Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Life Lessons I Have Learned From Being An Adult (For Two Weeks)

As some of you may know, I just recently became a "legal" adult in the United States. There are many things I have learned in my short time of adulthood.

1) You will get hurt....a lot.
        I mean, obviously. You get hurt a lot as a child/adolescent/teenager. However, on my birthday, I managed to stub my toe, get a paper cut, and scrape my ankle on concrete (Yes, this is a sad attempt at being funny. Pity laugh if you have to for my sake).

2) Sometimes you will hurt other people.
        Again, on my birthday, I accidentally ruined the end of How I Met Your Mother to a friend who is still only on season five. Am I a life ruiner? According to him for the rest of the day, I was. I just accepted the fact that in adulthood, you're going to ruin many people's lives, if only for a few hours. (Another sad attempt at being funny. I'm so sorry).

3) There is a reason people become addicted to the lottery.
        I waited a good week and a half before I bought my first lottery ticket. Mainly because I was waiting for my actual drivers license to come in the mail so I wouldn't have to use a piece of paper, but also because I didn't want to suddenly become addicted to gambling (don't judge me, I am a naive adult). I finally went to the gas station and bought a lottery ticket...and another...and another...and another. In the end, I won $10, and only spent about $5 (because I had gotten some of my tickets "free" with my previous winnings). I instantly understood why people become so addicted to the lottery because there's that wonderful "What if...?" feeling. I thought to myself more than once "What if I win the jackpot?" Will I buy more lottery tickets? Probably. Will I make sure it doesn't become a habit? Most definitely.

4) Really though, it's not as great as it's cracked up to be.
        Yay I get to vote and have a drivers license without a curfew on it and buy lottery tickets and cigarettes (I will never smoke anyway so the last one doesn't really apply, but you get the point)! Woo! But honestly, I don't feel any different except for the fact that if I wanted to buy a dog from Petland, I totally could. It's just really anti-climatic in all honesty.
Look at this cutie though. Who wouldn't want that fur baby?
5) Sometimes good things come along in the blink of an eye...and leave just as fast.
        The same day I started my senior year of high school, I started my first job ever. I was so excited because I was finally going to have a sense of independence. However as the weeks went on, I found myself becoming moody, stressed, and not motivated or driven to do anything involving school (which if you know me, is nothing like how I normally am). This amazingly wonderful blessing quickly turned into a burden. It was so hard for me to get out of bed in the mornings for school because I knew that after school, I would have to go to work. I honestly think it just wasn't the right environment for me. And so, with that, my job ended just as fast as it had began. In a way, I was sad to see this milestone go, but it was such a weight lifted off of my shoulders that I knew it was supposed to be this way.

Yes, most of this post was meant to be comedic, but I was serious on a few aspects. Do I know everything about life now that I am an "adult"? Definitely not. Will I ever? It's doubtful. In my short eighteen years of life, however, I have learned that the most important thing to me in my life is happiness. That is my goal for the rest of my life. No matter what I do, I want to be happy.