I have to say, “adulting” has its ups and downs.
Some days I feel liberated and have my ducks in a row- and other days, I’m down on myself and my ducks are all over the place. Sometimes I’m out with friends and enjoying my freedom, and other times I’m sad to be alone. I might feel great about completing one task, but I’m completely daunted by the next one.
The older you get, the more you have to appreciate the good moments when you can get them. Being an adult isn’t always easy, but I’m thrilled to be (for the most part) in charge of my life. Each day, I am learning to be a little easier on myself. I never used to cut myself any slack and I’m beginning to let go a little. When I do something stupid in traffic, I try to stop myself from feeling awful inside and remember that it was a mistake. When I’m stretching my last dollar, I remember to be grateful for all that I have. And when I start to feel as if I’m falling backwards with no safety net, I remind myself that I can always go home. The truth is, if you beat yourself up over every little thing, you’re going to feel pretty bad. And sometimes, screwing up or asking dumb questions (or both) is the only way to learn.
It’s scary being on your own for the first time, but those little micro-milestones (like your first grocery shop alone or your first phone call with the insurance company) give you confidence. I feel like a new person since I left high school. I know I can count on myself; and even if I can’t, I have people who support me.
I’m still new at this adult thing, but I’d say I’m doing alright. 😉