When you are a kid, everyone tells you that you should stop wishing to grow up. No one believes the grown ups who say this, because we all can’t wait to grow up a little and do things without rules. It’s not until you’re a grown up, though, that you realize that there are more rules as an adult than there ever was as a child.
You’ve probably noticed that there are some small things that you’ve been doing in the last few years to give you proof that you’re growing up. As much as you have been fighting against it, aging does – and will – happen to you if you are lucky enough to go through it. If you’re not sure that you’ve reached adulthood yet, let’s take you through a few signs that you’ve stepped into adulthood. We dare you to say that you haven’t noticed them happening to you!
You’re Watching The Pennies
Adults are on a budget unless they have super high-earning jobs that don’t require there to be a budget. Which means that most adults are on a budget and impulse buying is almost at an end. Bills are appearing in the mail, mortgages have to be paid, taxes need to be accounted for and adults do it all. You’re saving up for vacations you want to take and saving to build a custom home, too. It’s all in the budget for adults, and it’s not until adulthood you realize how much it all costs. Money management is probably the least fun job in the world, but it’s a job that has to happen and if you’re in the thick of it, you’ve reached peak adulthood.
You’re Cooking – Every Day
It’s not until you’re an adult and waiting for your parents to cook the evening meal that you realize that you’re the grown up now – and the evening meal is down to you! Most adults really enjoy cooking and learning how to make new meals, but there are a few who just don’t enjoy having to learn how to prepare healthy and nutritious meals.
You Manage Your Time
When you are a teenager, days are lazy and stretch into one another. You spend less time worrying about deadlines and time limits and more time thinking about how much fun you’re having. Now? Now it’s all about managing your time into segments to fit in your job, social life and family. There’s no time to read or relax unless you carve it out properly. Time management is a must, otherwise there’s just no time for anything.
You’re Willing To Give To Charity
When you transition into adulthood, you’re more willing to be more mature with your view of the world. You go from caring only about yourself to caring about the world around you. You see the heartbreak as well as the positive and you realize that not everyone is as lucky as you. When you see this, you’re far more likely to feel motivated to do better and be better, to give back and care more. Charities need help, and mature adults see that better than jaded young teens.
You’ve Got Views On Politics
It’s a privilege to consider politics as a concern. Those who remain apathetic to political stances are those who are blind to what’s going on in the world. As we get older, we start to see the world for what it really is, and this leads us into different political camps. We see what is right and what’s wrong in the world and we listen to the injustices going on in places beyond our country. Being involved in politics is one of the most grown up responsibilities any person can have, and we must all be wise to what’s going on in the world.
You’re Giving Advice
Every single adult gets into adulthood and starts giving other people advice. No adult is knowledgeable about the world, and we all find an adultier adult to get advice from for ourselves as we go along. Grown ups give advice to everyone who will listen. If this is you, if you start giving advice to everyone around you…you’ve made it to adulthood!
Being a grown up is something reserved for the privileged few, and if you find yourself in the throes of adulthood, consider yourself lucky to plan a dream home and manage a budget – you won’t ever get this time back.