Adulting at 26, Who Said It Was Gonna Be Easy?

I remember being about 10 years old and daydreaming about my cool adult self. Oh-yeah, I was going to be just like Alicia Silverstone in clueless, because at the time being an adult was being 16 years old. Now that I’m 26 , I look back on my childhood and laugh at how I used to think my “adult” house was going to be just as big, scratch that BIGGER, than my pink/purple Barbie house. I used to hate how every single adult you came into contact with as a child would tell you, “ Don’t try and grow up too fast, enjoy being a kid while you can”. I used to look at them and think enjoy being a kid? Yea sure, rolls eyes. I had to look up to everyone because they were so tall,and had to rely on my mom to cook all my meals because my easy bake oven didn’t cut it. Oh yea being a kid was rough.

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Well guess what, I’m an adult now and not much has changed. I still have to look up to all my superiors and bosses when they speak to me, I still have to rely on other people cooking my meals at times because the thought of standing in my non-air conditioned kitchen after work is just revolting. After reading multiple articles on how to succesfully adult, and how adulting sucks, I wanted to share my thoughts on how to just embrace adulting head on and just go with it. No matter how hard you fight it we won’t be forever young, but we are far from old. So stop your whining and embrace adulting.

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  1. Embrace getting caught up in what other people are doing, a little competition is good for the soul. Oh Susan got married last night on Instagram, nice. You got drunk last night and woke up to a hot unshaven stranger, I say your #winning.
  2. Embrace the fact that you get better looking with age. You’re like a glass of fine wine baby and ain’t nothing wrong with that. Need proof, just take a look at that 10th grade yearbook…Yea.
  3. Embrace the unknown, it can more beautiful than you think. Besides what’s the fun in knowing what’s going to happen everyday for the rest of your life.
  4. Embrace daydreaming. Just because your 26 doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to dream anymore. Just try not to do it during your 1pm conference call.
  5. Embrace being single, in a relationship, divorced, married, complicated- embrace whatever your status may be and don’t feel bad about it.
  6. Embrace not wanting to cook every night. Go out and become the biggest foodie and restaurant connoisseur that you know, just remember you still need rent by the 1st.
  7. Embrace the idea that you might not like the job you’re in right now, and have thought of quitting and chasing your true passions. Guess what? It’s okay. Go after what you really want.
  8. Embrace the fact that you might still have roommates, or live in a room and not an apartment. At least you have a place to sleep every night and shower every morning, most people pray for both.
  9. Embrace going after what you want and not giving two fucks what anyone thinks. If you wanna get chocolate wasted every Friday not because you work like a dog all week, then do it. If you want to get back with your ex who everyone says is no good for you, then do it. Its your life, and besides, you’re an adult and have control of what you choose to do. As long as it’s legal of-course.
  10. Embrace the moments where you’re completely alone, with just your breathe and your thoughts. Tune out the world, and just hangout with yourself. It’s okay to be comfortable being good with just you.
  11. Embrace that sometimes you really don’t want “no new friends”. Its part of life. As we get older our circle of friends gets smaller, ain’t nothing wrong with that. Keep your close friendships close and continue to nurture and grow them.
  12. Embrace trying new things. Never stop having that appetite to try out a new workout, or go to a new bar. Be just as excited about the world as you were when you were 18.
  13. Embrace being somewhere different that you were 5 years ago. It may not be exactly where your life plan was “supposed” to go, but you’re not in the exact same part in your life that you were back then. Thats something to be proud of.
  14. Embrace learning. Why do we even need to stop? We don’t, and you should make it a point to continue to learn as many new skills, languages, recipes, hair tutorials and Pinterest projects as you can. Yes Pinterest, you can learn more on there in a minute than you ever imagined. Trust.
  15. Embrace being 26. We’re still young, despite coming to the realization that your 4 years away from 30, who cares? Your not anywhere close to “old”. When you’re 30 you’ll look back and wish you could be 26 again. Its just the truth. So go forth and be 26, it wont ever be the same again.

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