Secrets of Adulthood

I’m currently reading Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project, where she shares a list of lessons she has learned with difficulty while growing up. It’s a tad bit silly, yet contains a lot of truths.

Inspired by her list, I decided to create my own!

  1. If you keep waiting, you’ll never go.
  2. Take a cold shower at least once a week just to remind yourself how lucky you are to even have the choice.
  3. If you look at your boss and not want their job, it’s time to leave.
  4. Life is messy. We’re all just winging it.
  5. Nobody in the history of humanity has ever said, “I’m glad I ignored those red flags. It worked out.”
  6. Buy less but better.
  7. If you have to force it, leave it.
  8. Handwritten notes are always appreciated.
  9. Generic medications share the same active ingredients as the brand names.
  10. You can experience a moment without needing to document it on social media.
  11. Never stay in a shitty relationship. Not for your boyfriend/girlfriend’s sake. Not for your mom or dad. Not for your children.
  12. That path to financial freedom/security does not start with purposefully drowning yourself in $100,000+ in student loan debt to attend school.
  13. Pivoting a ship’s direction by a mere 15 degrees can drastically affect its final destination.
  14. If you don’t journal, you don’t grow.
  15. It’s not always easy finding the magic in the mundane. Try anyway.
  16. Traveling solo doesn’t mean traveling alone.
  17. When you realize you’re wrong in the middle of an argument, swallow your pride and own up to it. It will give you more credibility when you are right.
  18. You won’t lose weight if you keep waiting for yourself to feel like exercising or dieting.
  19. It only takes your brain five seconds to talk you out of waking up at 6:00am.
  20. You don’t have to wait for a crisis to change your life.

What are some secrets of adulthood you’ve learned? Feel free to share!


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