Image by rseigler0 from Pixabay

There's a lot you can expect before you become an adult.


Taxes, depletion of the ozone layer, and the sudden but stark realization that all technology will eventually move beyond you quickly come to mind. However, it's the things you don't expect, the aspects of adulthood no one talks about, that'll really break your heart.

Reddit user, u/noterwinrommel, wanted to know the worst part of growing up when they asked:

What's the sad reality of being an adult that young people should know?

These are the obvious ones, the ones that'll surprise you when they pop up but the moment you think about how old you are you'll realize, "Oh yeah. I'm an adult now."

Say Good-Bye To Eating Cheese On The Regular

"Everyone becomes lactose intolerant."

"It may not be today, or tomorrow, or within a year, but it is coming for you"

ardagnavxzvfas

You're An Adult. Eat Some Vegetables.

"Eating all the snacks is not a good idea"

fernrylie

"Me at 23: I can eat a half gallon of cherry cordial ice cream for breakfast nobody can stop me."

"Me still at 23 but two hours later on a toilet: Oh that's what's stopping me."

FusRoDoodles

This Isn't "Friends," You Know

"TV Series always portray friends hanging out all the time as though their schedules always sync."

"In reality, you barely get to hang out together or even talk in group chats because everyone's busy with work and the ups & downs of adulthood."

thethirdidiot

They Just. Keep. Coming.

"Bills never f-cking end. For years every 30 days i was like "WTF i paid this bill already" just for it to happen again 30 days later"

Frito_del_sur_Sar

Split Away And Grow Apart

"You'll most likely grow apart from a large portion of your childhood friends. Which isn't a bad thing, life will take you all in different directions and you'll hopefully be able to make new friends that are more similar to who you grow up to be."

"Also, that beautiful head of hair you are so proud of, might not be permanent. Keep an eye on that hairline fellas"

PDM_13

Care to face your mortality? No?

Tough.

A Point Of No Return For Your Parents

"One day your parents will need your help from getting older and they likely won't tell you. One day you show up for a visit and it hits like a ton of bricks that they need help."

Lotus_12

"Visiting my wife's parents versus my parents is a radically different experience. Visiting her parents usually means home-cooked meals and a family trip somewhere. Visiting my parents usually means we're bringing food for them and packing all the tools so we can help fix something that's been left in a state of disrepair."

bluetista1988

Aw, They Passed Away?

"Once celebrities that were not old when you were growing up begin to die off from old age or your parents or their cohorts begin to die off from old age, your mortality becomes tangible in a way it never was before."

"It's no longer beyond the horizon. It's perceivable whenever you look to it."

"Sometimes it's hard not to look."

MacBallou

These are key, the most important lessons you can take with you into adulthood. Remember these and your life will be a lot more manageable.

Guess What...?

"There are actual consequences for just doing whatever you want."

MarvelousOxman

There Are Finite Choices

"Life isn't full of endless possibilities. The older you get, the harder it becomes to choose different life paths, whether you like the path you're currently on or not."

DeathSpiral321

To Be Around Someone, But Not All The Time

"As an adult you'll find yourself wanting to be alone. Yet you'll realize you don't want to be lonely."

FusRoDoodles

You're On Your Own

"No one else has time to look out for you. They're busy looking out for themselves. So, save money, eat healthy, get enough sleep. No one else is going to make sure you're doing those things."

gowahoo

"When you find someone who genuinely cares about you and helps to take care of you, make sure you take care of them back. And do your best not to let them go."

larrybatman

You can't deny the fact that growing up is happening, right now, to all of us. You can either fight it, or accept it, know what's coming your way, and be prepared to face it.

Want to "know" more? Never miss another big, odd, funny, or heartbreaking moment again. Sign up for the Knowable newsletter here.

Christmas is upon us. It's time to get those Christmas present lists together.

So... who has been naughty and who has been nice?

Who is getting diamonds and who is getting coal? Yuck, coal. Is that even a thing anymore? Who even started that idea?

There has to be some funnier or more "for the times" type of "you've been naughty" stocking stuffer.

I feel like the statement coal used to make is kind of last century at this point.

Apparently I'm not alone in this thinking.

Keep reading... Show less

I admit, I love my stuffed animals. They're the best.

Some of them have been with me for years and I have them proudly displayed in different spots around my apartment. And when I've packed them for a move, I've done so with all the tender loving care I can muster.

What is it about them that stirs up these feelings?

Believe it or not, it's quite possible to form emotional attachments to inanimate objects!

Keep reading... Show less
Nik Shulaihin/Unsplash

They say your 30's hits different, like one day you're young a hopeful and the next day you're just WAY too old for this.

What is the "this" you're suddenly too old for?

No idea. It's different for everyone, but make no mistake, it'll happen to you too.

Maybe it already has?

Giphy

Keep reading... Show less

Do all mothers go to the say mom school or something? Because they seem to share the same advice or go on the same platitudes, don't they?

Here's an idea.

Maybe they're just older, have more experience, and are trying to keep us from being dumbasses in public. At least, that's what I think.

I'm definitely grateful for my mother's advice—it's saved me more than once—and it seems many out there are too. And they all seem to have heard the same things from their mothers, too.

Keep reading... Show less