S Explains: Growing Up

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It doesn’t matter how many times our older siblings, parents, and grandparents told us “don’t be in a rush to grow up… you’ll miss it all when you’re older”, we never truly understood just how much we would miss it until we were too old and tired to do anything about it.

Newsflash: Growing up is hard. And even though billions of people have gone through it before us, not one person has truly mastered the art of becoming an adult. (To be fair, being an adult is 15% standing in queues for overpriced beverages, 20% checking if you’ve gone into your overdraft yet, and 65% complaining about how tired you are–which I’ve already kind of mastered, so, props to me.)

No one ever warned us that “adulthood” would consist of headaches, being tired 99.9% of the time, and difficult, anxiety-inducing life decisions. When I was younger I was convinced that it would just mean I wouldn’t have a bedtime and didn’t have to go to school anymore.

I couldn’t have been more wrong!

Here are the 3 biggest misconceptions of “adulthood”:

1. You can do what you want with no consequences.

Yes, you can definitely stay out all night drinking until 2 am, or stay up watching movies till late, but when the sun rises and you have to get up for work, you will be a corpse. Sometimes I go to sleep at 11 pm, and I’m still tired! I’m 23, guys!! I’m not even old yet, and I’m already exhausted.

2. You will have it all aka it’s all Sex And The City-style fun and games.

You can work all day, party all night, and maintain an active, wild social life… aka the Sex And The City effect. But in my 23 years of life, I have never met a Carrie or a Samantha: girls that have the time and energy to go out on a regular basis, make (and actually stick to plans), and work, travel, shop etc, etc.

All in all, I think I’ve met like 5 people in my whole life who can actually find the energy to go to the gym or go eat Nando’s after work. (I am not one of these people.)

3. You will automatically know what you want to do with your life.

This one is a major bummer. I thought I would know everything about myself and my future by the time I reached 23. (I still don’t know anything at all.) I’ve spoken to many people who are older than me who are still struggling with their passion or, as I like to call it, their bliss. Although our parents and cheesy coming of age movies try to convince us that we will “find ourselves” when we reach a certain age (when you graduate school, during college, when you hit the workforce), it’s not that easy.

But since I’m always fair and informative, here are some of the actual realities of adulthood (for most of us anyway):

1. You are always tired – no matter how much sleep you get.

2. Socialising is always a chore. And you’re forever hoping someone cancels the plans.

3. People are lucky if they get a reply from you within 2 weeks of the initial text message.

4. You are still acting like a gap-year university student because you literally have no idea what you’re doing.

5. Dating is just as annoying, difficult and impossible as it was when you were 17. 

6. Motivation isn’t a close friend of yours.

7. You have imposter syndrome. You still feel like an angsty 16-year-old playing dress up. 

8. Life is expensive. Literally, everything costs money – money that you don’t have.

9. You have like 2 actual friends. Everyone else you have a selfie or Twitter conversation with are just acquaintances you awkwardly run into at concerts or in your local Tesco.

10. You basically live in your overdraft. “Welcome to broke city” 

Ahh, adulting. Isn’t it just the best?!

This obviously isn’t the end of this pitiful list – there are many more harsh realities of being a grown up – but if you refer back to point number 1, you will understand why I cannot go on. *Yawns into another dimension*

Well, I guess this is growing up…

Even though it can be trying at times, stay bodacious, adult siren babes. You’re doing fine. Go take a nap.

S

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