Becoming an adult can be a pretty stressful thing. You are now responsible for a whole world of things including your home, car and your career. When you have spent the best part of your life carefree and happy, it can be difficult to grasp what it is to be an adult.
If you want to grow into the most successful adult you can be, there are a few things you are going to need to know.
1.You don’t need to go out drinking every week
When you are a teen most of your wage is likely spent the day after you get your paycheck. Sure, drinking every weekend can be fun sometimes, but when you start to realise that you lose half of your weekend with a hangover it doesn’t seem quite as appealing anymore. As an adult you can no longer waste every penny you have on drinks because you need to pay your rent, but food for the house and pay off your car. You won’t have the same drive to go out either because you will enjoy getting home at the end of the day and not having to do anything.
2. You’ll need to admit when you are wrong
This one can be pretty difficult for a young person to hear, but it can be the best thing you do as an adult. Think about the number of petty arguments you have had in your teens over the stupidest things? These won’t happen anymore because you will both be able to know when you were wrong and admit your mistakes. It is a trait which is in most adults possess and can allow you to become a much more grounded person.
3.You are not an octopus
Contrary to what you might believe, you are not capable of doing everything at once. The worst thing young adults tend to do is try to manage every single thing at the same time, and often this will mean that you burn out and even have stress related illnesses as a result. It is important to remember that you are only human and you can only do a certain number of things. Let yourself take a break sometimes because this will give you the energy you need to be your best self.
4. You can’t know everything right away
Figuring out your life is something which young adults strive for, but if you ever ask an older adult how they figured it all out you would likely be laughed at. Life isn’t a puzzle to win, it is complex, unique and will present you with many challenges you don’t know how to fix. The important thing is that you face everything life has to offer with an open mind and this will allow you to become who you want to be.
5. There’s no such thing as popular
In your teens you are brainwashed into thinking that the only way you can be successful in life is to be popular, when in fact this is often the opposite. A lot of the time it is the quiet folk in your school who go on to do great things with their lives. The point to remember is that you are all different people and you all have different skills. Whether you were the head cheerleader or not has no impact on your adult life.
6. You need to spread your wings
If you have lived and grown up in the same area of the world, you will have a biased view on life. You will notice that when people come from different towns or states they have a different way of living to you, and this might seem strange. You will never truly find out who you are until you allow yourself to explore new places. You may be immersed in a culture which is alien to you, but you may grow to love it. You will never know unless you step out of your box and try something new.
7. You have to support yourself
There will no longer be a time when you enter the store with your parents and they buy you whatever you want. You will be completely responsible for your own way of life and your own finances. The bank of Mum and Dad will be closed after you leave high school so you need to figure out how to manage your money. This will likely include many nights on your laptop to compare cheap car insurance policies and many nights eating the same meal of beans on toast until you learn something new. But this is all a good learning experience and will carve you into a great person overall.