Adulthood is weird. You have to work to live, you have bills, your metabolism is now a laugh, and making friends is hard.
Unless you have a workplace or a social activity filled with similar minds, it’s hard to meet people. You have to really put yourself out there to create friendships, and even more effort needs to go in to maintain them. That is hard!
As a new adult in the world, I am discovering this and am finding myself in a slump while I seek brunch buds and shopping partners. While it’s been difficult and I find myself sitting in my apartment alone, I know that life is about taking challenges and showing them who’s boss.
Now, who’s ready for some truths I’ve found on my journey!
Last Saturday my little (yet big) brother turned 18.
I’m slightly still in shock because in my mind he will always be the blond little boy letting me dress him up and doing his cheesy little smile whenever the camera came around. And now he’s 18 and going to college and as a big sister I couldn’t be more proud. He’s already accomplished so much and I know he’ll accomplish even more as he goes into business and plays golf at a college level. If the many messages I’ve sent aren’t enough, I can’t think of anyone who has entered adulthood with so much grace.
For his birthday friends and family wrote letters to congratulate him on legality and to offer advice and such. As I was writing my letter at my desk on a rainy Eugene afternoon, feeling quite nostalgic for the little boy I miss and excitement for the man he’s becoming, I thought about what I would have wanted an older sibling to write to me on my 18th birthday. What advice would I have wanted? What would make me feel like an adult? So after writing his letter and giving him advice he’s already following (surround yourself with loving people) I came up with everything I wish people had told me about adulthood and thought I would share with you all.
I’m freshly 21 and in the past three years I have learned so much about adulthood and meandering the ways of other adults. While I’m still fumbling around like a headless chicken (I did check yesterday morning if I put underwear on, that’s how bad it can be) I know that sometimes even a little advice can give those freshly legalized a little more confidence as they enter the most foreign territory known to Earth: Adulthood.Read More
Well it’s here. I’m no longer a teenager. Maybe I should change the name of this blog. Adult Enthusiasm.
Just kidding! That’s the worse name ever!
But yes, I did turn 18 this week. Turning 18 is something that has been terrifying me forever. A few weeks ago I wrote a post a little about my pre-adulthood jitters, which you can read here. I’ve been scared to turn 18. The responsibility I feel two days in and the fact that I’ll be living on my own in only a few shorts months has me absolutely frightened. But before we get into that, let’s get into the fun part of being 18.
(Note, I also hit 500 subscribers late on the 24th, so that was a really amazing birthday present too!)