How To Be A Proper Adult

How To Be A Proper Adult

Have you checked all these guidelines off the list yet?

If you are a college student or just a person in your twenties who thinks they deserve to be called an adult, grab a pen and start checking these off your list. Once you achieve these major milestones, you will proudly hold the title of “Adult.” However, this is a difficult challenge. Not everyone can do it. Good luck, and may the adulting be ever in your favor.

1. Learn how to make food that isn’t Ramen or HotPockets. Eggs would be a good start. Or bacon. Breakfast for dinner will always be a good choice.

2. Watch the news. This is a boring milestone, but you should know what’s going on in the world via something that isn’t Facebook. Adulting level expert requires watching the 6am segment.

3. Quit impulse buying. You do not need to go to Walmart at midnight for strawberry cheesecake. This also goes for Little Caesar’s pizza.

4. Pay for your own (GASP) Netflix account. But don’t stay up binge watching. If Netflix asks you if you are still watching, you are not adulting properly.

5. Dudes: learn how to tie a tie. No, not just the simple knot, or a clip-on. That looks like you are a fifteen year old going to your first interview. I’m talking the double-windsor knot. If you don’t know what that is, you are not an adult yet.

6. Stop watching, quoting, and posting memes revolving around SpongeBob. Some of you may want to sacrifice your adulthood for this, but there are other shows that don’t kill brain cells. I swear.

7. Sweatpants are comfy. So is your old oversized hoodie with the spicy salsa stain. But these clothing items are no longer meant for public. Or 8am class, if you are a college student wanting to grow up.

8. Keep your living area clean. This means no old fast food bags or tv dinners molding under your bed. This means your clothes should be hanging in the closet or folded in drawers. I still haven’t mastered this step in adulting, but I’m getting there.

9. This might be too obvious, but MOVE OUT OF YOUR PARENTS HOUSE. You cannot claim the title of “adult” if you are in your mid-to-late twenties and still living at home. Make a new home for yourself. Maybe even hang some photos on the walls. But just move already.

10. Toilet paper is an essential key to adulting. There will be a time when you forget to re-stock and don’t realize it until it’s too late. Adults don’t forget to buy toilet paper because they know what it’s like to suffer.

11. Get a big kid job. And when I say big kid, I mean get an adult job. Or at least work full time. Celebrating getting off your part-time shift early and going for drinks with your friends is not the adult way of saving money.

12. Someday, all your friends will be married with families and you will still be sitting in the local bar with a crowd five years younger than you. To adult properly, one must start taking relationships seriously. Unless you are Jordan Belfort. Then you can adult however you want.

13. Keep your word. As an adult, giving someone your word actually means something. You can’t just tell someone you will be there to help assemble their Ikea furniture and then not show up. If you say something, you follow through with it. Or you sacrifice your adulthood.

14. Try to wear matching socks. This isn’t really required to be an adult, but it just feels right. If your socks match, chances are you are well on your way to having your life together.

15. Keep the inner details of your life off of Facebook. If Betsy from high school, whom you have spoken two words to in your entire lifetime, knows exactly what you and your boyfriend were fighting about last night and why you hate a certain co-worker, you are posting too much information. Keep it mature, people, and you shall achieve adulthood.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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