Sure, we complain about how being an adult is terrible, and how we wish we could just move back in with our parents. Life was so simple as a kid! There wasn’t a job we had to have, or a mortgage to pay. We could stay up all night and sleep all day, only to do the same the next day. It. Was. Awesome.
You know what else is awesome? Being an adult. No, seriously, being an adult is actually pretty cool. I promise! Don’t believe me? Read on, my friend, and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
- I’m just going to get this right out of the way: adult trips to Disneyland are amazing. I know what you’re thinking, it’s for kids, or you’d feel so bad if you went without your kids. I’m telling you, get over it and just go. It. Is. Amazing.
- You are able to see situations for what they are, and you don’t worry about “getting in trouble.” I think when we are younger, we think that mistakes are life or death situations. Make a mistake at work? You’re going to get fired. Make a mistake in public? Here comes the public shaming! As you mature, you realize a couple things: First, our minds make mountains out of molehills. Not everything is a life or death situation, but man alive, we sure treat it as such. Second, no matter what we do, or mistake we made, life moves on. The sun comes up, and everything keeps spinning. Honestly, not having all that heaviness hang over your head sure makes life more entertaining and less stressful.
- You get to decide your own truth. This is pretty much a recurring theme in my blog, but no matter how many times I say it, it still rings true: You get to decide what is true for you, and only you get to decide.
- And along that same thought, you get to decide what you carry around with you. Were you told when you were younger that you couldn’t sing? So now you’ve grown up thinking you don’t have the talent to sing or create, but you still want to sing! News flash: you get to decide if you’re going to walk around thinking you can’t sing, or if you’re going to belt out your favorite tune. You can decide if you’re going to sign up for singing lessons, or try out for a choir. You also can decide if you’re going to accept someone else’s declaration about you, or if you’re going to throw it out like yesterday’s trash.
- Ice cream for brunch while you’re on your adult trip to Disneyland. Try it. You’ll thank me.
- You get to be the adult you needed when you were younger. If we were to look back at our childhood, I think there is one adult that stands out from the rest. They were the ones that stood up for us, gave us advice, really listened to our hopes and fears, and weren’t one of our parents. As an adult, you have the opportunity to be that person. You get to essentially look out for the little guy, and show them that someone cares.
- I remember years ago telling my dad that “if this is what adulthood is all about, then I’m over it.” He laughed and I’m sure it was because it is a thought just about every adult has when they are in the thick of things. So, how is this awesome? The moment you realize you’re on the wrong path, at the wrong job, with the wrong person, in the wrong restaurant, you have the ability to change the situation. Clearly, leaving a restaurant is way easier than straight up quitting a job, but the fact remains that you are the key piece to the entire thing.