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You know what?

I genuinely like being an adult. I don't exactly like paying bills (who does, right?) but it's nice to know that I have my independence and that there is no one else impeding on my time. When I was a kid, I was very annoyed with the rituals of life, like going to school and seeing the same terrible people each day. Being out and about in the world, being free of these things, has been a game-changer.

But there are things you're never really prepared for, such as the fact that there's always something to do.

We heard more after Redditor Bootyshortsforcorgis asked the online community,

"Adults of Reddit, what part of being an adult caught you completely off guard because no one talks about it?"

"Even when you think..."

"How absolutely constant it all is. Even when you think you're getting a break, like a vacation, you're just doing other adult things you don't normally do in your everyday life."

burningmurphys

Like I said... there's always something to do. Yeah, it can get to you sometimes.

"After 40+ weeks..."

"After 40+ years on this planet, you can still be traumatized by something that happened in your childhood."

PhoKit2

Time doesn't heal all wounds, people. You know what does? Addressing those wounds. Therapy is important.

"How much I..."

"How much I would need to lie on the floor to make my back feel better."

BackgroundJudge2896

"That many..."

"That many do not mature or grow up after high school."

MidnightMoon29

Ain't that the truth. It's why I'm glad I no longer live in my old neighborhood.

"Having to decide..."

"Having to decide what to eat for the rest of your life. It can turn into laziness which leads to unhealthy eating. I don't wanna do all that cooking when I can just throw a pizza in the oven. Even though I know deep down I need to eat more veggies and not have food go to waste."

WeeklyCoconut1184

"That you'll spend..."

"That you'll spend a huge portion of your life doing things you really don't want to do (work, cleaning, being around people you don't like)."

mjsmore33

Also true. One of the things that I do like about the pandemic? More time at home. I despise commuting. Do not miss it in the least.

"The complete unwillingness..."

"The complete unwillingness of most people to have difficult conversations. Most people would be perfectly happy carrying on like nothing is going on."

airpodahole

"Realizing..."

"Realizing that your parents were also just trying to figure it all out."

taleofbenji

That they are. Many of us have become more forgiving of our parents as a result. Note that this doesn't necessarily apply if someone's parents are or were abusive.

"High school and college..."

"The opportunity to meet people is limited compared to when you were in high school or college.

High school and college provided you with extra activities/clubs to do that helped you meet people with similar mind-sets/interests as you. When you graduate, you lose seeing those people consistently or even at all.

So when you make it to the real world, the friends you did make from those things, aren't as available as they used to be. It can be hard to meet up and do things like you used to."

whosehorseisthat

"You move out..."

"You move out and suddenly realise there are no pens. Your parents have lots of pens, but, you realise they never bought pens, they just had lots of them. Where did all those pens come from? Years of accumulation."

Phileselphy

No one said adulthood was easy, but hopefully you'll be a bit more prepared now that you these observations in mind.

As for me... I will never miss being a teen. I'm good where I'm at.

Have some observations of your own? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!

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