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For many of us, the adult world seemed different from our own while growing up. Most adults were knowledgeable and skilled, they were able to deal with any situation all while exhibiting unequaled levels of confidence. Their considerations were somewhat elevated to a more serious level even if it was about which color item to choose… Or at least it seemed so to us. We felt that even though there was no way we could exhibit such features at the moment, there will come a day when a magic reversal will come upon us and we will know exactly what to do. Needless to say, the world turned out to be more complex and not giving out its secrets for free at a certain designated age.

These people are sharing their experiences of being an adult that took them by surprise, answering one Redditor’s question, “What about becoming an adult caught you completely off guard?”

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard Where the f**k does all the dust come from?

jhn96 , Karolina Grabowska Report

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Nikki Sevven
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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Similarly, how do my two dogs manage to shed more hair than they actually have on their bodies?

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard How it just goes on endlessly.

When you're a kid, there's a summer break every year, and a new school to go to in a couple of years. Whatever part of your life you are in is clearly delimited and there is something new to look forward to after it.

Once you're an adult, it's just 5 days of work and 2 days of weekend over and over and over until you die.

anon , RDNE Stock project Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard Watching your parents becoming old and frail

Mrbusybaconandeggs , Andrea Piacquadio Report

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Child of the Stars
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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This scares me so much. My parents aren't elderly yet (they're 60 and 63), but still going like they're 30. They both have health problems (especially emotional) they refuse to acknowledge or even talk about.

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard High School level drama still exists in the workplace

DanMahBoy , Jopwell Report

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ERIKA H.
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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've experienced more bullying in the workplace then I ever experienced in school

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard I can do whatever the f**k I want.
But I don't really want to do anything...

IcarusWax , EKATERINA BOLOVTSOVA Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard Just how tiring everything is. Tired when I wake up. Tired after work. Tired after cooking dinner. Tired catching up sleep on the weekends. Tired while doing something fun on the weekend. Almost always a bit tired.

Always feeling tired and just pushing through it.

Dylan7675 , Andrea Piacquadio Report

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Kobe (she)
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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very unpopular, but eating healthy and remain and healthy weight and doing some kind of exercise - that can just be a daily walk for 20 min. - really does help. I'm not talking expensive hipster power food stuff, just a sensible diet with the right potion seizes.

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#7

People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard How clueless other adults are. I really thought adults had their s**t in order while in reality most people are winging it.

xepci0 , Mikhail Nilov Report

#8

People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard That the majority of adults are absolutely stupid. i was under the impression that as you got older you gained knowledge and wisdom... not so much.

weedgretzky42099 , Hasan Albari Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard The constant anxiety of realising you're just getting older whilst still not knowing what the hell you're going to do with your life. It's especially stressful when everyone around you seems to be progressing and realising what they want out of life and you're just sitting here waiting for death.

2alchow , RDNE Stock project Report

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ERIKA H.
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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I promise you, most other people feel the same way, and many may even feel the same about you. Don't ever compare your life to others, especially to how other's portray it on the internet. Remember, we only show to good stuff on Instagram, Tiktok, Facebook, etc. So people's lives always seam better then they really are. Everyone always has stuff going on behind closed doors. So don't compare and just worry about your own life and not what other's are doing in theirs.

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard I think how people stop giving a s**t about you when you get older, in a general sense. I see homeless people, very poor people struggling and others struggling with mental health and people with low pay.

If you saw a small child on the street, crying, alone, our hearts would break at the innocence. We would console and help them. Adults were all somebody's little children at one point, we have the same basic needs as children. When you're older, if you aren't making society move money around, you become worthless in the eyes of the public.

1_art_please , MART PRODUCTION Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard Feeling able-bodied to having a broken down body happened seemingly over night.

HappyGilOHMYGOD , Karolina Grabowska Report

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Brenda
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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God, I feel this so much! Pretty perfect health till early 40s. Now at 57 I swear they find something else wrong at every Dr's appointment

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#12

People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard Understanding how young my parents were while raising us now that I was (then surpassed) that age.

Gave me a lot of compassion, especially as new immigrants to the US where they didn’t know the language. I’m 32 and still trying to figure out they were 25 with two kids in a totally new country.

Bravo mom and pop.

aaronrobles , Daria Obymaha Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard It’s hard to explain, but I always thought getting older would feel different in your soul, somehow. I don’t mean that in a religious or spiritual way necessarily, I’m more referencing the little version of you in your brain that pilots the ship. I always thought that, as I got older, he would feel older too.

I’m 33 now. I’ve had a lot of adventures and experiences, I’ve learned a lot and I’m definitely smarter than I was at say 20, but the little me piloting the ship doesn’t feel any different.

The little me in the ship still feels like it did when I was 15 or 16. I’m not complaining, I actually think it’s sorta nice and even helpful, I just find it strange.

flannelfrankenstein , Archie Binamira Report

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Jill Bussey
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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That "little me" never changes and is the reason us oldies still climb ladders to clean the gutters, go into the loft for the decorations, and attempt to use a pogo stick.

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard How calm it is.

Through all of school years, adults kept yelling at us, that these are our best years of life, and when we grow up to be adults and get jobs, we will be much more stressed, and the responsibilities will be much more serious. I really believed that and thought my adult life will be hell on earth, and I felt guilty for hating school and being a kid so much.

But there is no bullying in my adulthood. There is no yelling at me. And when there is, I can yell back. And if I yell back and get into a fight, I'm probably going to end up bruised but that's it. There is no more yelling at me for getting into a fight. There is no yelling at me for yelling back at someone. Job is way more slow paced than school, I'm almost never in a hurry. And when I finish a work day, I just go home and play games, or do whatever I want to, without stressing about the other day or crying over the homework in my textbook. I can eat candy for breakfast if I want. I can still go out with friends to play football or ride bikes. I had no time for it in childhood, except winter and summer breaks. Also, I had no friends. I was throwing up in the bushes everyday and crying because my stomach hurt so bad from the stress, going to school. Now I'm walking to work singing along to the music in my headphones, feeling generally happy. Adult life is much better than I expected.

-acidlean- , Julia Avamotive Report

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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is such a sweet post. I hope that’s what it’s like for me as an adult. Literally all I want out of life is to be happy. (And be an author, but anyway)

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard How little free time you have. You have to work, you have to prepare for work, drive to work, drive home from work. You also have to do household chores. You have to take care of kids if you have some. When do I get to enjoy my hobbies?

lllSnowmanlll , Tima Miroshnichenko Report

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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This comes down to priorities. Pick what is more important for you right now. Right now, I can live with toothpaste stains in the sink (chore) for one day because I'm choosing to read (hobby) for the sake of enjoying myself. I don't live in a Pinterest Perfect world, and I don't want to. As long as the dishes and sides are clean and the bins are empty, I'm not prioritising dusting the baseboards over a board game with my loved ones. Also, prep for work? I would need clean clothes in all cases regardless of employment status, what other prep is needed? (Genuine question - I work in a corporate office, I need clean, pressed clothes and a coffee. I sometimes need to bring in a resupply of tissues. There's literally nothing I need to prepare that I wouldn't also do for a weekend, or a holiday, so what additional prep am I missing out on?)

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard The mental labor involved in meal planning, let alone cooking.

pizzajokesR2cheesy , Vlada Karpovich Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard Not making any friends any more.

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ERIKA H.
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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's hard to make friends as an adult. I'm still learning how to do this, BUT I have made a few new friends over the past year by pursuing things I like. I found it is much easier to make friends in activities or groups because you'll automatically already have something in common to converse on (the interest in the activity). So if you love soccer, maybe join a soccer pickup match here and there. Or I'd you love knitting, find a knitting group

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard Becoming more emotionally mature than the adults I used to look up to.

It's weird to watch my family talking behind each other's backs and being two faced and back stabby and throwing fits when they don't get their way. It's literally bizarre highschool drama or toddler level tantrums and I just sit there thinking "Was that really the most mature and productive way to handle that?" But you can't say anything without literally getting told "I'M the ADULT! I'm older and wiser so I know better!". Oh, is that why you threw a screaming fit over the laundry being moved? Because that's what adults do?

I don't know how I didn't see it when I was younger. I'm in my late 30s, so it's not like I'm some teenager who thinks I know better than the adults. I'm just an adult flabbergasted that they're still doing this petty drama at age 60.

Its_Curse , Anastasia Shuraeva Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard Cheese is so f*****g expensive!

westfieldram , NastyaSensei Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard How much the magic for things that you experience as a kid wears off.

Holidays, vacation destinations, stores and restaurants, etc. They are still cool, but not as amazing as they were when I was a kid.

jos_piersdad , MarcTutorials Report

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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or realizing how powerful of a filter nostalgia is. Love teminiscing about your favorite movie as a kid? Keep reminiscing, dont watch it. The memory is better than the reality.

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard The general cruelty of people. We're you're a kid you think we're all team humanity or team [your country] but it's not.

Captcha_Imagination , Elti Meshau Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard My to-do list is literally never finished.

NoSleepNoCoffee1 , Ivan Samkov Report

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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For a long time, I would get really stressed about what I couldn't cross off each day. A friend suggested that at the end of the day, I write down-with a physical pen and paper-what I accomplished that day. It significantly reduced my anxiety and even helped with my self-esteem.

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard That you are on your own. No one cares if you get injured. No one cares if you are homeless and hungry and if you were to die, life just goes on without you.

Intelligent_Put_3594 , Michelle Leman Report

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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean.. some of us are fortunate enough to have people who do care about us... I wouldn't be where i am if it weren't for my family and friends who love and care

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard How fast time moves. Feels like I graduated college, blinked and now I'm in my early 30s. I miss the optimism of having all the time in the world to save money, catch up on albums and shows, see friends, make new ones, travel, get married, have a family, etc. Now it feels like I haven't done any of that and I'm running out of time to do it.

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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You're in your 30s? Stfu! You're still a kid. Want to see how fast time goes? Wait til you're 60 and then start complaining 😁

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard The fatigue and body pain as you get to your sixties. I still have 6 years until pension and I barely move after work. Forget going out or enjoying life, it’s a struggle just to look after me. Very fortunate to have amazing adult kids and grandkids who cook and care for me.

RelationIll9965 , Aaron Andrew Ang Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard You have to be intentional about joy and wonder in education.

Also, even if things suck, even if you don’t want to give a f**k.

Keep being curious. Keep wondering about things.
Because it can get bitter real quick.

Slurpydurpy711 , Craig Adderley Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard How it’s ok to do your own thing.
You call the shots.
You don’t have to do all the “adult” things if you don’t want to.

Slurpydurpy711 , Jonathan Borba Report

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard You start to pay attention to ages in movies and music and sometimes how much older you are compared to them. 😬

SoWhatFuture , Lê Minh Report

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Karen Krause
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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've started doing this, especially to the leads. I'm like "oh he's cute, wait, he's only how old? I could be his grandmother!" When did this happen? Where did the older stars go?

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People Open Up About 30 Things About Becoming An Adult That Caught Them Completely Off Guard The 'kids grow up so quickly these days' sensation.

You see a kid and think "ah wow they've grown huge! I saw them when they were two and now... Oh yeah... It's been ten years... F**k."

Hot-Plane3889 , Artem Podrez Report

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12 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

About 5 years ago, I found myself referring to 20-somethings as kids. I couldn't believe it.

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