Despite being 31, and 3 days off 32, I don’t really think of myself as a particularly adulty adult; however, there are moments in my day when I suddenly realise that yep, I’m a bona fide adult. Hehe, bona. Yeah, sometimes I’m definitely not an adult…
But here’s my list of things I do that occasionally make me feel like I’ve finally reached adulthood:
1. Re-filling the salt in the dishwasher – I didn’t even know this was a thing before I lived with J and it’s definitely one of those mundane but necessary tasks that apparently needs doing. Because if you don’t, nothing gets cleaned properly.
2. Booking an appointment to see a doctor – Luckily in the digital age I can book an appointment online without having to tell the receptionist why I want an appointment, and no, it definitely can’t be dealt with by the nurse (I used to work as a doctor’s receptionist so I get both points of view on this). I also hate sitting in the waiting room rehearsing in my head what I’m going to say. Does anyone else do that too?
3. Any time I drive the car – Despite having been a fully qualified driver for the last twelve years, I still feel like I’m being naughty when I get behind the wheel. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t drive much any more or the fact I’ve gone from a sporty Corsa to a grown up family car. Either way, I feel like I get serious adult points. Especially when I parallel park 😀
4. Calling in sick to work – This is probably even worse than making the call to the doctor. Before the age of texting when I called in sick, even if it was for a migraine, I used to put on an “I’m ill” voice. You know the one I mean; about as convincing as Karen from Mean Girls.
5. Not putting up with bullshit – Although this is something I didn’t learn until recently, there’s no better feeling than ditching people who bring you down or always cause drama. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life thanks.
6. Paying bills – This one sucks. A lot. But it’s something that needs to be done if I want to keep having electricity and water and watching TV and the internet.
7. Doing a proper food shop – I’m not talking ready meals and all the cheap alcohol I’m able to carry here, I mean a week’s shopping for essentials like milk, bread and eggs. With plenty of fruit and veg in there too. Healthy it may be, but exciting it is not.
8. Getting up at a reasonable time at the weekend to clean – Nothing screams adult more than not being hungover on a Saturday morning and tackling the housework before 9 am. Okay, maybe more like 11 am, but still, that’s good too, right?
9. Having to buy everything yourself – I remember going on shopping trips with my mum and dropping massive hints “oooh, those jeans are lovely, shame they’re £20 and I can’t afford them” 10 minutes later I’m holding a New Look bag with jeans in 😀 Now if I want something, I have to buy it myself. Then again, it means I can spend £30 on an Estée Lauder blush if I want and no one can say no. Ha!
10. Doing whatever I want – Being an adult isn’t all bad because it means I can choose to not do anything at all, build a blanket fort on the sofa, watch crap TV, eat ice cream, crisps and order takeout. Sometimes being an adult rocks!
What are your favourite/worst parts about being an adult? Let me know in the comments below 🙂 x