Being An Adult

Saturday, January 23, 2016

School never really prepares you for adulthood. I think that's why people feel stuck after high school. Do I think high school was a waste? No, but if they would have added classes or programs to help assist us for the real world, it would've been helpful. I mean don't get me wrong. I learned how to read, write, and do math; but what about other things like writing a resume or practicing for an interview. To be honest I used being in high school as a security blanket. I relied on school to help me for the real world, but I guess that wasn't suppose to happen. I actually set myself up for a big disappointment. I didn't think being an adult was easy, but I wasn't expecting a struggle. 

Everyone goes through different paths in life. We all fight through obstacles, but sometimes I can't help but think about my childhood/teenage years. Everything was pretty much easy, with the exception  of the normal high school drama. I didn't really enjoy high school and it was hard sometimes. I didn't really have the confidence like other people and I felt like I didn't belong. I had a few good friends, but everyone goes their separate ways. I think I rushed my "adulthood", if that makes any sense. I couldn't wait to get out of high school. That feeling clouded my judgement and made me think adulthood was going to be easier.
 
Well I got a rude awakening. But it was also a learning lesson for me. I don't really look at being an adult as miserable. I've started to look at this adult thing as an opportunity to do all of the things I was afraid when I was a teenager. It's like I'm correcting missed opportunities. Have you ever watched that show Hindsight? Well, I'll give a quick summary. The main character get to go back and relieve moments in her life. She has the chance to correct her past mistakes. Would I want to go back? No, because the opportunities I've had in my life probably wouldn't even exist. I'm not a risk taker so I wasn't really a rebel as a teenager. At 24 years old I'm still a cautious person, but I've taken baby risks. Basically I realized that life is too short. I have to step out of my comfort zone and enjoy life! Although, I am a work in progress I have more confidence in myself than I did at 15 years old. It maybe small to some, but it's a big accomplishment for me. I went from having little confidence to talking to people I've never met before. Adulthood isn't the sunflowers and unicorns I thought, but it will be. I guess the key is patience. 

3 comments:

  1. I totally know what you mean about rushing into adulthood. I was 18 years old when I left home and went to study abroad. They placed me in a high school class with all 16 year olds and when I finished at 20 I had two options: take another 2 years of high school with kids 4 years younger than me and be able to get into university or take a lower level of higher education. Of course I chose the latter, I didn't want to start all over again. I regret the mistake that I made up to a certain point because I'm happy of how my life turned out to be. I didn't finish my degree but I've had to study loads since then and I've passed some very hard exams that have helped me gain confidence in myself as I've always though less of myself for not having a proper degree. And, it's true what you say about school not being very helpful in preparing you for real life, I had to find my way on my own and it's been pretty hard at times.

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