How to Survive Your Adulting Years

September 15, 2017 | Frances G.

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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

  Grace's Guide - The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up

Awkward: What to Do When Life Makes You Cringe by Sam Scholfield

  Awkward - What to Do When Life Makes You Cringe

No One Ever Told Us That: Money and Life Lessons for Young Adults by John D. Spooner 

  No One Ever Told Us That - Money and Life Lessons for Young Adults

F*CK!: I'm in My Twenties by Emma Koenig

F-CK! - I'm in My Twenties

Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get it Together (Sort of) by Arden Rose

  Almost Adulting - All You Need to Know to Get it Together (Sort of)

Adulthood for Beginners: All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered to Tell You by Andy Boyle

  Adulthood for Beginners - All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered to Tell You.

Adult Stuff: Things You Need to Know to Win at Real Life by Robert Boesel

  Adult Stuff - Things You Need to Know to Win at Real Life

No More Ramen: The 20-Something's Real World Survival Guide by Nicholas Aretakis

  No More Ramen - The 20-Something's Real World Survival Guide

 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

  Emerging adulthood - the winding road from the late teens through the twenties

 

Lastly, here's one author’s take on this whole adulting deal:

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

Adulthood is a Myth 

 

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