10 Reasons Why Adulting is Hard


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I’ve been an adult since 18 “technically”….I left home and went out on my own to college and couldn’t wait.  I soon  realized that I everything I’d known up to that point in life, was out the window.  Crazy about how excited I was to grow up, to take on more responsibility.  Was it awesome?  In some ways, yes.  But, let’s face it, adulting is hard work.

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In my twenties, I was just learning the ropes of being an adult.  Answering to myself, hanging out with friends, attending classes, working here and there…life was all good.  Then, suddenly, I found myself a college graduate in the “real world” and that is when life rocked my world.  Would I change anything in my path that has led me to where I am now?  No, not necessarily…but, maybe I would have made it a little less rocky along the way. 🙂

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So, now that I’m in my 30’s (yikes!), life has yet again unveiled so many new and different opportunities, and I’ve realized that adulting is really really hard some days.

So, what ways has it hit me that adulting is hard work?

  •  I’m my own alarm clock

I can’t snooze myself…or can I?  I am an adult right?  (Ask my husband, my 5:30AM alarm is just for “show”….I hit snooze about 3 times, then forcefully drag myself out of bed)

  • I have to cook for myself…and now my family too

Well, this is debatable really…when I say cook for myself, I mean I eat some peanut butter or I pour some dressing on a salad..and when I say I cook for my family what I really mean is that my husband cooks for us and we devour it.

  • I’m a taxi driver constantly for the little humans living in our home

I used to joy ride around town for pleasure growing up, or zip around in my little car running errands here and there.  But now, I drive my SUV full of my mini-me’s and toodle them all over with Taylor Swift blaring constantly on my CD player that once was occupied by Counting Crows.

  • I can choose to eat my dessert first

I know, I know…this sounds awesome.  BUT, I have no one telling me I can’t eat my dessert first or telling me I’ll spoil my dinner, so….quite frequently…I spoil my dinner!  Bad food choices!

  • The Laundry is NEVER ending!

Like seriously, never-ending.  In 5 days how did our household go through 28 pairs of pants?  How is that even a possibility?

  • I have to clean more than just my room now

Yes, I have to keep an entire house clean.  Never in my wildest dreams growing up, when I was moaning and belly aching about just having to clean my room, did it ever enter my mind that in a few short years I would be multiplying that one room of cleaning by 10.

  • I’ve got bills…and they’re multiplying  (I hope you are singing Grease in your mind right now…)

I’m not losing control (:-)) But, paying bills is a HUGE part of being an adult.  Over-rated if you ask me.

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  • I’m my own appointment setter

Back in the good ol’ days, my mom made all my appointments…and followed up on them…and took me to them..and got my prescriptions..and paid the bill…and paid for my insurance every month.  But now?  Up to me.  and I don’t like it.  Not one bit.

  • Pajama pants and that “just woke up look” are not proper work attire

Can we all just pause for a moment and remember the days of college when it was totally normally to roll into class in your PJ’s or some other shackle of clothing that looked like you literally just rolled out of bed?  I miss those days.  Apparently, this is frowned upon the in the real world.  Oh, the little things that college didn’t prepare us for.. 🙂

  • You’re always being watched

No, not like Big Brother is watching (well, maybe that too) but, when you are an adult, you are always being watched, whether by your employer or your children, others see you and your actions.  You are held solely accountable for your words and your actions when you are an adult. No blaming your friends anymore…those days are over!

While these 10 ways make adulting harder than not, I do love being an adult.  I appreciate the freedom I have, I love my family and I love being able to be me without worry.  Some days, I need 500 cups of coffee to make it through the day, and that’s okay.  Life happens.  Sometimes, life just stinks.  But, the good outweigh the bad ALWAYS, and the sun rises and sets, and every day is a new day where you have the opportunity to start all over.  Isn’t being an adult awesome in that sense?

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What ways do you think adulting is hard?

10 Reasons Adulting is Hard Work



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134 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why Adulting is Hard”

  1. Paola says:

    Oh yes, being an adult is very hard sometimes, especially because you expect to have all the answers but then you realised that sometimes your improvising … I am in my 30s too and I still don’t know what I am doing sometimes apart from paying bills, doing washing machine and so on…but I love the fact that I can eat anything I want now without having people telling me off :D!

    1. Thena says:

      That is a plus for sure!

  2. Kelley says:

    LOL this post was made for me. I am still struggling with being my own alarm clock since my mom woke me up into my senior year of high school. I’m 26 now but I still am on the strugglebus.

    1. Thena says:

      Save a seat for me!

  3. LOL, I hear you Thena. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be young and care free again. One of the worst things for me about being an adult is how much I sound like my mom, and she warned me, but I didn’t listen and laundry, UGH!! Can someone just invent self cleaning cloths already 😉

    1. Thena says:

      I hear my mother in me daily!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Adulting is hard, but it is also so much fun sometimes. But I think everyone is being watch. Kids by teachers and parents and adults by boss.


  5. I’m still not the adult! 😀

    I’m in my twenties yet and I’m really enjoying it. But in a way I can’t wait for all of these things with the person I love!

    What’s the best part of being an adult?

    1. Thena says:

      Great question. Best part? Knowing that I’m leading the life I want and shaping the life of our girls. <3

  6. Brooke says:

    Haha these are some funny points. Being an adult is definitely busy, busy, busy – but I wouldn’t say its hard! It’s life. You just have to sit back and relax sometimes.

    1. Thena says:

      I need a vacation. 😉

  7. Yessss girl! Adulting can be so hard! You’re right about those bills. They really do keep multiplying!

  8. steph says:

    I am sure the list could go on. Laundry is a particularly painful point for me. It really never ends. And clutter. How is clutter so ridiculous. It’s like I became an adult and was no longer able to ignore it.

    1. Thena says:

      It eats away at me too!!!

  9. Ashley Idle says:

    This article spoke to me as I really don’t want to keep adulting today. I feel like I have a million things to do and the more I think about it, the more I just want to curl up with a cat and take a nap.
    Ash –

    1. Thena says:

      That sounds nice….add a book for me, and sounds like a perfect Monday!

  10. Jean Neuhart says:

    With being an adult there is so much repetition – do laundry, again; buy groceries, again; dust, again . . .all while working from home. But hey, if it doesn’t get done today, there’s always tomorrow. That laundry hamper isn’t going to run away from a day of neglect.

    1. Thena says:

      Yes, there is always tomorrow.

  11. So true! I’m 30 and a mom of 2, but occasionally I’ll stop for a second and be like…”Am I really in charge of taking care of other humans and owning and house and adulting? How did that happen?” Lol!

  12. Yes!! You hit the nail on the head with this one lol. I have to add one thing though, my list of titles that I have accumulated in the matter of days lol.. teacher, nurse, counselor, accountant… all those things that come along with being an adult , wife and mom.. whew!

  13. April Jordan says:

    Omg, the eating desert bit is so hard. And the endless laundry. Relatable on such a deep level haha. Adulting is great but also tiring!!

  14. Lorna says:

    When it’s my turn to cook, we get take-out. And I get my husband to make Drs appointments for me, because I hate the phone.
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    1. Thena says:

      Seems like a good deal!

  15. Chelsea says:

    I feel ya. I do get depressed over the fact that laundry is NEVER. ENDING!!!! And as I have children, it will only get worse. lol
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  16. jin says:

    Everything you’ve listed is so true! I’m 36 and I still don’t feel like an adult – but having the adult responsibilities still suck at this age. It’s nice when things were def simpler back in the day!

    1. Thena says:

      Yes, I do miss the simpler times sometimes.

  17. Nick says:

    Adulting is super hard. I’m still not used to it. I’m only trying to get better with time. This post was fun and I enjoyed it especially the point about eating dessert first!

    1. Thena says:

      Perks of the job!

  18. Helen says:

    Adulting is so hard. I may never get used to it haha!

  19. Toya says:

    Adulting surely isn’t easy and motherhood and it becomes survival of the fittest! I so can relate to the taxi cab driver sentiment and dinner can be so stressful. Great post!

  20. Marissa says:

    These are all SO true! We want to grow up when we’re younger, yet we realize now how much our parents did.

    1. Thena says:

      I know, so true!

  21. Ressa says:

    I couldn’t help but laugh throughout this post! I’m still in my early 20’s, so I still have a while before I “adult hard,” but this was a great read! Awesome job!

  22. Samantha says:

    I definitely don’t feel like an adult 99.99% of the time! My bills are always multiplying too. And snooze is my friend. 😂

  23. I both love and hate being an adult. I love having the choice of eating dessert first, but I always feel guilty when I do it – and I love the feeling of having all my washing done, but as you said, it’s never-ending so I hardly ever get that feeling.

    Sleeping in on the weekend felt great as a kid, but now I just feel racked with guilt if I stay in bed past 10! There’s just so much to do when you’re an adult! I’m glad others feel my pain.

    Indya ||

  24. Lyf&Spice says:

    Oh, I can totally relate to it. More like – been there done that. I giggled when I read about snoozing the alarm, and bad food choices, of course. I used to eat healthy under my Moms supervision, and now I just eat anything and everything and have put on so much weight. Nice read. Cheers!!

  25. Elena says:

    I completely agree that adulting is hard, but I love the fact that I am independent and I do not have to ask for permission to do things anymore 🙂
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  26. Blair villanueva says:

    Adulting is hard but fun! I learned to be independent and re responsible for anything and for me its a good feeling.

  27. Natalie says:

    I think I went through a difficult questioning everything stage when I was around 32ish… I just found everything a total pain and was fed up of being responsible for SO much. I then realised that I actually had so much freedom and life was amazing. Being an adult is tough, but it gets better the older you get x

    1. Thena says:

      Cheers to that!

  28. Kelly says:

    Adulting is tough but I love it so much and how much I’ve learned over the years!

  29. Jerry says:

    Omg… i was SO singing that bills part in the Grease melody (before I saw the bracketed part).

    Apart from that, I have heard of this adulting thing. Am I supposed to be doing that? I am only fourty-ish, after all..

    1. Thena says:

      It’s not a requirement by any means. 🙂

  30. Anisa says:

    So true, having to get my own insurance buying clothes for my baby , making sure bills are paid on time , buying food I mean I miss being a kid lol less to worry about

    1. Thena says:

      Stay the course! 🙂

  31. kara says:

    OMG I know! Lately adulting has been so freakin hard but add all these to the list and it feels impossible sometimes!

  32. Trisha says:

    Yes!!!! I couldn’t agree with this more! My friend and I were just talking about how we wish we could take a vacation from adulting! It seems like just as you think you’ve got it down, life throws you a curveball and you have to figure it out all over again.

  33. Manju says:

    Good one… I sometime feels hectic.. but that is the cycle…

  34. summer says:

    Bills…. the HUGE thing that no one enjoys about adulting haha
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  35. Nicki says:

    When you are a child you can rock all sorts of crazy clothing combinations with superheroes or my little pony on them, if you do that as an adult you get frowned upon. I wanna wear a tutu and wellies with my hair in pig tails

    1. Thena says:

      Go for it! Be you!

  36. Nikki says:

    This was so funny i did a post about adulting too

  37. I can really relate to some of those points, notably the cleaning and the laundry. It was funny reading about eating dessert first, I like that myself! I have to say that I am also enjoying being an adult but do miss my college days a lot. I find joy in my little people who are actually not so little anymore… If you think you are enjoying your 30’s, wait til your 40’s: they are AMAZING!

    1. Thena says:

      I can’t wait!

  38. Amanda says:

    Every single word is spot on!! I don’t have trouble waking myself up – I usually wake up before my alarm. But if I could get away with it, I’d just eat cereal or a salad every night. But when you have other people, you actually have to make food for them…lol!!

  39. you have a great, but great sense of humour… but the best is yet to come – teenage years! 🙂 Cheers

  40. Chei Pangan says:

    Oh my! I feel you. The bills are never ending too. When you get your salary from but it ended up with your bills. That sucks! And worst for me, I get to take care of my siblings while taking care of my kids because my mom live me with them. Feels so fraustrated.

  41. Nicole says:

    Adulting is hard because I have to take care of myself when I’m sick. As much as it stinks, it can be quite rewarding.
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  42. Felice says:

    Oh man I understand your struggle all too well. The bills are insane 😓😓

  43. Yes adulting is very hard and I hate having to be the one to always cook and do laundry but I don’t think I would go back to high school where I had a curfew or couldn’t just go because I felt like it. There are pros and cons of being an adult like you mentioned you can eat your dessert first!
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    1. Thena says:

      Yes, I hated curfews too!!

  44. Coral says:

    These are all such good points and I completely agree with them… adulting is harder than we think it ever could be. Also, someone needs to stop me from each my dessert first

  45. Carolyn says:

    It is hard. Completely. Bills, motivation, responsibilities. Onwards we go!

    1. Thena says:

      Each day, a new day!

  46. TColeman says:

    Adulting can definitely be a struggle, but we’ve got this! That cooking thing can be so hard when you want something easy.

  47. Meghan Karaan says:

    There is nothing harder than wanting to do things you did as a younger person and handling responsibility. Believe me I know! It’s all about balance.

  48. Amen to this list!! I can’t even count how many times I’ve caught myself wondering what was for dinner then realizing I had to make that decision!! Oh and the laundry – I hate it. Oh and BTE I have 6 alarms set in the morning… JustSayin

    1. Thena says:

      That could be a new world record. 😉

  49. Salome says:

    it’s really hard to take care of yourself, you become more independent , it’s very challenging but now I’m 26 years old and I’m very happy that I left my parents house when I was 18 and moved on in different city, It was really hard first like 3 months and than kind of easy !
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    1. Thena says:

      Sounds like you are doing a great job!

  50. Carly says:

    This is just way too relatable! I swear the laundry in our house is non stop haha

  51. The not so joys of being an adult and having to deal with life. You hit the nail of the head with most of you points. It’s funny in your early teens that you wouldn’t consider any of those points.

    1. Thena says:

      Never even crossed my mind!

  52. Sylvia says:

    Oh yea, everything in life has its plus and cons. Adulthood is no exception. Entertaining read, lol. Life is a never ending lesson and one has to stick with what makes us look forward to another day on this awesome planet.

  53. I agree adulting can suck. I moved out on my own at 20 and even though it was really hard and I also have bills multiplying (love the Grease reference), I really do believe it strengthens character! Thanks for sharing, x
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    1. Thena says:

      Thanks for reading!

  54. This is a fantastic post. I think we always want to grow up and for awhile it’s cool but then we’re just like waaaaah this is too much work.

    1. Thena says:

      I know, right!!?

  55. Tavana says:

    Hey. I had to laugh because adulting can be hard and tiresome. But, yes that perk of eating what you want, is great. I’ve been asking the Lord that He allows the time to slow down, because I want to better enjoy the time I’m currently in before my responsibilites increase further. lol. Thanks for sharing.

  56. I can definitely relate to this. Its funny how when we are young we want to be old and now that we are older we want to be young. Adulting sucks.

  57. I never went to college but my 22 year old son did a few years at community college. I was surprised at the clothing options some students wore. A few years ago my personal trainer had told me that his girlfriend had never written a check. Times have certainly changed since I grew up in the 70s and got to take Business math instead of algebra for my math requirement in HS.

    When my son turned 18 I could no longer call to make appointment unless he gave permission and they would to speak to him first.

    1. Thena says:

      Time has changed for sure!

  58. Steve says:

    How is it possible for three humans to create this much laundry?? “Reuse that towel for god sakes!”

    1. Thena says:

      Yes, 100% agree!

  59. Tiffany Yong says:

    You said adulting is hard, but I feel that you enjoy every single moment being an adult. And guess what, I enjoy too! Many people say they wish time could reverse, but not for me.
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    1. Thena says:

      I do love it!!!!!!!

  60. Oyinkan says:

    Yeah being an adult is NOT a game. So much work & so much more thinking to do & more focus needed.

  61. Amy Dong says:

    LOL, I thought this was so funny b/c so much of it is true! I remember as a teen thinking how hard it was to keep just my room clean. Well, hello, adult-world. Now there’s the whole apartment/house and yard to keep clean! 😉

  62. Luci says:

    One of the biggest problem that I have with being a adult is not being able to have a grumpy day and explain to people its pass my naptime or I need a nap or I’m hungry.

  63. Elizabeth O says:

    These is so true. Adulting is very hard, lots need to do, to fix and to plan right for our own good. Especially the laundry in our house are non stop. Lol!!!

    1. Thena says:

      I know, it never stops!

  64. You know, I’m not sure I’ve ever really become an adult… Haha. It’s just too difficult and too much effort. Being a big kid is so much better! And my daughter loves it too haha

    1. Thena says:

      Never grow up, like Peter Pan!

  65. Tara says:

    this is so spot on… everything seems to multiply! i appreciate the grease reference 🙂

  66. Shawna says:

    Lol it’s so funny that when we’re younger, our parents try to prepare us for how hard adulting is. But as far as I was concerned, I didn’t want to hear any of it!! I knew everything then lol. I can only hope that my two kids take my advice much better because it really is hard sometimes.

    1. Thena says:

      I hear ya there!

  67. Cynthia says:

    Ha, I can relate to this! I think I became an adult in my 30’s when I moved to a different country! The first time I felt like one was the day I drank milk from the carton, unthinkable! Later I bought my first car and had to deal with insurance, and all I could think was, I wish my mom could do this for me, haha!
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  68. Mayuri says:

    OMG! I can relate to each and every word on this post. Adulting is really hard and sometimes I feel like going back to my teenage-self – carefree and super-thin ;). Now my waistline and bills both are ever increasing…lol
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  69. I DID start adulting at 18. I moved out on my own, but got married shortly after. I did go to college, but worked 3 jobs and raised 2 kids (while nursing) while doing so. Now, I am in my 40’s and living like I am in my 20’s since my kids are grown. I’m trying to figure out how to live a little.
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  70. Deb B. says:

    YES. Adulting is indeed hard. My list of reasons are the same as yours 🙂 Ha! But it’s so true, I absolutely love being an adult and I love seeing how much has changed now that I’m a parent.

  71. I hate being an adult lol. I remember when i was younger and i couldn’t way to be old enough… now i just wanna go back. These reasons are spot on.

  72. Liza Perry says:

    hahaha Can I join the Taxi driver for the little humans living in my house club? 🙂 I, just like you love being an adult although I did not thought about such an amount of work haha
    Thanks for sharing it was cool to read 😉

  73. Bea says:

    Ahah I love this post – I can totally see myself in what you are saying! Especially the bad food choices one, that’s totally me 😀 I need someone to tell me to eat dessert AFTER!
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  74. I agree with you on almost every single way you listed! I can’t even count how many times I’ve caught myself thinking ‘I am so hungry I wonder what’s for dinner?” Then I realize I have to not only decide but make it too! Ehhhh!
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  75. Nicole Flint says:

    Adulting is so hard! It’s just me and I feel like I’m always doing laundry!

  76. Amy Dong says:

    Adulting really is hard 😉 There’s a steep learning curve once you’re on your own… and then it doesn’t stop, it kind of rockets upward from there. We’re learning to enjoy each season as it comes, because every season of life has its ups and downs for sure.
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  77. courtney says:

    I find myselft constantly being reminded that adulting is so much harder than I imagined. I’m always reminded of all of the things that I don’t know how to do, the tasks I don’t know how to manage etc.
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  78. Haha! This was so funny. I am think I may always struggle with being my own alarm! Being an adult stinks a lot. But, I learned that by being a dad you can relive so much of that fun and excitement of being a kid though watching your children having fun and experiencing new things for the first time 🙂

  79. Haha! This was so funny. I think I may always struggle with being my own alarm! Being an adult stinks a lot. But, I learned that by being a dad you can relive so much of that fun and excitement of being a kid though watching your children having fun and experiencing new things for the first time 🙂

  80. Bee says:

    This post is pretty hilarious! I myself am not a parent but I can’t wait till I am, it seems like a laugh although difficult.

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