Adulting: Everything You Need to Know But Were Afraid To Ask

Adulting is a pain in the ***. At least that was the thought racing through my mind when I got hit with the cold hard truth for the first time. I remember it like it was yesterday… nostalgic dream

Is This Adulting?

Well, it's simple; I was 18. An “adult.” And when you become one, you have to do things like get a job, pay the rent, learn how to invest your money, or get that sweet new Geekey multitool.



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I didn't work before then. Maybe an odd job here n' there, but I found a serious one real quick after that. Dad wasn't going to pay for my games anymore, and he never did since.

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What Does Adulting Really Mean?

“Adulting is an informal term to describe behavior that is seen as responsible and grown-up. This behavior often involves meeting the mundane demands of independent and professional living, such as paying bills and running errands.” 

According to Grammarist:

“Adulting is an expression popularized by the Millenial generation, used when discussing the feeling of accomplishment they get when performing adult tasks such as washing dishes, buying a suit or sending Christmas cards.”


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Here's the kicker. When you finish your adulting task, you feel better. There's just something great about seeing a sink full of dirty dishes, scoffing at it, eventually motivating yourself, washing those filthy things, and finally, after all that, getting a sense of relief. Grammar Girl Adulting describes acting like an adult or engaging in activities usually associated with adulthood—often responsible or boring tasks.

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What Does Adulting Mean in Texting?

Adulting in texting is pretty much the same thing, with a slight nuance to it. If someone were to text me, “Hey, what's up?” while I was adulting, I would text back, “Oh nothing, just adulting as usual.” There's a sarcastic undertone to it.

Adulting originated in a tweet all the way back in 2008. That tweet read: Grew up in a town of 2k and adulted 10 years NYC. Same values: Keeping the job. Feeding the family. Educating the kids. Buying the stuff.

Where Does Adulting Come From?

Is Making Your Bed Adulting?

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.

Personally, I love the word. To me, it embodies success and the work it takes to get there. It can also be used as a great business name as well. But does “Adulting” matter? Of course!

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