Monday, May 19, 2014


Today's #BEDM topic is interesting: the best thing about being an adult. And that, my friends, is like asking what makes cheese so great. Everything.

I would like to preface this post by saying that while, yes, I am still in college (graduating in December), I am most definitely an adult. My mother and father haven't paid for anything of mine since the day I turned 18. When I was legally allowed to work at age 16, I had to get a job. And I've essentially been taking care of myself for as long as I can remember.

Those of you that don't know me personally may doubt this fact, but I've been an adult for much longer than your average 21-year-old. And I've definitely had my fair share of ups and downs during that time. 

Age 18: Terrified
Age 19: Too comfortable
Age 20: Just wanting to be 21
Age 21: Alcoholism kicks in (kidding)

It's definitely been an interesting ride, but being fully responsible for everything I do, have, and want is such a great feeling every day. I don't feel like I owe my parents anything. I don't have to ask permission to buy something. And I can really do just about anything I want without question. 

Being the freakishly independent person I am, this is a blessing.

The best thing about being an adult is, without a doubt, the freedom. I can do what I want. When I want. How I want. And that's probably why I love being single as well. I don't have to plan my life around other people. I don't have to answer to anyone. I can just be me and run around and act a fool when I want. And be a big kid when I don't want to be a college student. 

It's definitely been a fun 4 years of college with complete freedom, but I'm certainly looking forward to entering the real world for 9 months before returning to school for my masters... Which was never the plan for my life, ever. But that was, once again, a decision I made on my own (with some guidance).

It's definitely the one thing I'm going to appreciate when I take on the world for real. Having made difficult life decisions on my own before finding a job, buying a car or house, getting married, or having kids (which I'm not). Being fully responsible for my own wellbeing will make my transition a lot smoother than most.

And I like to think I will live my life a little something like this:

What do you love about being a big kid?

xoxo, jgp

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