What it means when you say “Being an Adult”

For some reason, the majority of us think that “being an adult” is something to strive for. Here’s a short list of what it implies:

  • Holding down a steady, well paying job with a desk and boss that will eventually lead to a pension
  • Staying cool under pressure
  • Paying your bills on time… all of ‘em
  • Maintaining a social circle of glamorous/hip/sensitive friends
  • Keeping a clean, fashionable wardrobe
  • Eating three healthy, balanced meals a day that don’t come out of the microwave
  • Having a living space that doesn’t belong to anyone except you/your partner
  • Having a “partner”
  • Lived in a foreign country at some point, preferably while helping orphans. Clean water initiatives are also acceptable.
  • Watching sophisticated films with subtitles or extreme camera angles
  • Traveling, preferably to hip locations in Europe
  • Staying on top of a smart, quirky social media platform (bonus points if you write for something regularly)
  • Understanding political issues well enough to vote in local elections
  • Owning and understanding a smart phone
  • Exercising regularly
  • Continuing education in some form
  • Giving back to the community
  • Cleaning all of the things

None of it seems all that difficult, right?

Now reflect on the fact that you’re going to have to either do/talk about ALL OF THOSE THINGS EVERY DAY to qualify for “adult” status.

So according to your facebook trolling, the world looks something like this:

All of the people above pay their bills on time. They own cars, but prefer to bike. They go to the gym regularly. They’re not interested in going to Five Guys because they’ve got a great Pinterest recipe to prepare with vegetables from their CSA. Oh, and would you like to look at pictures their partner took while attending an Italian blogging conference with their friends from college?

Now, we here at glittersparkleawesomecupcake don’t like to be naysayers. So instead of  focusing on what seems like an impossible dream, we’re going to talk about how to make it happen.

You don’t have to be Superman. As Peter Parker, you’re doing just fine.

(click to tweet that splash of sparkle)

Let’s look back at our list. I’ll bold the items PP manages on a regular basis.

  • Holding down a steady, well paying job with a desk and boss that will eventually lead to a pension (if he makes it to pension age. Webslinging is risky)
  • Staying cool under pressure
  • Paying your bills on time… all of ‘em
  • Maintaining a social circle of glamorous/hip/sensitive friends
  • Keeping a clean, fashionable wardrobe
  • Eating three healthy, balanced meals a day that don’t come out of the microwave
  • Having a living space that doesn’t belong to anyone except you/your partner
  • Having a “partner”
  • Lived in a foreign country at some point, preferably while helping orphans. Clean water initiatives are also acceptable.
  • Watching sophisticated films with subtitles or extreme camera angles
  • Traveling, preferably to hip locations in Europe
  • Staying on top of a smart, quirky social media platform (bonus points if you write for something regularly)
  • Understanding political issues well enough to vote in local elections
  • Owning and understanding a smart phone
  • Exercising regularly
  • Continuing education in some form
  • Giving back to the community
  • Cleaning all of the things

On the adult scale, Petey manages 5/17. But does anyone blame him? No, they’re too busy looking at the pretty pictures he takes and his decidedly unhip and probably grody ensemble as he saves the city over and over again.

If you’re managing 5+, you’re doing just fine Spidey. Keep on trucking.

Unashamedly under 30%ingly yours,

Blush

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