How to Survive Your Adulting Years
As we get older, we’re often reminded—or told—to grow up and be an adult. You may be in your late teens, your twenties, or even your thirties and wondering when do you stop being a “kid” and start being a full-fledged “adult.” You may also be wondering what it means to be an adult. This blog post will provide some resources on adulting.
Adulting is also known as young adulthood, emerging adulthood, or any other terms out there to describe someone who is transitioning into becoming an adult. Put simply, you’re learning to be an adult and doing “grown-up” things.
But what does it mean to be an adult?
Are you an adult when...
- you move out of your parents’ place and live on your own?
- you have debt that you have to pay off?
- you land your first career (or any job)?
- you make a choice to do something that’s not fun (e.g. piles of laundry, cleaning the bathroom)?
- you have graduated high school/college/university? (Take a look at the book list for graduates.)
- you decide to do what you want despite the disapproval of others?
- you decide to be yourself?
- you find yourself acting like your parents?
Here are some titles that may help you navigate this strange and, at times, awkward world of adulting:
Grace's Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up by Grace Helbig
Awkward: What to Do When Life Makes You Cringe by Sam Scholfield
No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Lessons for Young Adults by John D. Spooner
F*CK!: I'm in My Twenties by Emma Koenig
Adult Stuff: Things You Need to Know to Win at Real Life by Robert Boesel
No More Ramen: The 20-Something's Real World Survival Guide by Nicholas Aretakis
Toronto Public Library has also created an emerging adult fiction book list that you may be interested in browsing.
Here's an academic take on adulting:
Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road From the Late Teens Through the Twenties by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
Lastly, here's one author’s take on this whole adulting deal:
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen