6 Lessons Adulting Has Taught Me
Adulting is hard. Everyday is a struggle. The responsibilities never stop. When I was a kid, I couldn't wait to be a grown up. So I could have my own house, stay up all night, and eat ice cream for breakfast. Now I wouldn't mind being a kid again. Remember when your biggest responsibilities were cleaning your room and making it to the bus stop on time? I wish!
Adulting has been a journey, to say the least. There have been many bumps in the road. But there's a valuable lesson at the end of each bump. These are the lessons that I have learned while adulting.
1. Self-care is self-love.
Your first priority is YOU. Nobody is going to care about you more than you, nor should they. It's your job to care for yourself. You perform well when you feel well. Make it a priority to keep your mind, body, and soul in tip-top shape. Read here if you need some ways to practice self-care.
2. We're all in this together.
You are not alone. Everybody else is trying to figure it out as well. Talk to the people around you and you will quickly learn that nobody knows what they are doing. With that being said, it is important to help and support one another. Share helpful tips and advice. Support small businesses and entrepreneurs. Help someone get put on at your job. I've learned that collaborating is much more efficient than competing.
3. Be flexible.
We all create timelines or 5 year plans or envision where we want to be in life by a particular age. God might have other plans. Having a plan or idea of where you want to be is great. Just understand that things can change and adjust accordingly.
4. Family over everything.
I appreciate my family more and more as I get older. I've learned that my family's unconditional love is so real. It feels great to know who has my back. I am forever grateful to have a loving and supportive family. Be good to those who are good to you! Also, be sure to let them know how important they are to you.
5. Hindsight is always 20/20.
Don't waste your time thinking about what should-have or could-have happened. You cannot change the past. Please don't burden yourself with regrets. Learn from it and move on. I'm a firm believer in everything happening for a reason. It can be hard to find the "reason" when an unfavorable situation occurs. Sometimes the reason is a lesson that you can learn from.
6. It's a beautiful mess!
That's the best way to describe it. Life is so beautiful but I feel like a mess (most of the time). It's filled with ups and downs and twist and turns. But there's also so much joy and many, many great experiences. Enjoy your journey! You'll have some good stories to tell about it later.
What lessons have you learned on your adulting journey?