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.

Why I’m Always Angry When I Get Off Public Transport.

Okay I know my last post was a list of things I hate about retail and I’m sorry but this post is also going to be a list of things that really get my blood boiling and I know it may be hard to believe now but I am actually a nice and happy person usually. Just sometimes things happen that make you rethink about your faith in humanity. Most of this thinking happens when I’m on the bus or train just people watching. The smallest things tend to bug you when you’re bored and your phones dead so you cant listen to music.

– When people have an empty seat next to them and they’re sat on the aisle side but wont move along a seat even though they can see your hands are full of bags and you’re in no state to jump over them on a moving bus.

– The lady that tells you all the stops on the train. Yes I understand that its helpful but when you’re on a train from one end going to the other end of the line and there’s about 2745 stops you don’t need to hear every single stop the train will stop at each of its stops. Most of the people on that train take it every day. They know the stops and if you don’t there are maps on the walls of the train and an electronic sign telling you the rest of the stops.

– Youths. The loud rude ones that have just gotten out of school and find it fun to scream at each other on the bus whilst digging into their box of chips and laughing their heads off at something that isn’t even remotely funny.

– The beeping noise that happens on the bus as the doors shut. Why? Whats the need? We’ve already gotten a headache from the youths yelling and stomping about upstairs, we’re on our way home from work, we’re tired, we don’t need this high pitch noise.

– When people realize they’re on the wrong train and have a panic attack and act as though the next stop is Tombouctou. THEY STOP EVERY TWO MINUTES AND YOU CAN GO ACROSS TO THE OPPOSITE PLATFORM AND GO BACK!

– People that still try to pay cash on London buses and say that had no idea it was only Oyster cards and Contactless cards that they could use. How is that even possible its been like that got ages now! Now if its a tourist it doesn’t bug me as much but when you can tell its an actual Londoner you just look at them like “really?!”.

– When you’re finally out of traffic but the bus driver pulls up to the side and tells everyone he will wait there for a few minutes for a change in driver. Surely that could have been done as we sat in traffic for the last half hour. I understand it wont exactly be safe but it would mean that we wont be stuck in traffic again.

– People that I assume forget their headphones at home and decide to listen to their music out loud and have a little rave on their own.

– The little kid that stares at you. You know which one I mean. We’ve all had this happen to us probably more than once.

– Tourists that ask you if they’re on the right train even though the beautiful robotic voice of the woman telling you each stop has just said the station they want to get off at. Like, honey I have my earphones in, that means I don’t want to help.

– On the overground when people ask you for money. Please, I just want to travel without feeling guilty for not having change on me.

Arda xx