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Friday, 1 April 2016

9 Things you can do When You're a Grown-up but Probably Won't...

Grown-up, consequences, teenagers, adultsI guess the illusion of what it's like to be a grown-up is so very different when we're teenagers. Why would anyone choose to conform, when possibilities for creating infinite mayhem and doing exactly as you please exist in the adult world?

I guess you can do anything you want (as long as it's legal) when you're all grown-up.

Just like childhood however, there are consequences...

Eat what ever you want
No one is going to judge if you eat chocolate, cookies, or cereal all day long. The calories however, will add inches to your waistline and trips to the dentist will be something you do a lot. It's with extreme reluctance that you admit your mum was probably right when she insisted you ate a healthy diet and didn't snack between meals.

Stay up all night
This was probably my idea of nirvana when I was growing up and had to be in bed before 9pm. As an adult, contemplating what would happen the following day at work doesn't bear thinking about. And even if you could stay awake long enough to watch an entire box set - chances are, you'll wake up with neck pain on the sofa the next morning, having slept through the whole series.

Buy what ever you want
You're a grown-up. With adulthood comes great responsibility - and also a credit card. Yay! It's just that by the time you've paid the bills, the mortgage, filled the fridge, popped a couple of bottles of wine (or beer) into the supermarket trolley, paid taxes, had the boiler fixed - plus a whole host of other grown up expenses that gobble up our wages - there may not be a lot left for anything you actually wanted to buy.

Time off for good behaviour
Time off work should be probably be redefined as time to catch up on all the domestic nonsense you haven't managed to accomplish while earning enough money to pay the bills. If you want a day off - you either need to leave the house and go somewhere for the entire day, or close your eyes and be oblivious to everything that requires your attention.

All the stuff you didn't manage to do before leaving the house (or choosing to ignore it) will still be waiting when you arrive home (or open your eyes).

Spend time with friends
While life on TV revolves around coffee shops, pubs and spending time with friends, keeping up with mates who also have crazy work schedules, children and busy lives of their own is the stuff of nightmares. There was a time where you couldn't manage without seeing friends each and every day - but now the months go by and you realise that you haven't managed to see anyone in a very long time.

Fake it until you make it
All the adults in our lives might have created the illusion that they knew exactly what they doing when we were children. They didn't. This realisation was a bitter disappointment when I became an adult myself and couldn't fathom out why I still wasn't any the wiser. I'm getting older and none of this is getting any easier.

So, what do you want to be when you grow up?
You probably knew exactly what you wanted to be when you were a child. Astronaut. Nurse. Vet. But as an adult does anyone actually know what they want to become when they eventually become fully fledged grown-ups? Or are we all still getting by the only way we know how to make a living?

Make a fuss about bed time
Sleep is a pastime that you no longer avoid. In fact, it may have become your new best friend as you're always happily to enjoy its company. In fact, given the choice between a late night, or a perfect night's sleep - most grown-ups would choose the latter.

Make as much mess as you like
Just as long as you remember you're the one that's going to have to clean it up.

Is there anything I've missed?

Copyright ©2016 Izzie Anderton


  1. Great post. You are so right as well, we are all so quick to grow up aren't we? And then we get there and it's not so great after all! That said, I know what I want to be when I grow up, because I'm finally doing it, I couldn't ask for anything more. I am nearly 36 though and I've only just got there ;)

  2. hahaha! This made me chuckle...
    I remember being a teen wanting everything like this. As an adult it isn't as much fun as I thought it would be.

  3. I couldn't wait to grow up and now I just want to be little again!

  4. The holy grail of sleep.........I need more sleep but my small people say otherwise! Staying up all night isn't on my list, I am in bed by 10 lol

  5. Ah there's never perfection is there? Sometimes that feels frustrating, sometimes I think it's the thing that keeps us going, striving, learning, and trying to improve. If there was perfection I guess we might stop trying? But yes, the irony of all this...

  6. How about hair dye? My mum wouldn't let me dye my hair when I was young, now I have to dye it regular just to keep the grey at bay. This is such a good post, kids just don't realise how lucky they are.

  7. Haha great post. I always wanted to grow up - now a day as a carefree teenager would be fab

  8. Your post is spot on - I don't think you missed a thing! Sleep ... Ah how I miss sleep!

  9. In my mind I'm still 18 only then I was responsible for just myself but now there is a whole host of people that rely on me!

  10. Haha I see so much of my younger self in my daughter these days, she is desperate to be a grown up and I keep telling her to enjoy being a child whilst she can because whilst it's great to be a Mummy, being a grown up isn't half as much fun as being a child!

  11. If only we realised when we were teenagers but like they say, you can't put an old head on young shoulders!

  12. If only I could appreciate being an adult and actually do these things, but oh no I am all conventional now

  13. Oh gosh I LOVE this list - so much that I'm going to show it to my 10 year old now!! :)

  14. Great post Izzie. All really resonate with me as I am finding out! The main ones being seeing my friends - you're right. It's so hard to find the time at the moment. And sleep... such a commodity these days! x

  15. It's funny how your perspective changes doesn't it? Great post and yes I agree with all of those

  16. Hi Izzie, I can hear teenagers all over the place thinking that being an adult is so great. It's not until you become one that you realise it's absolutely no different than being a teenager, except it comes with less free time and more responsibilities.

    I'm still trying to work out what I plan to do when I'm grown up and as for staying up all night? Why? And as for living in a tip, somethings never change!


  17. Haha these are so excellently true. I've been known to have the odd "eat whatever I want" day, but always regret it! (Almost always ;-) )


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