12 Reasons Why Becoming An Adult Is Terrifying

12 Reasons Why Becoming An Adult Is Terrifying

Growing up is scary.

There is not a moment in a person's life where they wish to not grow up. Growing up and going into adulthood means getting a job, a car, a house or apartment and having responsibilities. Those who are already in adulthood or as I'd like to call it "Adulting" sometimes long for the days that they do not have to worry about all the responsibilities they have now. Going into adulthood is a scary thing, exhilarating yes, but also quite terrifying at the same time. The fear of growing up is mostly faced by college students. They are at that in-between stage of finishing school, getting a job and facing the real world. A few reasons why people are scared about growing up are:

1. Not knowing what is ahead.

What is terrifying the most about growing up is not knowing that is going to happen along the road. You've had your life mapped out while you are still in school, but once school is over and you step into the real world where you have to work and make a living for yourself you are afraid of not knowing what you will face along the way.

2. Getting the job you want.

Getting that dream job that you have been wanting for as long as you can remember plays a factor in growing up. Sometimes getting what we want is not easy and a job is one of those things where you have to work hard to achieve it.

3. Having many responsibilities.

Adults have a lot of responsibilities, that's what makes adulthood so much fun (not really!). Going into adulthood, you have responsibilities like paying bills, buying a car, house etc. Having many responsibilities is stressful and one of the reasons most people are afraid to grow up.

4. Paying your own insurance.

You know you have reached adulthood when your parents no longer include you in their insurance plan. Being an adult means paying for your own insurance and the thought of paying for own insurance makes it real that you're an adult.

5. Fear of separation.

Some people have gotten used to having their parents or friends around them so much that when it is time to move on and start their own individual lives, they get separation anxiety. Although it is scary, it's part of life and we have to become our own individuals.

6. Fear of loneliness.

When we become adults, the fear of loneliness is something we often go through. Being independent and living on your own is what makes the fear of growing up more prominent. Even though starting a career and being on your own seems intimidating it won't be once you take that first step towards independence.

7. Doing taxes.

You've watched your parents rush to do their taxes, now it's your turn to do yours but you have no idea where to even begin. Not filling for taxes is illegal so its one of those things you have to do which makes it more terrifying.

8. Buying work clothes.

All those times you wore sweat pants, shorts and t-shirts everywhere you went is sadly coming to an end. Being and adult requires the need to looking professional about eight percent of the time. The days of lazy clothing has come to an end.

9. Not having breaks.

The moment you get a job after graduating college is the last time you'll get breaks (except if you become a teacher). Say good goodbye to fall, winter, spring and summer breaks and hello to labor.

10. Waking up before 12 a.m.

It is hard enough getting out of bed at 12. Being an adult means waking up early for the rest of your life till you retire. Let's be real, that is not the most pleasant thing about becoming an adult.

11. Making friends.

Not only was it scary making friends in college, but having to do it all over again when you become an adult while starting a new job makes it also frightening.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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