Being an adult is hard. Take it from someone who's been an adult for a while now and still has no idea what the hell she's doing.
Luckily, I'm not alone.
Writer Laura Chanel Allen asked the people of Twitter this question:
via: TwitterAnd she got more than 1,500 responses. Because everyone was a little bit blindsided by adulthood. Here are some of the best ones.
via: TwitterDid your parents ever sit you down and go, "Now, see, there are these things called hemorrhoids."? Yeah, I don't think so.
Parents needing help
via: TwitterWhen you're a kid, you're convinced that adults have all the answers. The second you enter the real world, you realize no one knows what they're doing at all, ever.
Who you know
via: TwitterPretty much every college professor I ever had was like, "Networking is more important than learning real things." They didn't say it like that, but I knew that's what they meant. And they were kind of right.
Ability to listen
via: TwitterBeing a good listener isn't just about hearing the words other people have to say. It's about empathy. And that's tough stuff. The next one is universal, I think.
via: TwitterSeriously, I'm pushing 30, and I don't know how to fold a fitted sheet properly or do my taxes. They should have classes on these things!
via: TwitterWhen you're finally an adult, you're like, "I'm free! I can buy all the candy from the grocery store checkout line that I want!" But then you realize those things make you feel terrible inside. It's the worst.
via: TwitterI was such a night owl when I was a kid, up until all hours of the morning. Now, I'm lucky if I'm awake by 10 p.m.
via: TwitterMaintaining friendships is really hard when you're an adult, but so is meeting new friends! How do you do it? Do you have any tips?
via: TwitterAll those things that were magically taken care of when you were a kid weren't actually magically taken care of. Your parents did them. And now it's your turn. The next one was a real kick in the face.
via: TwitterNewsflash! Real life isn't at all like movies or TV when it comes to romantic relationships. They're a lot less glamorous than they're made out to be, but they can also be extremely rewarding.
via: TwitterMy mom had me when she was 25 years old! When I was 25, I was a nightmare of a person. Incredible.
via: TwitterThis was a real one. I grew up in a family of five, so when it came time to cook for just me, I had no idea how much to make. This is still a daily struggle of mine.
via: TwitterI'd honestly go back to school if there were classes that would teach me this stuff. These things are so important, but literally, no one talks to you about them until it's too late.
via: TwitterYou might not realize how widespread misogyny and sexism are until you're an adult and in the workplace. It's awful. The next one was a major bummer.
via: TwitterSure, some companies are more generous than others, but most of the time, you get two weeks a year. That's a far cry from the two-month summer break we had every year growing up!
Everything will break
via: TwitterOh man, this was a real one. Learning that one day your car just won't work or your refrigerator will turn off was tough. And you have to deal with it if you want it fixed! Too much.
via: TwitterSo. Much. Aching. You don't realize that you don't have to be an old person to hurt everywhere all the time.
via: TwitterOh yeah. This was a big one. To be fair, I don't think anyone was prepared for this.
All of it
via: TwitterAmen, sister. No matter how hard you try to prepare your kids for the realities of adulthood, it's just impossible. Share this with a fellow adult who shares your pain!