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Adult Things No One Prepared You For

When you were little, you probably dreamed of adulthood. The phrase "When I grow up..." was probably tossed around with an air of whimsy and desire that made the progression of days seem more like a fairytale than a slow march towards death. And no matter how much you daydreamed about becoming self-sufficient and successful, there are plenty of adult things you never learned to do that leave you wondering, "WTF, Mom and Dad?" 

Ultimately, age doesn't matter; as long as you're physically capable, consider yourself age appropriate. But there are tons of things adults do that kids and teenagers never have to think about. Buying a house? Realizing you have back-fat rolls? Dealing with sexual harassment in the office? You may experience any or all of those examples during your career as an adult, and guess what? You won't have any clue what you're doing because no one prepared you for it. 

Many of the items on this list of things you learn when you grow up can't be taught. No one can really tell you what to expect when you have a baby, but why weren't we taught the best ways to grow our savings accounts? Or how to contribute to a 401k? There should be a class in high school similar to home economics that teaches you smart banking habits, how to file your taxes, and that lets you know one day, 70% of the friends you had will disappear into the murky abyss of social media. 

Do you ever wonder, "Why didn't anyone teach me that?" We all do! So if you're on board for creating a curriculum that actively scares the crap out of kids who are excited about being adults, you should contribute anything you wish you'd known going into adulthood! We can't promise it'll end up on a whiteboard or finals exam, but feel free to print out this list and hand it to your 10 year old. And - don't forget to vote up the items you think are the most critical to being an awesome adult.
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    How to Deal with A**holes... They're Everywhere!

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    Your Body Will Fall Apart

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    The American Dream Is Expensive

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    Even Your Dream Job Will Still Be... a Job

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    Your Metabolism WILL Change

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    Standing Up for Yourself in Uncomfortable Situations

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    Your Friend Circle Will Shrink

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    You Will Still Think in Terms of, "When I Grow Up..."

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    Your Whole Life Will Be a Series of "Fake It Til You Make It" Scenarios

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    You Will Have to Try Really Hard to Keep Meaningful People in Your Life

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    How to Handle Rejection, Both Personally and Professionally

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    Buying a Home

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    Your Parents Become Real People. And You Will Judge Them.

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    You'll Probably Feel Like a Little Kid Forever

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    How to Establish Credit

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    How to Manage Your Budget

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    Falling in Love Is About Romance AND Practicality

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    How to File Your Taxes

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    Fixing Home Repairs on Your Own

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    Being "Smart" Doesn't Really Matter... It's All About Motivation and Taking Action on Your Dreams

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    How to Grow Your Savings Account

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    Your College Education Probably Won't Apply to Your Job

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    Efficient Time Management Skills

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    How to Diagnose Car Problems

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