Seven Times You Realized Adulthood Just Wasn't For You

Seven Times You Realized Adulthood Just Wasn't For You

I give up, I want my mom.
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It seems as though I waited my whole life to turn 18. All the possibilities and freedoms that age held dazzled me. Graduating high school, moving away to college, registering to vote, buying “scratchies," getting a credit card - all were so exciting to me. As much fun as those first few months of “freedom” were, here I am, almost three years later, wishing I could rewind to 10 years old. I cant be the only one who sometimes truly believes that adulthood just isn’t for them. The struggle is really real when you find yourself in the following situations:

1. Applying for Jobs/Creating a Resume

When you’re a teenager, most “jobs” that you have are for family or friends, paid under-the-table in cash, and don’t require much skill or professionalism. Everything from babysitting to raking leaves and shoveling snow made you a pretty decent amount of money for a 15-year-old.

However, the job search during and after college isn’t that simple. Having a job as an adult is a necessity, especially if you’ll be living on your own or paying back student loans. Gone are the days where your parents could ask their friends if they needed help watching their kids. Creating a resume and finding a job is hard work, and it's only half the battle. You spend stress-filled hours upon hours searching through listings only to apply somewhere that doesn’t even offer you an interview. If you’re lucky enough to land one, you have to dress and act professionally enough to survive an interview. You then wait days to find out of you’ve been offered an entry-level position somewhere you don’t even really want to work. The search seems never-ending sometimes. Anyone have a lawn they need mowed?!

2. Whenever You’re Sick

No matter if it’s a runny nose or the full-blown flu, there’s never a time when you’ve wanted to crawl back into your mom’s arms more. As an adult, you realize the world doesn’t stop turning just because you have a little cough. Most times, our responsibilities, work, or school (sometimes both) require us to drag ourselves out of bed and into the cruel world. And not to mention that we have to take OURSELVES to the doctors. Where’s mom when you need her?! Oh, right, being an adult.

3. Filling Up Your Gas Tank

Long gone are the days where your parents would drive you to school, a friend's house, practice, etc. As awesome as having the freedom to drive yourself around is, paying for and pumping your own gas sucks. What do you mean, my parents’ cars didn’t run on magic?! It’s often in the worst situations, like rain or traffic, when you realize your gas light is about to go on and you need to find a station ASAP. It feels like you’re pumping your paycheck into your car, only to drive to work and start all over again. Yeah, adulthood is annoying.

4. Paying Bills/Buying Groceries

Speaking of draining your bank account, nowadays, all of your hard-earned money actually has to be spent on serious things. In high school, you could put your own money towards whatever clothes or technology you wanted. Now, bills need to be paid (on time) every month and you seemingly buy groceries once a week. I always thought my twenties would be spent blowing all my money on booze and clothes. Well, yeah, if I want to starve and live on the streets. Responsibilities, responsibilities.

5. Meeting Deadlines

Whether it is for work or school, deadlines are way more serious now than they were when you were 12. It was no big deal to miss class in middle school, but now, a missed assignment or workday can result in failure or losing your job. Mom can’t write a note to clear those issues up. Late nights in the library or the office have you missing the days when you had a bedtime.

6. Doing Laundry

There is nothing worse than putting your dirty clothes in your hamper and realizing the day will soon come when you have to actually wash them. Your money that didn’t go to bills or food probably went to clothes, which is now wasted, because you shrink or stain everything you try to clean. Behind you are the days where your mom or dad would have your clothes washed, folded, and put away every week. My adult self really wishes I paid attention more as a kid.

7. Maintaining Friendships/Relationships

When you’re young, friendships take no effort at all. You click with someone, see them every day at school, and get to hang out whenever you’re all free (all the time). As adults, responsibilities get in the way, and you actually have to work at maintaining those friendships/relationships. All of a sudden, you have to schedule time for lunch with your boyfriend or a shopping trip with your friends. Life was easier when you could just hang out on the playground at recess.

Even though it’s not nearly as easy as being young, adulthood holds so many possibilities for growth, freedom, and success. Still, there’s nothing wrong with wishing you were a kid again every once in a while (per hour).

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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