Adult life is such a scary thing. We overthink everything to do with it, and we most likely spend all of our time trying to run away from it. But as soon as you finish high school and get your first job, you’re just plunged right into the adult world that you didn’t know you’d be so desperate to run from. The sheltered life of high school most definitely did not prepare you for anything that was to come, and that’s one of the things that should really change about the education system. A class should be put on to prepare young adults of what being an older adult is like. But enough about education, it’s time to face the facts and really dip your toes into adult life. Because with hardly anyone around to tell you what to do or to give you a definitive guide, it can be so hard to understand whether you’re doing it right or not. So rather than just diving in, and feeling like you’ve got the whole weight of the world on your shoulders, let’s dip your toes into adult life, and see how you cope. There are so many smaller steps you need to take before you declare yourself a responsible adult, because you still have your younger years to live out, and you don’t want to be bogged down with problem after problem. So, here’s how you can dip your toes into adult life, and to do it the right way!
Start Controlling Your Own Life
This is one of the biggest shocks that people have to go through when becoming a proper adult. It’s the shock of having to manage your own health, your own appointments, your own daily routine. Luckily however, as you get into your last year of school you should start to become a little more independent. Although you are still controlled in a system, so taking yourself out of that and sorting out your own routine can be hard. But the main thing you need to do is actually sort yourself a routine out. Don’t be the type who relies on their parents to do everything for them until their late 20’s. The earlier you start becoming independent, the easier it’s going to be for you to cope with adult life. Organising yourself is going to revolve largely around getting yourself up and ready for work, and definitely caring for yourself. From booking a dentist appointment, to knowing when you’ve had too many takeaways in a row, your health is so so important. Things such as oral health tend to be ignored by so many when parents aren’t making the appointments for them, but for you, you need to focus on keeping it in check! As well as every other aspect of your health, being an adult involves knowing when your health is going downhill! But amongst all of this, you need to make sure you’re giving yourself time to relax, see your friends, meet new people… and just generally enjoy life!
Thinking About Your Money
Eurgh, now this is something that you’re probably reminded about every single day. From your parents, from your workplace, from your bank account, you’ll just be reminded about it in every way that you possibly can be. But thinking about your money can be one of the most daunting tasks that you can do, especially if you haven’t really been good with this before. So to truly be an adult that’s making the most of adult life, you’re going to have to think about the S word… savings. It’s something that the majority of us find so hard to get our heads around. There are of course, the random few who are really good at saving money, and like to make it known to the world that they’re good with saving money. So, just because we’re only dipping the toes into adult life just a little bit, you only need to think about saving a little. Saving as so important to the lifestyle that you want to live, for security, and for your future. So, if you can just put away 10% of each pay packet into savings, you should be able to build up a nice little bit of money for a rainy day, as well as still having tons to spend for the rest of the month.
You could also think about how you’re going to get more money than what you’re on at the minute. We doubt that at a young age, you’re someone with thousands in the bank and thousands more coming in. You’re most likely on a wage that’s a fair amount more than the part time job you had whilst you’re at school, but it’s probably not a wage you want to settle with for life. So really think about your job, what your dream job would be, and how you can get the most money out of the work you do, no matter what it is that you do! If you really feel like you’re struggling to cope with your career, and you seriously have no direction to turn in with regards to finding a new job, you should think about going to a careers event. You don’t have to be in school to go to one of these, and you might have to pay a small fee to actually get in. But once you do, your eyes will be opened to all of these different careers that you could step right into. Even if it means you do a night course at college for a little bit, you’re best off doing it whilst you’re young, rather than getting further into your adult life and wishing you had done things differently.
Motivating Yourself To Be Better
When you get into young adult life, you soon realise that there aren’t many people around you to motivate you anymore. You won’t have the constant pressure of school anymore, and in the beginning, that’s actually pretty nice. But as the years go on, you have to realise that if you don’t motivate yourself, you really will be missing out on precious years of your life. Being your own personal motivator is great as well, because you know that no matter what, you still have someone there to guide you, even if it is yourself. So, the best way we think to get yourself motivated, is to think about writing a list of all of the things you want to achieve in life. Whether it be learning how to play an instrument, or going to travel the world. If you have a list of things to do as a guide, there’s no stopping you from achieving everything on that list! Whether you have someone by your side doing it with you, or whether you’re on a solo mission to conquer the world, you should definitely think about how you can positively improve your life!
Keeping Responsibility Lower
This is something that you definitely need to think about, because you will no doubt have felt like you had the pressure of the world weighing down on your shoulders. Everyone expects you to do so much and to achieve so much, but in reality it’s just not as possible as people think. You’re still transitioning from being a young adult, and moving onto the responsible adult age, so you don’t want to overload yourself and miss out on some of the best years of your life. What you do want to do, is go with the flow, and do everything at your own pace. If you get into the mindset that you should only be pleasing yourself, and only be looking out for yourself, then things will become so much easier. So if you feel like you have a ton of people around you who are telling you to get into a relationship, or that you should be studying, or that you should have your own place, you need to learn to let go and do your own thing. Set your own milestones, and be the only one who is controlling them!
Finding Your Happiness
The last and final piece of the puzzle, you need to be able to find your own happiness whilst you still can. You need to learn to be your own person, and find something in life that’s going to make you so happy. Some people like to do this through travelling, and it’s definitely something that we would recommend. There will be so many different countries that you’re able to visit, and so many different experiences you’re able to have, but the best time to do all of this is whilst you’re still young and having fun. There are companies that you can book things through, like a 6 month travelling trip, that will see you having the best time and the most adventure that you’re ever able to have. But there’s more to it than that, you need to be able to find your happiness in your everyday life, so start searching now!