Growing up is a hard prospect how do you know once you're actually considered to be "grown up"? Well these people share stories of the moment they finally felt like they had reached adulthood.
1/30. When my peers started having babies on purpose.
2/30. When I got really excited about a sale on tupperware.
3/30. 29 years old. I have experienced a whole spectrum of different things in my life. Some good, some bad, some meh. I thought that buying a house was an adult decision... Nope. I thought that seeing my first child being born was an adult experience... Nope. I thought that joining the Army was an adult decision... Nope.
Currently I am sitting in an infusion room at the hospital watching my wife receive her second of five doses of corticosteroids. She, no more than 2 hours ago, found out she has MS. I now feel I am an adult. I have no certainty of her future, our future, and feel like I am absolutely helpless. This is what adulthood feels like. We are now making decisions like when we should tell our family, what treatment options to consider, how can we afford treatments, and where we see ourselves in a decade.
I don't want to be an adult anymore. I want to be twelve years old, ignorant to the world and worry-free in my outlook in life. Being an adult sucks.
4/30. Age 23 - I woke up in my very own studio apartment on Christmas morning and nothing looked any different from when I went to bed.
Obviously I didn't actually believe in Santa at that time... but up until then I went to bed on Christmas Eve with the Tree looking one way and I would wake up to "the presents that Santa delivered".
I spent a lovely day with my boyfriend's family and later that night we traveled to my parent's house - but it's just never been the same. Now that we have a baby the magic of Christmas will return!
5/30. The first time I knew my parents were wrong but I did not correct them because I also knew that it wouldn't be of any use.
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7/30. Instead of going home for the holidays, you begin to visit your parents for the holidays.
8/30. When my dad was hugging me, completely hunched over and crying uncontrollably. It was the most haunting noise I've ever heard. I was 17, and this was about an hour after my little brother told my dad that my mom wanted a divorce (because she was too much of a coward to do it herself). I realized at that point that it was time to grow up and be an adult because I wouldn't be able to support my dad and brother if I was acting like a child.
9/30. When my dad passed away and I had to make all arrangements for the funeral and burial. Also, I had to pay for everything. I didn't mind, it sure made me feel like an adult.
10/30. Graduating college then grad school didn't do it. Moving across the country didn't do it. Getting married didn't do it. Having my daughter came close, but not quite.
I distinctly remember the first time I truly felt like a 'grownup'. It was the first evening my wife and I went out and left our daughter with a babysitter. It dawned on my that we were indeed the grownups from then on.
11/30. When I could no longer wear bugles on the tips of my fingers.
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12/30. When going out at 11pm is too late. I rather go out around 8-9 be home by 12.
13/30. When my father and grandfather both approached me for help in family affairs.
14/30. I told an ex who I was friends with that I had made the decision to start dating someone else. My ex started yelling at me, calling me names, and taking it pretty poorly. For the first time I felt no urge to retaliate or fight back. I just told her "I'm sorry you feel that way," went to my car and left. I felt like an adult for standing up for myself in such a way. Pretty lame, I know.
15/30. I'm 36, have three kids, and the only evidence that I'm a "grown up" is that I now prefer the Snickers with almonds as opposed to the Snickers with peanuts.
16/30. My dad went in to the ER complaining of pain and shortness of breath. He died of lung cancer a week later. Here's the part that made me feel like an adult:
After a few days in the hospital, my dad decided he wanted to go home and pass away there. After meeting with hospice, I loaded everyone into the SUV and started the drive home. After 4 sleepless days and nights in the hospital, my mom, dad, and sister were exhausted and they quickly drifted to sleep in the back of the car. I was left awake at the wheel to make the hour-long drive home.
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While driving it kind of reminded me of vacations as a kid. Everyone would be asleep while my dad drove through the night from Ohio to Virginia Beach or some such destination. Only now, everyone was asleep but me. It was up to me to do the driving because my dad was in the backseat dying. It was a weird moment because for whatever reason, driving while the family is sleeping in the car represented not just adulthood, but being the leader of the family unit. I was 26 at the time, and I knew then that I was now the primary person responsible for the well-being of everyone in that car.
My dad passed away a couple days later, but I felt like I had already assumed his role of family leader on that drive home.
17/30. When I got pissed about the high price of asparagus.
18/30. I was 23 years old, grocery shopping after a long day at work. I walked past the bakery and I thought to myself, "man I'd love to eat some cake right now, but I can't spoil my dinner." So I continued down the aisles looking for healthy food. Somewhere near the tortilla section, it hit me: "I am a grown ass man and I want cake for dinner!" Bought the cake and demolished it.
19/30. When I realized my parents are only human.
20/30. When I received my first bill in the mail. As a kid I was so excited to get anything in the mail and always wondered why my mom hated it.
21/30. For me it was a little over ten years ago. I was 17 driving to my girlfriend's house to pick her up for a date, it was Friday evening. I was driving past my great uncle Adolphus's house and noticed that there were a lot of cars out front. On a Sunday afternoon this would be typical, but not on a Friday evening. My uncle had been having medical issues, and I knew that this meant he had either passed or was slipping and people had gathered to pay their last respects.
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So I stop to see what is going on and immediately the ladies (in the living room) told me that the men were in the bedroom paying their last respects and to go on back. My dad was back there, along with my other great uncle (Fred), and my second cousin who was in his late twenties. It turns out my Uncle's health was slipping and my dad didn't tell me because he didn't want it to ruin my date. It also seems the other gentlemen knew this.
Great Uncle Fred: What are you doing here?
Me: I saw a gathering, and thought I'd stop by to see if everything was alright.
Great Uncle Fred: Don't you have a date?
Me: I've got time.
The look he gave me wasn't of pride but of respect.
22/30. First time I felt like an adult: Down payment on my first house. Sh*t's real now, I own land.
23/30. We'd lost my father in 2004, and my mom sold the house some time in 2005. I had moved elsewhere by then, and had set up my life in another city.
A few years ago, I visited my hometown to hang out with some friends there. Along the way, I passed my childhood home...
And it looked completely different. Re-landscaped, re-painted, re-roofed. They took down the enormous 100+-year-old spruce that dominated the front yard (it had to come down eventually, as it was dying).
In that moment, I realized that I no longer belonged there. That was not my place. My home was where I paid rent. Never have I suddenly felt so alienated from a place.
Being an adult is sometimes bizarre.
24/30. Last month I got really excited over a non-stick pan.
25/30. I'm only 23 years old, but 2 years ago when I walked into a conference room and people much older than me called me 'sir'. I walked out and owned that conference room for the next 2 hours.
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26/30. When I had to tell my son, "You'll understand it when you get older." Yeah, that's a mentally scarring day.
27/30. I judge how adult I am by how many prices I can correctly guess on The Price is Right.
28/30. When I bought my own alcohol and the cashier didn't look twice at me.
29/30. I did at 22 after finishing college, because that's when I started living without a single penny of financial assistance from my parents in any form. I'm now not too far from 30 and I still have friends who are on their parents' family cell phone plan, don't pay their own car insurance, etc...
30/30. I am still waiting for that feeling. Have been for over 60 years.
No two people react the same way to a pungent odor, gratuitous violence in film and television, or unruly, off-putting behavior.
As some people have a fairly high tolerance for gore, aren't bothered by taste and smell, and are so patient that they simply aren't bothered by anyone.
Although, everyone has their limits.
And despite what they might say, there are very few people who don't have one thing which even the very thought of will make them gag, just a little bit.
"What genuinely disgusts you?"
Do They Think It Will Just Vanish?
"People not flushing their poop or pee in public toilets."- Acceptable_Fee_1280
"It was that hard to pull the little lever down?"- Scotsgit73
Always Carry Mints...
"Another person's hot breath in my face."
"For any reason."- MaryEstradaGTNickelodeon Bad Breath GIF by SpongeBob SquarePantsGiphy
"People who abuse their pets."- roseteaXx
Being Tricked Into Purchases...
"Ads with a fake close button that just redirect you to the link, particularly pop-up ads."
"I forgot about the mobile game ads with fake mini games that redirect you to the App Store."
"Those might be even worse."- Tyler_Martin1
Cleaning Comes At A Price...
"The goo in the sink drain once you’ve done the dishes."
"Touching this to clean the sink is always a gut-wrenching, vomit-inducing moment."- meiliraijow
Men Marking Their Territory...
"Sitting on a toilet seat with pee on it."- KAWAiiANGXL
We All Do It... Doesn't Make It Any Less Gross...
I Mean, COME ON!
"Just hang onto your sh*t for two minutes and put it in a bin instead of just throwing it on the ground."- ElmerWolfeLOdriving eric cartman GIF by South Park Giphy
No Matter The Package, Always Bad For You!
"Carrying around a bottle of your own brown cloudy spit that smells like absolute death just skeeves me out on a level I can barely even describe."
"Bonus points if you're the douche who leaves the spit bottles or cups for other people to clean up."- Porn_is_my_bae
We all have our limits.
But even if you aren't wholeheartedly repulsed by any or all of these things, that still doesn't mean you should tolerate it!
How else will people learn to stop?
It's rare for a day to go by where women don't, quite understandably, complain about the annoying, even misogynistic behavior of men.
Addiction to video games, poor hygiene, too much excitement over a football or basketball game, bad table manners.
The list goes on and on.
But men don't only annoy women with their behavior.
Indeed, plenty of other men get equally annoyed or revolted by certain stereotypically "male" behavior, and wish it would come to an end.
"Men of Reddit, what is something you wish other men would stop doing?"
Taking Others Down To Bring Themselves Up
"Insulting their friends to look cool in front of a girl."- SuvenPan
Always Needing To Be The "Tough Guy"
"I wish y’all would stop trying to be Mr. tough arrogant guy when an attractive women is in your presence."- Relevant-Quality2196·
It's Just Basic Hygeine!
"Not washing hands after using public bathrooms."- truetrusterWash Hands Reaction GIF by Leroy PattersonGiphy
Women Are Not Property!
"Stop hitting on other dudes' girlfriend."
"Some guys take it as a challenge and it’s pretty f*cked up."- Blowmansalad·
"Being overly horny and hitting on women non stop who clearly are uncomfortable."
"It’s hard to watch."- cgollin34
Learn Some Manners!
"That thing where a girl turns you down so you suddenly call her an ugly b*tch."
"It’s really not hard to NOT be a rude piece of sh*t, and it makes you sound pathetic."
"Have some respect and imagine your grandmother could hear you."- leastlyharmfulSeason 3 Episode 13 GIF by Parks and RecreationGiphy
What Are You Trying To Prove, Exactly?
"Acting overly manly and not smiling, like chill man I’m not trying to pee on your territory."- incognitoburrito2022
"Stop approaching women in grocery store parking lots! "
"My girlfriend mentions that guys, often way older guys, will try to talk to her and ask her out while she’s carrying groceries."
"She’s had to stop wearing headphones because guys will follow her trying to get her attention."
"The worst was a guy who knocked on her window when she was sitting in her car."
"Nobody taught me, a normal dude, how not to be creepy."
"Where the hell did you guys learn to do this?"- UptownShenanigans
Not Fooling Anyone
"Joining MLMs and being really vague about what they do."
"I don’t want an exclusive chance to gain you as a mentor, I sat next to you in pre-algebra and know that the concept of math escapes you."
"Also stop renting luxury vehicles for a weekend and pretending you 'made it'."
"Maybe I’m just a hater but if your whole plan is to not just fake it till you make it but to 'flex' till you make it then I’m not interested in whatever opportunity you’re trying to sell me."- Exact_Thought_185
Its Sexual Assault. STOP IT!
"The unwarranted peen pics need to stop."- Ratakoa
When other "bros" are so openly put off by "bro" culture, maybe that means it's time has passed?
But seriously, did anyone find "bro" culture attractive?
After all, were we laughing with the boys of the American Pie films, or laughing at them...
Successful people who come from humble beginnings usually don't forget where they came from.
But some of those who were already born into privilege and wealth may claim to be compassionate towards people who are financially disadvantaged.
But unless they've lived the experience as someone from the lower class or have a deep understanding of what life is like on the other side, the wealthy will never understand what it's like to be poor.
Curious to hear about interactinos with the affluent from strangers online, Redditor Salazard260 asked:
"Poor people of reddit, what's the most comically out of touch 'advice' you've been given by someone wealthier?"
When it comes to working normal jobs, rich people just don't understand.
Easier Said Than Done
"A mom to my mom, a single mother with three kids: 'you should just stop working if you are so stressed about it.'"
"Sounds like a psychologist I went and saw once, spent the hour talking about how much pressure I felt being the sole source of income in the house, to be told 'sounds like your job is stressing you out, you should quit!' When I asked how I’d pay the bills his response was 'I can help you apply for a new job, I’m really good at job applications, I’ve got every job I applied for! - yeah mate I don’t think that’s going to help. Never went back."
"Not really advice, but one of my high school friends came from a rich family. But because he wasn't really that motivated in life, his parents encouraged him to find a summer job."
"He was going to go job-hunting at the mall, working in retail. I asked him how much he wanted to earn. He said, 'Not too much. $40 per hour should be a good start.' This was in the early 2000s."
"It reminds me of the Arrested Development scene where Lucille thinks a banana costs $10."
When it comes to renting an apartment, these are not the people who should be weighing in with their thoughts to help.
Clueless About Rent
"I had a boss at the time tell me it cant be more than 800 bucks for rent in the DC area when I asked for a pay raise. The minimum rent I could find at the time was closer to 1800."
Let's Start With Step 1
"That I need to buy several apartments and rent them out. Unfortunately, he did not tell me where to get money to buy several apartments."
When it comes to family and financials, we're all not the same.
That's Not How That Works
"I remember when I was at high school and I mentioned to someone that I'd like a gaming PC but couldn't afford it, he said 'can you not just ask your parents for the money?'"
"I said no because there was nothing left over after bills and groceries."
"Yeah, but if you ask realllllyyyyy nicely, couldn't they give you the money?"
"Like what goddamn money? The money for the food we eat? The money for our electricity bill? Sure, no doubt my family are happy to suffer just so I can have a piece of tech I don't need."
Ignorance Is Bliss
"I had a friend like that and one time pulled out a pen and paper and did my family's financials roughly in front of them. I showed income, taxes, utilities, insurance, groceries, gas, car payments, loan payments, etc and then showed how little was left over and then said that some of that needs to go into savings/retirement just in case. I then asked them 'so where is that money I ask my parents for coming from?'"
"He sat there dumbfounded for a bit, I think one: that I knew all this off the top of my head (the recession made me hyper aware of financials) and two: it started sink in how ignorant he was about money in general, and how good he had it. He wasn't a bad dude, and wasn't one of those who thinks money was infinite, but I guess didn't realize how much 100 bucks was to a lot of people."
The Other Way Around
"'Just have your parents give you the money'.... B*tch, I support my parents."
Going Nowhere Fast
"I had a buddy in college that asked me to drive him to the next town over. He had a car but his parents said he was spending to much in the gas card. His solution was to bum a ride but told me it wasn’t fair for him to pay me for gas out of his allowance because I had a job."
"I’m still stunned by the mental gymnastics that dude went through to justify his behavior."
"After dumping me my long-tine girlfriend would occasionally reach out with her crazy rants."
"One of them was I should just dump my parents somewhere, as in literally dropping them off on some corner, and let them fend for themselves."
"I dodged a rocket not marrying her."
The rich could afford many luxuries that are unattainable for the rest of us, and good for them.
But when it comes to offering any kind of wisdom or suggestion to improve our financial standing in life, money can't buy them respect when they are completely out of touch.
There's a fairly common formula in movies geared toward a teenage audience.
A group of teenagers face one central conflict, to varying degrees of importance and severity, but manage to solve it in a surprisingly short manner of time.
The heroes of these films are usually a hodgepodge of traditional high school archetypes (star athlete, math nerd, girl whose beauty is disguised by a pair of glasses), all of whom the intended audience can completely relate to and root for.
And then we have the adult characters, who are often buffoonish stereotypes, or the outright villain, whose sole mission is to ensure the protagonist will not achieve their ultimate goal.
As teenagers, we often find ourselves ready to boo these grown-ups from the minute they appear on the screen.
But when we revisit these movies as adults, we find ourselves noticing that their behavior isn't quite as bad as we remembered.
Or, more shockingly, we actually find ourselves rooting for them!
"What teen movie is the epitome of 'the older I get, the more I agree with the adult?'"
The Teacher Was Right All Along...
"Rewatching 'Scrubs', I realize I’m no longer a JD., I’ve become a Cox."- RenegadeRinker
They Were Just Being Protective!
"I watched 'Sixteen Candles' recently and I now do not approve of Samantha going anywhere near Jake Ryan."-goblininstigator
All It Takes Is A Little Perspective
"Sadly, 'The Wonder Years'."
"I always couldn’t believe the dad was real, with his pissed off attitude from work."
"Now I understand."- hashnThe Wonder Years Thumbs Down GIFGiphy
Nothing Wrong With A Little Precision And Order!
"The movie 'Juno'."
"Jennifer Garner's character is at first portrayed as a 'square', then you realize she's a mature adult and her husband is a man-baby."- DaveFarted
Add It Up, The Wedding Cost Nearly $150,00!
"Not a teen movie, but 'Father of the Bride'."
"Watching it as a kid, Steve Martin seemed like an old grump."
"Rewatching it as an adult, holy sh*t he is the only sane person in that movie."- DrOctopusMD
It Was Literally His Job To Protect Them!
"'The Lion King'."
"Oh I thought Zazu was just an old fun-killer."
"What do you mean, Simba can't be king?"
"Why would you prevent the kids from going where they want?"
"As an adult and father, I'm 100% Team Zazu."- Oneiric86the lion king GIF by DisneyGiphy
Seriously, Would Your Dad Have Been So Cool About It?...
"As a new father, I hope to be like Jim’s dad when my little one is a teenager."
"Caring, loving and a complete embarrassment to them."- BanjoPhatterson
It's A Parent's Job To Worry.
"The mom in 'Ice Princess'."
"So you have a daughter who has a talent for and seems to like physics and has a shot of getting into Harvard."
"This girl throws it away for ice skating where she has only been competing for less than a year, where if she gets injured she's done and when she reaches 30 she's pretty much done."
"There is no way she is at an olympic level at that point she would need years of training! "
"Hell yes I would advise against it to!"- testmonkey254
Always Be Respectful Of Your Roommate!
"Goob, 'Meet the Robinsons'."- beepboop232Meet The Robinsons Google GIFGiphy
People Are Complicated
"He’s just trying to do something right and being a good dad."- LukeLJS123
As teens we're inclined to revolt from our parents and teachers, or even be revolted by them.
But the older we get, the more we understand that nine times out of ten, they were just looking out for us.
Just as we realize that Mr. Hall of Clueless was being pretty generous giving a C to a student who didn't seem to know how to pronounce "Haitian"...