Culture Adult Things No One Prepared You For  

Lauren Slocum
9.9k votes 880 voters 18k views 39 items

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... T... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
How to Deal with A**holes... They're Everywhere!

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The American Dream Is Expensiv... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
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Your Body Will Fall Apart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
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Your Friend Circle Will Shrink is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Your Friend Circle Will Shrink

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348 64
Even Your Dream Job Will Still... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Even Your Dream Job Will Still Be... a Job

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334 59
Your Whole Life Will Be a Seri... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Your Whole Life Will Be a Series of "Fake It Til You Make It" Scenarios

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293 49
Standing Up for Yourself in Un... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Standing Up for Yourself in Uncomfortable Situations

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315 59
You Will Still Think in Terms ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
You Will Still Think in Terms of, "When I Grow Up..."

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320 69
Your Metabolism WILL Change is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Your Metabolism WILL Change

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256 47
You Will Have to Try Really Ha... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
You Will Have to Try Really Hard to Keep Meaningful People in Your Life

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242 57
Buying a Home is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Buying a Home

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217 47
How to Handle Rejection, Both ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
How to Handle Rejection, Both Personally and Professionally

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262 72
Your Parents Become Real Peopl... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Your Parents Become Real People. And You Will Judge Them.

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234 60
How to Establish Credit is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
How to Establish Credit

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208 51
You'll Probably Feel Like ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
You'll Probably Feel Like a Little Kid Forever

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185 46
Falling in Love Is About Roman... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Falling in Love Is About Romance AND Practicality

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219 68
Your College Education Probabl... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Your College Education Probably Won't Apply to Your Job

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187 50
How to File Your Taxes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
How to File Your Taxes

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204 63
Fixing Home Repairs on Your Ow... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Fixing Home Repairs on Your Own

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165 40
How to Manage Your Budget is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
How to Manage Your Budget

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148 36
The Workplace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
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164 47
Unemployment is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
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Efficient Time Management Skil... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Efficient Time Management Skills

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141 37
How to Grow Your Savings Accou... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
How to Grow Your Savings Account

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143 42
Setting Up a 401K is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Adult Things No One Prepared You For
Setting Up a 401K