When you're growing up, you have certain expectations about what life (and you) will be like in adulthood.
And then reality happens.
Things that have surprised me about being an adult:
--You still have homework. It just comes in the form of bills, tax forms, insurance forms, etc.
--You reach the age of daily medication and pill-sorting containers sooner than you think you will.
--You really do say those same phrases your parents said. You know, the ones you swore you would never say yourself?
lot of adult privileges lose their luster once you actually reach them,
so I thought all of them would. But it still is great to have a piece
of candy when you want and not answer to anyone about it. (Or as Jerry
Seinfeld once said, "If I want a cookie, I have a cookie.")
also great not to be in school anymore, and to be able to go to the
rest room any time you need to, rather than waiting for a bell to ring.
a certain age, your kids have a more active social life than you do.
Your weekends are ruled not by your own plans, but by whether they have a
soccer game / birthday party / standardized test.
--Emotions play a much bigger role, and facts play a much smaller role, in how the world works than you would've expected.
people from your generation start to hold many of the positions of
political and corporate power, it's kind of scary, because those are
--It's best to start saving for retirement as soon as you start working.
--Ages that you once thought of as "old" don't feel that old when you get to them.
--You still think, "Someday I will catch up on things."
change your mind about some of the things on your bucket list. You
realize you'll never do those things not because there isn't time, but
because you don't really want to do them.