In many instances, getting older is for the birds. For example: you drink two glasses of wine and have a hangover until 5 p.m. the next day. Paying bills is also a thing when you’re an adult, and a fairly tiresome one at that. But in some cases, getting old has serious perks. These include:
- You can pass on plans and not feel bad. Don’t feel like driving all the way out there for that event you don’t want to go to? Don’t want to go to that dive bar because it’s cold and you’re tired? No sweat.
- You can eliminate obnoxious people from your life without worry: When you’re in high school, you’re consumed with who likes you and who’s hanging out together and what everyone’s doing. In many cases, this means associating with people you can’t stand because they’re part of your social circle and/or your school is small. As an adult, this is no longer the case. That person sucks? Cut ’em out. Life’s too short.
- You actually learn how to cook stuff: You may even develop a signature dish that people ask you to make for them. No more Ramen noodles for you. Awww yeah. At the same time, if you had a crappy day and want to eat frozen waffles for dinner, that’s your prerogative.
- You can give your mom recipes: The other day my mom asked me to share a recipe with her and it was a proud, proud moment for me. I’m an adult. I cook stuff and it tastes good and she wanted to know how to cook it too.
- You enjoy being single: Why bounce from less-than-stellar boyfriend to less-than-stellar boyfriend? You’re fun and independent and fine on your own. Wait until someone worthwhile comes along.
- You know what you like and what you don’t: Whether it’s clothes, music, or hobbies, you have a sense of what you’re into and how you want to spend your time.
- You’ve got a plan(ish): Unlike when you first graduated college, you’ve got a plan in mind. You may not be as far along as you’d like, but you know where you want to be, and you’re working towards a goal.
What do you like about being a full-fledged adult?