Adulthood Is Scary

That horrifying moment when you’re looking for an adult, and then realise you are an adult. So you look for an older adult, someone successfully adulting…an adultier adult.

If only.

Being 18, generally starts off for most people in one way, very drunk. Well it did for me anyway. And then a few weeks later it hits you that you are no longer a child, your an adult. Grown up and responsible. And most likely, you panic.

Because let’s be honest, no-one changes over night.

So your now 18, you can now:

-Buy a lottery ticket.
-Vote.
-Open an adult bank account.
-Buy cigarettes.
-Get a tattoo.
-Enlist in the army.
-Drink alcohol (legally)
-Go skydiving.
-Get married.
-Get a credit card.
-Work full-time.
-Jury-duty.
-Sign a lease.
-Sue someone.
-Buy fireworks
-Go to jail, real people jail.

You’ve reached a milestone, the part of your life when you are responsible for you. And frankly that is scary. Yesterday, you couldn’t do any of these things and now suddenly your thrown into the real world. The real world although scary is enticing. The freedom to be you.

So why do you feel as though you’ve been thrown in the deep end?

Don’t worry, its completely normal. After all, you are only a day older and overnight you haven’t suddenly developed and acquired the skills to be a successful adult (although is anyone), and your brain hasn’t magically developed whilst you slept. Yes, you may have to start thinking about the future, but don’t over think it. You don’t have to grow up over night.

Its perfectly fine to still feel 4 inside, infact its more normal than you would think. It is even ok to still love disney, trampolines and sleep with your teddy. Society has a view that once your an adult these parts of your life have to disappear, they don’t. Continue doing the things you love.

My advice, stop worrying about the future and enjoy it. Your only 18 once, and all those eighteenths you keep getting invited to? Go, some of them will be the best memories you make.