Ahh, you’re finally an “adult.” As children, we longed for the days of independence where we could drive ourselves to the movies or to a friends house. When we became teenagers, we longed for the days where we could stay out as late as we wanted, buy alcohol legally and live on our own. Now that we’re “adults,” all we want to do is go back to being children. Because let’s face it, life is hard.
Starting Your Career
While this is definitely an exciting time, it’s also a very daunting time. You’re fresh out of college, desperate to find something in your field, and almost every job you apply for requires that you have “at least 3 years of experience.” You ask yourself, “How can I possibly have 3 years of work experience when I’ve spent the last 4 years writing research papers and studying for exams that are completely unrelated to real life?” When it comes to starting your career, the hardest part is weeding through all of the crappy job offers you’re going to get. And trust me, you will get crappy job offers…lots of them. I have a blog post dedicated to that subject entirely; check it out here.
Bills, Bill, Bills
Once you reach a certain age, your paycheck no longer goes solely to shopping or grabbing drinks with friends. Now you have to pay money just to live. You have a phone bill, car insurance, rent, student loans, possibly a mortgage, an electric bill, a water bill, a gas bill, a cable and internet bill, you have to pay for groceries, etc. etc. Believe me when I say the list goes on and on. On top of all of those expenses, you’re expected to contribute to a 401K, save money on your own and pay for ridiculously expensive health insurance.. All the while your parents are pressuring you to get married and have babies… Welcome to adulthood!
Student Loan Debt
I guess this sort of falls under bills, but in my opinion, this deserves its own category. The topic of student loans is discussed on the regular for me. Every single one of my friends is in debt because of student loans. Some more than others, but we all have this atrocity hanging over our heads. School is incredibly expensive, and the reason you go is to ensure that you get a good job later in life. The only problem is, many young people aren’t getting paid enough and have a hard time getting themselves out of this debt. Keeping up with your student loan bills every month on top of your other bills while working is stressful, but it’s just part of being an adult I guess…
Ah, I remember the days of waking up in the morning to a winter wonderland and getting the amazing news that school was closed…Yeah, that’s no longer a thing. In fact, snow is far less appealing as an adult because it just means that you have to wake up an hour early to shovel your car out and still get to work on time. When you’re an adult (unless you’re a teacher) you still have to participate in life regardless of the weather conditions. Employers want you to risk your life on the roads because sales are far more important than your well being…Kidding, but not really.. Snow sucks as an adult. But it is really pretty….
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