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Being an Adult is Overrated

Updated on November 28, 2011

Remember sitting in your room at the tender age of 16 writing in your secret notebook how much your parents made you so sick and you couldn’t wait until you could move out and get your own place? Well that, and how much you love that cutie in the third row in your English Lit. class. What was their name again? Anyway, wasn’t it just disappointing when you became an adult? Things ended up being a little different than what you thought they would be. Well for those of you adults that know an eager beaver from the generation of today please inform them of a few of the reasons listed below as to why they should hold on to their youth as long as they can.

You Have to Work

Uncle Sam knows exactly what he’s doing. He knows you have to eat and in order to eat you have to work. Your work days can range from 8 – 12 hour days depending on what career you chose. And if you decided to be something powerful such as an attorney or doctor, add another 10 – 12 hours to that. You now will spend most of your days with coworkers and customers not significant others and friends. There may come a time where it feels like all you do is work. You work until your back gives out or you retire. Hopefully it’ll be the latter of the two. And what would be really awesome is if you enjoyed your work. Not many people can say they enjoy what they do. And for them, work can be grinding.

Still Answer to Someone Else

Ha! You thought that answering to your parents was bad. Working is all about answering to “the man.” Unless you started your own company right after you graduated from college chances are high you will be working under someone else. Which means you will be yes ma’am-ing and sir-ing to someone over you. And if you don’t have the drive to change it and become your own boss it will stay that way until you retire. Not that that is a bad thing but you need to realize that in life there’s always rules and regulations to follow. Rules and regulations that may not be your own.

No more sleeping in late

Kiss these days good-bye toots! I’m thankful for every day that I get to sleep in. And if it’s a non-weekend day it seems to feel a little extra special. Once you start working, sleeping in late will be a rarity and a luxury that you need to cherish. Your sleeping patterns now answer to the sound of an alarm clock.

Bills to pay

Oh this one will really bowl you over. Nothing says, “Hello world, I’m an adult” like your first electric bill, phone bill, car note and rent. Mommy and daddy can help you only so much the first few months. And if they really want to get rid of you…I mean love you, they might foot some of your expenses a few more months beyond that to try and ease you into things. But for most newbie adults parents won’t be so eager to do this because they themselves have been adults for a long time and have bills of their own to pay. If they do offer you a lending hand, you have no idea how lucky you are and you should thank them. Otherwise after your bills are paid there might not be any "fun" money left to play with unless you have managed to find yourself with a really well paying job.


Remember how washing dishes at home sucked? Or having to vacuum right before you left the house to hang with your buddies was a joke to you. Well guess what, as an adult you still have to do chores. You may not have to do them because someone else ordered you to but unless you have dreams of being a hoarder sooner or later you will have to clean up your own messes. Then once you really start being responsible there’s doctors and dentist appointments amongst other things that you have to keep up with.

I’ll Eat Whatever I Want

You’ll eat whatever you can afford. And this may include fish sticks and tater tots if rent is sucking all your spending cash. Groceries aren’t as cheap as they used to be sport, so scrimping and saving all your pennies for going out may now need to go towards bread and milk. And being an adult also doesn’t mean you can choose to eat unhealthily either. Your mother told you to eat your veggies for a reason. Ditching those good habits could cause you more of a headache with your health later so eat your green veggies and go easy on the starches.

So for you youngsters out there that think you know best, take it from an adult that growing up isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be. There are responsibilities that you have to deal with on a day to day basis. Yes, you can now lead your own life and have certain freedoms that don’t come with living at home but some things are no picnic. So before you try to rush through your life, enjoy the days of living at home because once you’re out, you’re out.


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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      No problem OfTheHeart. :-) I love the life I have and I'm thankful for it but it was a little bit nicer when my mom worried about the bills and I just played with my My Little Ponies. Ha!

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      Stephanie 6 years ago from New York

      Wow, this hub really hits home for me. I was nodding my head throughout. I wish I was a kid again, worry-free and the ability to undo so many mistakes we as adults still commit. Thanks for bringing me back :)

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      Workforprofit 6 years ago from USA

      You have to enjoy life, too many rules and regulations to


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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      True, true. Being an adult is fun but somedays I dread working and all that icky stuff ya gotta do.

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      Carlon Michelle 6 years ago from USA

      "You'll eat what you can afford." Too funny and oh so true. But I must say, I'd NEVER want to go back. I love being an adult!!!!!!! Smile!

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I agree. While there are some things that I enjoy as an adult, having a life of responsibility is far more daunting than you think.

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Yep, the cycle continues. Now I'm just waiting for retirement. Ha! Thanks princesssss!

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago


      This was a fun hub to read. Like they say, "the grass is always greener on the other side" How true is that?

      When we are preteens we look forward to be teens. While we are teens we look forward to get into college. During college we look forward to start working and being fully independent adults. The journey goes on and on. And that's exactly why the best moment to enjoy life, is right now! Nice hub.