ron Swanson

It's nice to have no one tell you what to do or where to go and to choose how to spend your time. You learn the power of the word "no" very quickly. Sometimes a night in watching Netflix is way better than going out.

2. When you can make your own choices at the grocery store.

Justin Timberlake

As annoying as grocery shopping is, at least you can pick the food you want, right?

3. When budgeting leads to freedom and peace of mind.

Treat Yo Self

When you have money, learn how to manage it, and are disciplined, it's amazing how freeing it can be. You definitely have the power to save up for that new computer or Apple watch. It just takes some time and income. Being able to handle money makes adulting fun.

4. When you can choose who is allowed in your life.

Mean Girls

It's incredible to be able to surround yourself with people who love you, support you, and build you up. When people become negative, toxic, or selfish, you have the power to respectfully keep your distance.

5. When you earn that thing you worked hard to earn.

Leslie Knope

Adult life comes with pursuing the opportunities you always dreamed would come true. Even if you don't turn out where you thought you would, it's still exhilarating to achieve something you worked hard to earn.

6. When you have the power to make your voice heard.

President Obama

As Americans, we are lucky to be able to make our voices heard during some tough decisions. We can have a voice in electing people who we feel will best lead us. We have the power to call our politicians and express want for change. Want stricter gun control? Want reform? You have multiple avenues and ways to advocate for what you believe in- and it's important to do so. On top of that, voting and expressing your beliefs also feels pretty good.

7. When you get to contribute to making people's lives better.

Hand in Hand

Being an adult gives you much freedom to help make the world better. Whether it's through tornado relief efforts, donating to hurricane recovery in Puerto Rico, Texas, or Florida, or helping fundraise to help St. Jude find a cure for cancer, you have a way to help make those things happen. Giving back is a surreal part of adulting.

Adulting comes with some major perks. Adulting leads to more responsibilities, but you get to learn how to take care of yourself and give back to those who took care of you. You can make a positive impact on those around you and continue to learn. You may never get it right or be perfect, but does anyone ever?

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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New Year, New Goals... Same Me

And no... not resolutions because how often do those change.


Having a goal and having a resolution may be the same for some people. But to me, having a "New Years Resolution" implies you are going to immediately begin the new year achieving your resolution. I believe that you should take 2019 as a step stool. Work towards your goals and by the end of the year, have them be achieved.

1. Utilize my planner everyday

Finding time in your schedule to see friends or grab a coffee is important for your social life. While finding time to relax, nap or to watch a movie is critical to your health. A planner puts your whole week right in front of you. This year I got a planner that showed me every hour of every day. This way I can see not only if I have time for a quick nap, but if I have time to get in a solid workout. Last year I kept so many planners, I would write some things in one and then some in another. Key is to stick to one planner and make it your best friend.

2. Less social media, more media

I have recently decided to delete my Instagram. I was spending too much time opening the app in awkward situations or stalking people that made my life seem BLEH.

We need to realize no one on social media is going to post a picture of them sleeping, "its oh-so-very hard for me to get out of bed in the mornings. #Depressed."

Everyone portrays their lives to be picture perfect, literally. When we are all so similar. Deleting Instagram not only forces me to stay off it but also encourages me to do something more productive like read or even watch the news. At least I'll be educating myself on current day issues rather than lowering my self-ideals based on an unrealistic, virtual world.

3. Give love every day

Whether giving love means to your family, to your friends, or a total stranger. If you made someone feel special, you met the goal of giving love. Now my goal is to make at least one person feel this love every day of this year. I'm sure you've heard this since Kindergarten, but people typically remember negative things and forget the positive things.

So let's fill the world with compliments and positive thoughts making no room in the human brain for the negative notions.

4. Pray more, talk less

I have to say; I am not religious at all. I have been to church maybe twice in my life, but I have learned rather than talking to other people, talk to God, or if you don't believe in a God, talk to yourself. Right before bed is a great time to say you're thankful for the big man and for the world we live in.

Ask him questions and search for the answers. Don't rely on other people to give you answers. Trust God and yourself.

5. Be more thankful

The more thanks you give, the more blessed you will feel. And feeling blessed is a way to ultimate happiness. Be thankful for Every. Little. Thing. Not just materialistically, but for the things others may not be so fortunate to have. The more thankful you are, the less you will feel sorry for yourself. And I think we are all guilty of feeling sorry for ourselves when life seems shittiest.

You will learn to focus on what you have rather than what you need.

6. Do everything for your best friend

And by your best friend, I mean YOURSELF. Workout to make yourself happy. Not to look good for the boy next door. Do good in school to have a bright future. Not to make more money than your siblings. Make your bed. Not to make your roommate happy, but to start your day off right. Buy a homeless man a blanket. Not to say you did it, but to give someone love. And push yourself to be your best self for yourself.

Make the primary goal of 2019 discovering yourself and learning something new every day. Don't make 2019 about changing you but make it about becoming your best self.

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