We all know and are all told that at the turn of 18, our lives are supposedly meant to have this huge turnaround as we go from child to omniscient adult. But if, five years on, you’re still finding yourself desperately seeking an ‘adult’ to help in a specific situation, this possibly means you’re still mentally living in Neverland and still waiting to be told you’re Peter Pan.
You’re not alone in thinking the idea of ‘growing up’ seems incredibly frightening. Facebook hardly helps the situation, bombarding us with the fast-accumulating number of former classmates getting engaged and popping out babies. What’s worse is you’ve just halfheartedly shared a post asking for people’s thoughts on which new box set to get started on. But even if you aren’t yet ready to leave the nest, and are still relying on your mum’s knowledge of the washing machine/life in general, there might be some other, less daunting signs that, believe it or not, you could actually be on your way to adulthood. Eek.
Your pay slip each month becomes optimistically arranged as to allow some money to filter into savings – which, for the record, never seems to build up. You blame the non-existent interest rates, but in reality it’s still going on those clothes you never need (but at least the saving intention was initially there, right…?).
You realise the price of mangoes are 25p more in Sainsbury’s than they are in Tesco, and become outraged by their audacity. Long gone are the days of 10p Freddos.
One of the worst decisions you have to make on the daily is whether or not you should have that extra cup of coffee before dinner, in fear that the caffeine will keep you up and prevent you from getting your eight hours of valuable sleeping time.
It might be 7:00 in the morning and you’re dreading the day ahead, but there’s no denying you’ve already noticed and commented on what a lovely morning of weather it is, not that being British doesn’t already make this a given. You can now finally understand why our mums used to blindingly wake you up for school while drawing the curtains, rejoicing in the fact that the sun was out.
Weak at the knees
When you realise you’ve been sitting down all day, and getting up from your perch no longer comes with the elegance and ease that it used to (at least not always, anyway) and instead now comes with an unintentional “oof” sound.
You realise you just can’t pull off the duck pout any more in photos, instead becoming acutely aware of the correct way to appropriately pose for pictures without looking like the current generation of teenagers. Say cheese…
Just cheese in general…
You probably just realised you have a huge craving for cheese alongside a glass of wine after reading that previous sentence.
Blender > Bag
The new addition of kitchen appliances to your life becomes overwhelmingly exciting. You quickly realise the electrical goods/home appliance offers are the most enticing section on Groupon.
So long, white noise
Suddenly, the hustle and bustle of boozing sends you in the opposite direction from the busy drinking holes you used to feel you’d struck gold a few years ago. Politely asking for a Tom Collins beats screaming over the sodden bar for three rounds of jaeger bombs.