Millennials everywhere are adulting … or at least attempting to adult.
We adult and then we ask ourselves, “Is this really happening? Is this really me?” Full time job. Friends getting married and having babies. Talking about mortgages and IRA’s and “adulty” stuff. Are we really becoming adults? Our parents always did that adulty stuff… now us? Whoa… is this real?
Urban Dictionary simply defines adulting this way:
Adulting: to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9-5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown ups.
And to be honest, on the spectrum of adulting, I am full-fledge in it. With a husband, 2 kids (and another on the way), a full-time job, a mortgage… I am pretty much the definition of an adult. But still, I pinch myself to remember that this is real life, and I am full-fledge adulting.
Just the other week, I found myself listening to a nostalgic summertime song, and it brought back memories from 10+ years ago when I was in my late teens/early twenties. The song made me remember the endless summer days, responsibility-free life, and young love. “Ahhhh”, I subconsciously thought, “those were the days”.
“Those were the days” … but were they really “THE DAYS”? I have numerous decades left to live, so I sure hope that 10+ years ago was not the peak of life enjoyment!
This adulting stuff is hard. And, sure the carefree, young, responsibility-free life was good for a season, but honestly, I believe that every decade should get better and better.
Just because adulting is hard, does not mean it is bad. (see Life is Hard: 3 Tips to Do More Than Survive post for more on that topic)
It is fun to joke about adulting, but at some point we have to embrace the fact that adulting is not that bad, but instead it has the potential for lots of good!
Check out these 5 Reasons Why Adulting Isn’t That Bad…
1. Adulting Can Make You a Better Person
2. Adulting Can Multiply Your Potential Impact on the World
3. Adulting Brings Deeper Levels of Satisfaction
4. Adulting is Our Design
5. Adulting Empowers You to Dream Big, Chase your Dreams, and Live the Life of Your Dreams
When we are dependent on mom and dad in any way, we are not fully released to have full ownership of our life and live the life of our dreams. The awesome thing about adulting is that we can dream big dreams, and with God’s help (and a lot of hard work), our dreams can come true.
So, at the end of the day, we are becoming adults and it is weird. But adulting isn’t that bad, and there is huge potential for multiplied good in our life and in the lives of those around us as we adult well.
So, let’s embrace adulting and adult well!
Don’t be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature in understanding matters of this kind. 1 Corinthians 14:20 NLT