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As a child, what did you think would be awesome about being an adult but isn’t as awesome as you thought it would be? After someone asked the women of Reddit, these are the top-voted responses.
1. Not Having a Bedtime
The number-one-voted response is the idea of not having bedtimes as an adult. One noted, “It turns out you need one,” before another agreed, “Yes. Because not having one, lemme tell you, is pure freaking chaos. You’ll feel crummy the next day, and guess whose plans will be ruined by that? Your own.”
2. Eating Whatever You Want
One woman said, “Believing I’ll get to eat whatever I want every day! You also have to pay for it and cook it yourself!” Others added that, unlike in childhood, eating garbage foods worsens your weight and health as an adult.
3. Having My Own Money
Several women in the thread agreed that they thought having their own money would be much cooler as an adult. However, one noted, “Spoiler Alert: I have no money.”
4. Getting Mail
“I thought getting mail was so cool as a kid. But, as an adult, I realize it’s only bills,” one confessed. Many others noted it’s not only billing but obscene amounts of junk mail and solicitations.
“Vacations,” shared another. “I never realized how stressful the thought of taking one would be. Saving money that could be used elsewhere, the planning, what if the car breaks down, will the cats be fed? And so on.”
6. Having a Job
Many women agreed that when they were children, they thought having a job would be awesome, but the reality is “they suck.”
One said, “Yeah, I was dumb and thought this would be fun. Instead, I hate having to work.” Fortunately, some women admitted they love their jobs but wish they didn’t have to work forty-hour weeks.
7. Sick Days
“Sick days,” one confessed. “Taking days off work as an adult is miserable. You’re home the whole day feeling terrible, and chores and work are racking up while you’re too sick to move. Sometimes if you work hourly, you won’t get paid for the day and need the money.
No one makes your food. No one brings you meds or tucks you in – plus now, with Covid, you’re often expected to work the whole day from home, even if you’re too sick to function.
So then you have to spend days catching up on everything the second you start feeling better, even though you aren’t 100% yet. I hate being sick as an adult.”
8. Living Alone
“Living alone,” one shared. “It sucks. I get so bored, sad, and lonely.” A second replied, “I had the opposite idea about this. As a kid, I thought I’d be miserable living by myself. But it was this fantastic time of self-discovery and doing whatever I felt like, on whatever timeframe I wanted.”
9. Private Landline Phone
“Back in the 90s, a girl at my school had her own private landline and one of those transparent plastic phones, which seemed so cool and grown-up! Now I cringe every time the phone rings,” one admitted. Several other women remembered the phone and aspired to have one as an adult.
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10. Nap Time
Finally, one woman said, “Not having a dedicated nap time each day. I used to hate thinking that I needed a nap. But now, I really do need one. Oh, those were the days, man. How wrong I was.”
We hope you enjoyed this Reddit discussion between women about what they thought would be awesome as adults but honestly sucks. This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Motherhood Life Balance.
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