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When you're young, you can't wait to grow up.

You assume it'll mean eating ice cream cake whenever you want, staying up late all the time, and not having to follow any rules.

When in reality, everyone should really be more like Wendy here:

Once you actually do grow up, you realize that it's kind of a trap. Here are 19 things about being a grownup that no one ever warned you about.

$20 is wayyyy less than it used to be.

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I remember finding a $20 bill on the ground when I was a kid and thinking I had hit the jackpot. Now, I don't even know if I'd take the time to bend over and pick it up. (lololol jk jk jk who am I kidding, of course I would.)

Music is TOO LOUD.

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But it's not quite as loud as all the groaning you do every single time you sit down or stand up. Not to mention all the creaks and cracks your bones make.

Birthdays aren't quite as exciting.

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Rather than being an opportunity for celebration, birthdays become a reminder that everything is temporary and your life will someday come to an end.

It can be tough to stay motivated.

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I like to remind myself that if I get out of bed, I can reward myself with a LaCroix at lunch. Yes, I'm serious. Yes, I know that's pathetic. This next one is a little too real.

This:

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Also, that song by the famous pop artist that you enjoyed listening to in middle school? It's like 20 years old, and you are an ancient monster. Not to rub salt in the wound, or anything.

Budgeting is tough.

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And you often find yourself feeling foolish about some of the financial decisions you made. Like spending $15 on lunch and drinking LaCroix. Or going to college.

This is a constant struggle:

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Every time I'm out, I remember how much I like my friends and how pleasant it is to be out of the house. At least, that's how I feel for the first fifteen minutes or so.

Life throws tough lessons at you.

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If you remember nothing else, please, please remember this. You're gonna need a bigger bowl. Also, salad is never going to taste good, but you're gonna eat it anyway. I know. It's tragic.

You have to start actually watching what you eat:

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Gone are the days where you can eat a whole pizza plus an entire package of Oreos for dinner. Unless they're the Thin Oreos. Those are still fine, right? (They're not.) Next up: A harsh truth about dating.

Dating is hard!

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You can swipe right all you want, but you're always running the risk that this will happen to you.

Even food is hard.

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Remember when you were a kid and your parents somehow managed to feed you? Every day? You have to do that now. You have to get the food.

You quickly fall into this cycle:

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I recommend not looking at this picture for too long. It gets depressing. Let's just move on, OK?

Presents aren't quite the same either.

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On the bright side, getting socks for the holidays or your birthday is basically the best thing ever. So, at least there's that.

"The NeverEnding Story" takes on a whole new meaning.

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This also applies to washing the dishes. And sweeping. And your "career." And basically everything. This next picture perfect encapsulates what happens pretty much every evening once you're an adult:

The best-laid plans...

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There's always tomorrow! (But we both know how tomorrow's gonna go.)

"I need an adult!"

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And heaven forbid a child come up to you and ask for help with something. It's a dark day when you realize that you're the adult in a situation.

Some things are good, though!

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No, wait a second. I guess I spoke too soon.

Yeehaw!

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I like that this person has managed to stay positive. It's impressive.

But really, there is one perk:

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You can eat an ice cream cake whenever you dang well please. So maybe adulting isn't all that bad. I mean, it's pretty bad sometimes. But...ice cream cake. Share this with someone who's had enough of this whole "adulting" thing!