Adult Life: Things we should’ve been warned about

The day that you finally finish education all your worries go away and you feel so free and happy… until… you wake up the next day and think “What now?” You dont know what to do with yourself. If you lived away for uni you move out of your student house and get hit with the hard reality of adult life. A few months later you start to look at the real adults around you and wonder how on earth they do it. How do the not die from stress? how do they have time to go and do things? How do they not want to kill themselves when another bill arrives? Or even how the hell do that keep a poker face about it all??? So for this post I have decided to list a few things I think we should have all been warned about before being thrown into adult life.

 

  1. Water bill. This is apparently a thing; a pretty expensive thing depending on where you live. I always went about my life thinking there were only gas, electric and phone bills. I was clearly living in my own little happy bubble when I would take hour long showers and leave taps running.
  2. Work commute. Pre adult life you get so used to going to your little retail or restaurant job doing shift work and always wish you just had a proper 9-5 job. No hun, you don’t. A 30 minute journey turns into a 1h30min journey. You’re stuffed into a bus or train filled with other sweaty 9-5ers and on top of that it even costs more to travel at those times!
  3. Everyone is serious. All the time. You just end up so fed up always being faced with new adult life things that you can no longer take a joke. You’re just super stressed all the time.
  4. Comfy shoes. Noone tells you that that woman on the train you used to see on the way to school with really ugly shoes didn’t actually chose to wear those. She had to. Comfy shoes for some reason are always so ugly and if you’re commuting to and from work its best to just put up with the ugliness because you never know if you’ll be sat down for your journey or stood up the whole time and if you’re running late you’re going to have to run to work.
  5. No energy. Back at uni you could go out 5 nights of the week and still be fine but now you go out once or stay up passed 12am and you’re literally dead for the next two days.
  6. No friends. You don’t really realise how hard it is to actually meet people. fair enough you’ll have uni mates and work friends but other than that how on earth do you make friends? It not like at school when you go up to someone and be all “Hey I like your pencil case, lets be friends” If you did that now you would see that other person run. run fast.
  7. Holidays. You only typically have about 20-25 days of holiday from work and it may seem like nothing but you cherish it so much! its not like being at uno for three months then having a month of  three times a year. You need to make those 25 days count!
  8. Food. Its not actually acceptable to wake up and have last nights kebab or pizza for breakfast anymore. During student life you would have been so chuffed to find half a pizza still in the box and you would think to yourself “Thank you last nights Arda for not finishing this” But its not acceptable. You need to start eating fresh cooked food and healthy things. After all, our bodies are actually giving up on us now.
  9. Council tax. This is when you truly realise you are no longer a student and you have entered adult life. I don’t really need to explain this its just a sad expensive fact.
  10. Everyone else. You soon realise that all the people around you are either getting engaged or married or having kids and you’re still at home trying to connect to the downstairs cafes wifi to watch Netfilx.
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