When you’re growing up as a teenager, all you can think about is how much you want to move out of the house and be able to do whatever the hell you want. And I’ll admit, it is awesome. I feel that mostly everyone just complains about all the responsibilities we inherit as we become older and we never really take the time to remember how great it actually is. So for those of you who have forgotten, and for those of you are wondering if it really is all it is cracked up to be, read below. Because we could all use a bit more positivity in our lives.
Below are the five biggest reasons I love being an adult.
You can eat what you want. You are no longer forced or have regulations around what you ingest. It is solely your decision and the freedom of that is amazing. You no longer are told that you can’t have ice cream for dinner or you can’t just go through the McDonald’s drive thru for french fries.
And when you do make the decision to eat healthy and feel good about yourself, you can be proud, as it was solely your idea and your hard work that got you there.
You have to pay for everything yourself. I know that this may seem like I meant it as a joke, but I actually love the fact that I don’t have to ask my parents for money anymore. Remember the days when you had to ask for $20 to go to the movies and your parents would only give you $10? And you sighed because you now had to choose between an ICEE or a popcorn??
As an adult, you can go to the movies and buy whatever the hell you want. Or you can make the decision to save money and sneak a water bottle in and just buy the ticket. It’s totally your choice. But the difference is, you know have one.
You can exercise your wanderlust. All those vacations and holidays you told yourself you’d one day go on? Done. You have no excuses now. Go out in the world and see things. Save your money and travel. If your friends don’t have the money to go with you, go on a solo trip. It’s a scary scary thing to travel far away from your comfort zone alone, but it is so rewarding. And you won’t be able to stop once you start, trust me.
This is by far the best part about growing older. I have been to England and the Netherlands and made many NYC and Chicago visits since I moved out of the house two years ago. I love that I get to choose when and where I am going next and the satisfaction that comes with knowing that I made it happen. I made the money that took me where I wanted to go; I went to a new place all by myself. I did it. Being away from mom and dad’s wallet has never felt so liberating than when you get to travel on your own dime.
You have realized the truly important things in life. And it is not money. Money gets you to where you want to go, and yes it helps. I will never deny that. But you learn new things because you want to and not because you need to get a good grade on an exam. You start to prioritize your sleep, health, relationships, and passions. You start to realize what truly makes you happy, which brings me to…
You choose your own happiness. Now that you’re on your own, you have no one else to depend upon. That concept can be terrifying to think about, but I find it empowering. You can’t blame anything on anyone else. It is in your hands. And once you grasp that, nothing can get you down. If you don’t like your job, change it. If you don’t like where you live, move. If your friends don’t treat you the way they should, find new ones. You begin to become the best person you can be once you start to put your happiness first. As soon as I made the conscious decision to do that, I met the love of my life. I’m not saying that that is the reason I was able to fall in love, but I also don’t think it was a total coincidence… 😉
These past couple of years have been the time of my life. I have learned who I really am as a person. I’ve learned what my true passions are. I have been able to realize how intelligent I am, without relying on a school system to measure what my “knowledge” is worth. I have found ways to work on myself because I want to be a better person. I have been able to make my own decisions and learn from the mistakes I have made. I have been able to fall in love. And the best part about all of this is that I’ve only just begun. I have so much further to go. That excites me.
There is so much more to look forward to. Being an adult isn’t just about going to work and paying the bills. It’s so much more than that. Look at the positive side of things. Look at what you’re accomplishing. And if you’re not there – if you’re not accomplishing what you think you should – you have every opportunity to do something about it. No excuses. Just go. Live.
What are your favorite aspects of being an adult? Comment below or write me on Twitter -@knackeredchaos!