We can all agree that adulthood is hard. Between having jobs and paying bills, we’re under a ton of stress. Add on all of the responsibilities that we’re expected to take on, and it’s no wonder that most adults are droopy-eyed zombies who drink entire carafes of coffee every day.
We discover that providing for our basic needs had not been an easy task for our parents. And maybe a few of us relied TOO much on our parents and never learned how to handle things on our own. Thus, the word “adulting” has come into play. The word makes fun of those gaffes and mistakes that we make as adults and prove that being an adult is really not all it’s cracked up to be.
Why bother putting the chair together when you can just sit on its box?

When we were kids, our parents would put things together for us. They put our furniture together or built some of our toys, like doll houses or tree houses or even the backyard swing set. But when we become adults, it’s now our job to assemble items that need to be assembled. This college guy, who’s definitely a brand-new adult, decided that he wouldn’t even bother opening the box to put together his desk chair. That would require cutting the tape, opening the box, reading the instructions and all of that. Way too much trouble.
So, he came up with an ingenious way of still getting some use out of the chair he ordered: sitting on the box. Raise your hand if you’ve ever done this sort of thing! You might have procrastinated for a few weeks or even months before assembling that furniture you ordered from Amazon. We feel you.


This person who put sprinkles on their PB & J sandwich
Maybe you had always wanted to put sprinkles on your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when you were a kid. Your parents would never allow you to do that. Sprinkles just don’t belong on your PB&Js. But you’re an adult now, right? And one of the things that we believed as kids is that adults get to do what they want. That means you put sprinkles on your sandwiches if you please.
Whether it tastes good or not will depend on individual palettes, but it’s definitely one of the weirder things people have done while adulting. Sometimes a real supper just isn’t possible. You have to eat, right? And if all you have in your cupboard is peanut butter, jelly, bread and sprinkles, then it’s bound to happen at least once. Adulting fails often include weird food experiments just like this.
This is what we want for our birthdays, too
When adulting, it’s likely that you will struggle to pay bills and have an empty fridge. You used to have dreams and ambitions. But those dreams disappear when your stomach growls. Being ambitious is also not always what it’s cracked up to be when you’re tired all the time. You just get to the point when you’d love it if someone paid your bills and bought groceries for you again.
Even older adults who disparage millennials for wanting a break from their responsibilities had struggled and wanted to give up at least once during their youth. We have crushing student loan debt, rising cost of living and stagnant wages in many places. Being an adult these days is not a walk in the park, and expecting 18-year-olds to have it all together as soon as they’re on their own is a tad ridiculous.


We're always, always broke (but there's a legit reason for this)
Hooray! We’re finally making enough money to pay all of our bills! That’s so exciting. Then we look at our bank accounts and our smiles slowly begin to melt off our faces. How are we still broke AF? Oh, right! Paying bills and not budgeting can mean that our bank accounts dwindle to nothing after every paycheck. It can be hard to budget when you first start out or when circumstances change. And even if there’s a legit reason for those low bank balances, it can still feel like an adulting fail. We’re expected to have some money left over after every paycheck, and it would be awesome if we could manage it. Let’s just face it together. We’re so broke that we can’t even buy a v*w*l.
So bad at being an adult that we have to search online for doing the most basic things
By the time we reach legal adulthood, all of the older adults have been telling us that we’re supposed to just know how to do things. But they never gave us the inside scoop on what it means to actually be an adult. How can 18-year-olds be expected to just know everything? And not even 30-year-olds know everything! The world is constantly changing and not all of it is in our control. So, we often just have to go to Google to find answers to our questions. You can’t really call Mom and Dad for every question you have about being a responsible adult, and perhaps your parents were just epic fails in that area too. The problem with going online to find the answer is that you run the risk of finding clueless and stupid answers to your question.

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