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9 hurdles you have to overcome before you can call yourself an adult

Welcome to the real world kiddo.

MOVING OUT FOR the first time is a big deal. We’re not talking about moving out for college either, we’re talking about moving out from home forever. Saying goodbye to the folks and heading for the big city for your first adult job. Or maybe you’re not heading to the big city, but you get the picture.

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Here are 9 hurdles you have to get past on your way to becoming a successful adult.

1. Learning how to cook.

Some of us just didn’t learn to cook until we absolutely had to and that’s ok. Nothing beats the smugness of making your first meal. The challenge then becomes doing it over and over again and also eating a balanced diet. Godspeed.

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2. Having to make phonecalls.

For some reason, we’re now a generation that despises making phone calls. Unfortunately for us in the real world, you can’t send WhatsApps to the man who installs your internet. Pick up the phone lads.

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3. Budgeting.

You suddenly become very aware of how much everything costs and how quickly you go through things. You start counting the pennies like they’re going to disappear and lament all that money you earned for babysitting in the mid-2000s that you blew on Tangfastics and clothes.

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4. Doing the weekly shop.

Meal planning isn’t fun, going out to buy groceries isn’t fun. Trying to remember to buy milk on the way home only to forget and then have everyone yell at you for forgetting to buy milk is also not fun.

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5. Cleaning.

It takes you moving out to realise what a stellar job your parents or your siblings or your cleaner did. You end up looking like one of those people in an American infomercial trying to sell you a power washer.

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6. Sorting out disagreements.

Gone are the days where you could just flounce off to your room when someone annoyed you. As an adult, you have to work out disagreements such as whose job it is to clean the kitchen and why coming home drunk at 3am and waking everyone up is not acceptable behaviour on a Tuesday night anymore. NATO wouldn’t touch these negotiations.

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7. Looking after yourself when you’re sick.

You have to take yourself to the doctor as well as make your own soup and reminding yourself to take your medicine. It’s not a fun time at all.

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8. Just looking after yourself in general.

It’s hard to learn how to adult properly. Just remember to eat your veg and try not to get scurvy or food poisoning and you should be fine.

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9. Understanding taxes.

Just kidding, nobody understands taxes.

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