Adulting: The Bittersweet Challenges of Growing Up


As kids, we used to have the wrong notion that it’s easier to be a grown-up than to be a child. Growing up, we realize little by little that being a child was a lot easier.

Growing up is inevitable. You will get there. You may not like everything that life throws your way but, in a sense, it helps you become a better version of yourself. It will, however, depend on your mindset and how you deal with adulthood.

You might as well face and embrace the challenges and changes that adulthood brings. We have listed a few adult concerns that we both like and don’t like. It’s a contradiction of sorts, we know, but read on to understand what we mean.


What we like:

We like that we get to earn our own money and spend it however we want to. It allows us to take care of ourselves and become a blessing to our family and friends. We also get to contribute to the economy and make our communities more prosperous as we pay taxes.

Getting a job and holding one down gives us a real sense of accomplishment, and we’re proud of that.

What we don’t like:

As much as we would love to sleep in and stay in bed the whole day just watching Netflix, we need to get up early in the morning and rush off to work. We can’t just do anything we want to any time we want to because we now have obligations and responsibilities and that scares us.

Moving Out

moving out

What we like:

The moment we turn 16 or 17, we move out of the house thinking that we can now have the freedom to run our lives any way we want to. No curfews and no restricting parents to think of.

More importantly, moving out gives us some sense of independence that we are now our own masters. This independence gives us a greater sense of responsibility as we are now left to fend for ourselves.

What we don’t like:

While moving out makes us more independent and wiser, it comes at a price. Looking for a home and paying rent is never easy. You also have to consider paying for all your utilities, doing your own grocery shopping, and other adult stuff.

You don’t have your parents to take care of you when you get sick and you no longer have the conveniences and comforts of home that you are used to.

Handling Money

What we like:

One of the many important life skills that adulting brings is financial management and budgeting. The ability to handle money properly is crucial to a successful life. Of course, success is never just about financial abundance but wise money management helps secure your future.

Without this skill, how can you invest in a good home or look for a London or a Kent wedding venue for you and your fiance/fiancee or send your children to school?

What we don’t like:

As funny as it may be, it’s hard to manage something that you don’t have. One of the typical mistakes young adults make is spending their money lavishly and foolishly.

Which brings us back to the importance of money management. We need to have discipline and set the right spending habits.

Kicking Old Habits

What we like:

Getting rid of bad habits means we can start building new ones — better ones. For those of us who have always wanted to start fresh, this is an opportunity to reboot your life and upgrade it.

What we don’t like:

Kicking old habits is not easy but it is very possible to accomplish. In most cases, we fail to change because we’ve grown very comfortable and accustomed to our way of life that we refuse to grow.

Keep in mind that what you tolerate, you will never change. Change is never easy. It is often met with resistance because you are taking something out of its comfort zone, and most people like being comfortable.

No matter how you look at it, in most cases, the things we don’t like about adulthood all stem from our immaturity and refusal to face reality. If we want to succeed in life, we need to have a healthy mindset about adulthood and the challenges it brings. Once we get past the cons and start looking at things in a positive light, adulting becomes a lot easier.

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Meet our chief explorer, Faye Gonzales. With over a decade of travel experience, Faye is not only a passionate globetrotter but also a loving mom who understands the unique needs of family travelers. Her insights into family-friendly destinations and travel tips make her a trusted guide for parents seeking memorable adventures with their children.