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Adulting is Hard

By Gena Sysavath
Web Content Contributor

The absolute worst thing that happens to people is quite literally aging.

I mean it is for some people. I am a part of that group. 

I am absolutely terrified of getting older. I have been terrified the moment society dubbed me as an adult at the ripe age of 18. The moment you are legal, things start changing. 

First off, when you’re an adult, you can go to jail. It is not juvie anymore; no, it is jail. It is a scary thought when you are a goody-two-shoe who has never hurt a fly. If you screw up badly one time, you are off to the slammer. Now, if you screw up real bad, it’s prison.

If you live a very safe life, then there’s just the issue of being an adult. Just because society had dubbed you the title of adult, does not mean you are being an adult.

You have to learn how to manage time and we all know that it is hard sometimes. You have to be able to go to work, do all your chores, socialize and still be able to get enough sleep. At this point, I already accepted procrastination as a friend that I have to follow until the end.

You have to do things by yourself. You cannot, no matter how much you try, depend on your parents forever. You are going to have to pay for everything, by yourself. You have to learn how to cook and pay bills. You will have to get your own insurance and phone plan.

I barely could talk to people without hyperventilating and you expect me to be able to call doctors and tell them about my bodily issues?

Life really has us go from tiny little potato looking things that depend their life on their birth givers to suddenly needing to do everything on their own. We are quite literally thrust into adulthood because you don’t get a choice to be an adult, you just are.

Suddenly, all the things you liked as a kid, can not be liked as an adult because it’s “childish.” If I want to watch cartoons, I am going to watch cartoons. If I want to go to the park just to go down the slide, then that’s exactly what I am going to do. Why should all the mini people get all the fun?

Then there’s the social aspect. You have to start networking in order to get a great job and live an oh-so-happy life. It’s not just friends anymore; you are also creating a connection for your future.

There is just so much to do when you have to be independent. It’s suffocating at times and the only thing you can do is move on. You have to learn to do everything yourself and move on with your life. Life will never feel like easy leisure like it was when you were a kid.

I really wish I did not take nap time for granted. 

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