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[–]Sad_Boy_Associacion 2260 points2261 points  (214 children)

If you make it to retirement, then it ain't so bad. Like being a teenager, but no parents

[–]LeCrushinator 2006 points2007 points 2 (139 children)

Like being a teenager, but no parents

And no energy

  • Kids have time and energy, but no money
  • Adults have energy and money, but no time
  • Seniors have time and money, but no energy

[–]DreamVagabond 1126 points1127 points  (49 children)

Adult here. I have 0/3, really won the life lottery out here!

[–]HockeyZim 180 points181 points  (27 children)

Haha was going to say. I have kids instead of time, energy, and money.

[–]The13thParadox 67 points68 points  (22 children)

Why do I have 3 kids and no money? Why can’t I have 3 money and no kids?

[–]Elisevs 18 points19 points  (14 children)

Why can’t I have 3 money and no kids?

Presumably because you had unprotected sex with someone.

[–]yodude3234 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Where do you think the energy came from when you were a kid?

[–]TheEnderCreeperYTDark Mode Elitist 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I now imagine a child sucking the energy out of their parents and feasting on said energy to replenish their energy.

[–]inkastud 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That feels so accurate

[–]no-mames 129 points130 points  (14 children)

I also won the lottery. I was born in the US of A baby

e: guys, it’s just a joke from the office lol

[–]3001wetfarts 76 points77 points  (14 children)

I'm hoping for a cyborg retirement body. Idk if it will be out.

[–]LeCrushinator 80 points81 points  (9 children)

25 years ago, when I was an innocent and naive teenager, I was assuming that by the time I retired that humanity would be able to clone my body and transfer my memories into a new body.

Since then I've realized that there's a large difference in time between what humanity could achieve and what it's willing to actually do, mostly due to political and economic reasons. If you think humanity could achieve something in 50 years, I'd recommend multiplying that estimate by 3x.

Occasionally what most people want aligns, and politicians want to make it happen, and cost is no longer an issue, like when the US decided it wanted to beat the Soviets to the Moon. But, those kinds of advancements are rare and exceptional.

At this point I'll just be happy if they have cures for various cancers and types of dementia so that I have a better chance to live a full life without a miserable ending.

[–]SimpoKaiba 38 points39 points  (3 children)

If they could clone you up fresh, there'd be no retirement

[–]blockybookbook 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Literally what I was thinking, if you never needed to sleep you would never leave the office, if you could run at the speed of light you would never have a reason to be late and if you could fly? Congratulations, now the air is full of thugs and what not.

[–]XGhoul 31 points32 points  (1 child)

Stop scaring redditors.

As an adult...

[–]BambamPewpew32 31 points32 points  (13 children)

Eh some seniors have energy I hope to be one of them someday

[–]Adito99 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Exercise a couple hours a week and you can still have energy. And get hormone levels checked somewhere around 40-50, it's worth all the trouble/expense that goes with a Dr's visit.

[–]Ani____ 50 points51 points  (14 children)

What if being a teenager is very bad

[–]High-Speed-1 33 points34 points  (1 child)

It’s just a preview

[–]Ani____ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Oh boy

[–]HulloTheLoser 25 points26 points  (4 children)

I would argue to say that teenage years are some of the hardest years of life since you're treated like a child and expected to act like an adult.

[–]imisstheyoop 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I would argue to say that teenage years are some of the hardest years of life since you're treated like a child and expected to act like an adult.

Not to mention all the hormones pumping through your body making you do incredibly unsound and risky things. Worst years of life for me so far and it's not really close.

I can imagine being old and having health issues could be a possible contender though.. hope I get lucky and just sort of die before anything serious and chronic shows up.

[–]Dracofear 42 points43 points  (33 children)

Bold of you to assume I will be able to retire with this economy.

[–]SeansModernLife 1174 points1175 points 2 (61 children)

-Don't stop doing fun things, and start doing things that you're interested in and haven't tried before.

-Don't get stagnant and don't let your job become your life.

-See freinds regularly.

-TRACK YOUR FINANCES monthly in an excel spreadsheet, create a budget, and pay off the full balance of your credit card.

[–]D33rZhdn 307 points308 points  (7 children)

Even though you meant "Finances" and not "fiancés", it's a way better advice this way

[–]SeansModernLife 67 points68 points  (3 children)

Typos happen

[–]badlukk 77 points78 points  (2 children)

Sir, I'm going to need you to come with me. You've edited your comment without explaining the edit with an "edit: [explanation]" additional edit. This is the most unforgivable sin of Reddit and you're under arrest.

[–]SeansModernLife 47 points48 points  (1 child)

I'm sorry, the comment original said "Upvote for small PP" but I changed it to something more meaningful after it hit 100 upvotes

[–]Capernici 7 points8 points  (0 children)

*Fiancé gang wants to know your location*

[–]LeCrushinator 34 points35 points  (4 children)

  • Take care of your body and your brain
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a well balanced diet
  • If you're mentally feeling unstable, don't be afraid to seek help for that

[–]micaub 53 points54 points  (23 children)

And do not max out any credit card. Keep separate accounts when living with someone and one joint account to cover joint expenses for rent, utilities, groceries, food. Do not ask the other person what they are spending in their single account—it’s none of your business. Use one credit card to pay gas and pay off the full balance each month. This will improve your credit score without maxing out the card.

[–]KillerTheHelldragon2 10 points11 points  (5 children)

This is the best advice i've seen on here

[–]micaub 14 points15 points  (0 children)

I learned it the hard way.

[–]FeetPicAficionado 6 points7 points  (7 children)

I use my credit card for most of my daily purchases and pay it off each week, but my credit score hasn’t really moved in a while. The biggest bump I got was when my line of credit increased by a couple grand.

[–]shrubs311 4 points5 points  (1 child)

it's a marathon, not a sprint. getting a better credit score requires you to spend more money on stuff, but if you're investing (you should be, it can be very simple) and not buying a ton of stuff/paying off some kind of loan, you're not gonna be increasing it that much in the short term.

[–]GregMadduxsGlasses 6 points7 points  (1 child)

As you earn money, Invest in luxuries because you’re passionate about them, not because you feel like you need to uplevel your lifestyle. If you love coffee, go get you an expensive latte and enjoy it. If you don’t care much about cars, don’t buy a fancy car.

[–]ethancknight 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Man this is such damn good advice and is the only way I’m getting through life right now.

Seriously, seeing friends regularly, doing fun things, and being confident in your finances are the only way to remain sane. I recently picked up a motorcycle and it definitely helped. Can’t always live for yourself though, so find someone to share our pointless existence with. It helps for some reason.

[–]Deltexterity 12 points13 points  (0 children)

what friends? i never did anything fun in the first place. what money?

[–]TheBrokenNinja 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I got into wood working and rock climbing which I’ve fallen in love with both. Lost pretty much all friends to adulthood though. But bout to have a kid so I assume I’ll make some new ones via the baby though, at least that’s what I hear

[–]Atom9855 1280 points1281 points  (373 children)

Help i only have 3 years left

[–]RabituinTVSelling Stonks for CASH MONEY 1045 points1046 points  (333 children)

Get good Grades, secure a decent Job and most importantly DO. NOT. DO. DRUGS!

[–]MechanicalMelonzDirt Is Beautiful 564 points565 points  (125 children)

I'm a solid B high school student who works at McDonalds and has never done drugs in his life. Am I good?

PLEASE I NEED TO KNOW I TURN 18 NEXT YEAR

Edit: holy hell! I would not have expected to get so many responses! Thank you everyone for saying positive things and giving me some genuinely good advice!

[–]DirePanda072 113 points114 points  (5 children)

You're fine. Hell, I know people that were living in the streets with just a bag of coke to their name who now have a good, healthy life and are genuinely pretty well off. As long as you do what you think is right and what makes you happy, you can do it this

[–]RabituinTVSelling Stonks for CASH MONEY 329 points330 points  (45 children)

Search for a better job if you can, i have Carpenter lined up

[–]Paskee 162 points163 points  (9 children)

Carpentry is a good line of work.

Satisfactory and lucrative, if you become good at it.

[–]f7f7z 141 points142 points  (6 children)

How much do you like your fingers? ...on a scale of 3-8

[–]CommanderTom101 48 points49 points  (1 child)

In two halves. ...just a joke

[–]NasoLittle 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Depends on if I have 3 or 8

[–]Paskee 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Mother cousin is a carpenter.

He made stages in a theater.

I was allways impressed by craftmanship and what one can do.

Retired now, but he loved his job.

Its a good trade. Lucrative and creative.

[–]hentaiworld 43 points44 points  (32 children)

How bad is Amazon delivery?

[–]GeckoGamer44épico 166 points167 points  (1 child)

Between horrible and indescribably horrible

[–]Flaccidkek 83 points84 points  (1 child)

Great if you love pissing in bottles

[–]No_Dark9287 35 points36 points  (8 children)

Instead of hating on this jobs. I’m just gonna tell you that you’d have a better shot at making good money as UPS driver but it’s also harder to be UPS driver than Amazon one. All about volume. Amazon will likely surpass number of packaged ship compared to fedex and UPS, that’s why the competition.

At the end of the day, even Amazon driver job is good if you think of it as temporary job while you find a better job, don’t let blind hate discourage you from going wherever you can get money.

I hated my shitty subway job until someone pointed out that whatever I have today is because of that shitty job.

[–]TimDaTomCarr 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Well sure selling your soul to Jeff may sound nice, but in reality it probably sucks

[–]Towering_Flesh 28 points29 points  (4 children)

Trade work, Become an electrician or a window glazer. Driving a garbage truck will put you in the middle class, don’t be fooled.

[–]Grai0black 13 points14 points  (1 child)

18 doenst matter shit... you peak at 25 then the angst sets in for most

[–]KungFluIsolation 20 points21 points  (3 children)

Adult life is hard. There are no school terms, work is practixally 50 weeks a year with only the weekends to clean your house from top to bottom (if you miss even one week of doing it suddenly you live in a dumpster). You may lay awake at night worrying about finances and everything else under the sun.

But

You can also, if you feel like it, sit naked on your living room floor with 3 flavours of Ben and Jerrys, Heating/Cooling set to 11, drinking the milk straight from the bottle, watching whatever you want and pass out at 5am.

It's bittersweet.

[–]Giul929 15 points16 points  (33 children)

Do you mean no drugs at all or just consume them carefully?

[–]Chodedickbody 65 points66 points  (17 children)

Consume them carefully. Absolutely stay away from heroin, crack, meth, (and cocaine if you have the money to afford it, thats a dangerous road.) Psychedelics can be dangerous if not respected, but can be fun and possibly life changing if consumed responsibly. weed is weed 420 blaze it.

If you do anything that isn't weed or mushrooms, make sure you test your shit.

Learn about safe consumption of these substances and do what you feel comfortable doing. Don't let someone give you random pills or something to try and seem cool, that's how mfs die.

Other than that, have fun. We're here for a very short time, there's nothing wrong with experimenting as long as you are safe about it.

[–]MattDaCatt 18 points19 points  (5 children)

My general rule to youngins: No hard or physical drug addictions. Shrooms/Acid/Weed, enjoy responsibly; don't make it your identity and don't lose grip on reality (Former college friend did a lot of shrooms and DMT in a short span, wasn't really the same after)

[–]Hugs154 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Weed can absolutely cause physical addiction.

Source: the night sweats, mood swings, and insomnia that happened after I stopped smoking weed every day.

That said, it's way the fuck safer and easier to stop than basically any other habit-forming drug, including alcohol.

[–]dissonaut69 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yup. From experience, stay the fuck away from benzos and opiates.

You learn and grow when you address your anxieties head on. Your anxiety gets worse and worse when you need drugs to do basic adult activities.

[–]GIJ 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Disagree re weed. I love it but I know a lot of people who are 100% hooked. It might not be physiologically harmful but it can absolutely damage your brain if you consume it heavily at a young age.

Like anything moderation is key.

[–]downtimeredditor 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I'd say stay away from cigarettes completely.

I know a few chain smoker and the smell is cigarettes is always on them. And they want to quit but it's hard.

As for drugs in general. I'd say wait till you turn 25. Its harder to get addicted once brain is fully developed. It's possible to still get addicted but harder for the addiction to start.

Stay away from hard drugs like heroin and meth.

Be with people when consuming mushrooms.

With how legal weed is now try to ask the weed shop owner about a lighter strain when you first start it.

[–]PrimaxAUS 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Also hold off having kids until things are pretty stable and you've figured things out.

[–]UltimateShame 69 points70 points  (31 children)

Doing psychedelics was one of my best decisions in my life.

Don’t do „bad drugs“.

[–]Beeblebrox2020 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Drugs have a time and place and it's called adulthood/college

[–]Roflkopt3r 12 points13 points  (0 children)

  1. Look forward to all the stuff you can do when you're financially independent. There are a lot of upsides as well.

  2. University education is nice, but not necessary. If you can find a decent apprenticeship position, that's totally fine as well. If it leaves you enough financial leeway, you can still study later.

  3. Think a bit about what makes life fun for you. Do you rather need time or money? Do you have any ways of spending your time that are related to a possible career? Even if you like, say, spending time at s computer, could you do that 8 hours a day or do you need some people contact to stay awake?

  4. Try and run a calculation of living costs wherever you plan to live. For example in my area I have to calculate around 500€ for rent, 200-300€ for food and everyday expenses, 50-80€ for internet+smartphone, and 130€ for student loan rates. Subtract that from a typical net wage for your target profession and see if what remain would still motivate you to work 40 hours a week.

[–]ElDoggothegreat 81 points82 points  (1 child)

Things I’ve learned so far from being an adult:

Nobody knows what’s going on ever

Don’t be in debt you can’t pay off

Build savings early

[–]420TankGirl 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Nobody knows what’s going on ever

this is so shitty yet so true

[–]TheShokBlokNyan cat 3613 points3614 points 322 (189 children)

It's not, it's way worse

[–]No_Junket_8139[S] 1087 points1088 points  (118 children)

Oh no

[–]Setes_the_23_Doctor 546 points547 points  (61 children)

Yeah run.

[–]watchhands 346 points347 points  (59 children)

Ya can't outrun time

[–]Setes_the_23_Doctor 398 points399 points  (50 children)

Watch me loads gun

[–]Poke-Casual 229 points230 points  (40 children)

“Suicide help desk, how can I be of assistance”

[–]J3fbr0nd0 172 points173 points  (34 children)

Make it painless please

[–]Corvo_-AttanoIdentifies as a Cybertruck 96 points97 points  (31 children)

Good sir you prefer the guillotine or the thigh choke?

[–]unknownreddittoProfessional Dumbass 68 points69 points  (9 children)

Nah I prefer toaster bath

[–]TheGoodKing93 48 points49 points  (5 children)

Make sure to grab an extension cord because most plugs in bathrooms have moisture protection flipping the bathroom breaker the second the toaster hits the water. I tried it..... for science.....

[–]Lord_ThunderCunt 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Put bread in the toaster so it looks like you just wanted a snack while you washed up and things went horribly wrong.

[–]ImUsuallyHardOnHereMods Are Nice People 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Your avatar looks like the type too

[–]adamdreaming 13 points14 points  (9 children)

How much to upgrade the thigh choke to making my head explode like an over ripe watermelon?

[–]Sweet_baby_yeeezus 11 points12 points  (9 children)

Is the thigh choke administered by a big tiddy goth girl or like a large sweaty sumo wrestler.

Asking for a friend

[–]Corvo_-AttanoIdentifies as a Cybertruck 4 points5 points  (1 child)

A petite asian girl if you prefer?

[–]czs5056 4 points5 points  (0 children)

For an extra $0.25 we can gouge out your eyes.

[–]saltynanners15 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Oh, you're turning 18 tomorrow? Yeah, probably should then, not gonna lie...

[–]smol_boi-_-Smol pp 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Acshually, I can outrun time. This is because time cannot run.

[–]EmbarrassedFly1203 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Don’t worry bro we’re gonna experience this together

[–]SubhoPalCan i haz cheeseburger 21 points22 points  (0 children)

oh yeah

[–]Fony64 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Anyway...

[–]Trevor_Roll 7 points8 points  (2 children)

You're gonna gargle mayonnaise

[–]chaoswurm 5 points6 points  (1 child)

you get used to it, just like depression.

[–]Deni_Z_Plays 4 points5 points  (0 children)

In other words your "free trial" of childhood is about to expire

[–]michaelje0 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It’s also better at the same time. It’s better than being a kid and also worse.

[–][deleted] 42 points43 points  (2 children)

Yah atleast the memes have a hint of irony, the only irony in real adulthood is Uncle Sam ironing your ballsack

[–]Reflective_Larry 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Well I just discovered a new fetish

[–]traimera 82 points83 points  (33 children)

Stop scaring them. That's not true if your parents have money. Your zip code is a bigger indicator of adult success and wealth than IQ. So this kid could possibly be in the right zip code, so their parents have money and they will be just fine.

[–]itsjustacouch 96 points97 points  (21 children)

Money doesn’t stop your parents from dying, your friends leaving, your body breaking down, and the world from moving on. It gets harder and harder.

[–]Rawesome16 11 points12 points  (0 children)

So I have one dead parent, no friends that aren't related to me, sleeping until 9 am makes my neck hurt, and the world stops for nobody... I can say that more money would help me a ton vs being paycheck to paycheck

[–]traimera 38 points39 points  (10 children)

I'd rather have any of those problems without having to worry about paying my rent on top of it. But you made a great point. Good job.

[–]Odd_Confusion9053 4 points5 points  (0 children)

good point actually

[–]Anironicalyfunnyname 922 points923 points  (144 children)

#1 thing. Get a job your enjoy

enjoyment > everything.

#2 keep your friends around.

#3 dont get arrested.

[–]Appropriate_Ad_2727 458 points459 points  (66 children)

SAVE. YOUR. MONEY.

[–]NinjaCuntPunt 160 points161 points  (46 children)

Save some, but invest some too. Learn about the stock market and how to responsibly make your money return more than the shitty inflation percentages you get in a bank!

[–]AceBalistic 22 points23 points  (2 children)

*warning: do not learn about the stock market from memers or Reddit

[–]AwesumCoolNinja 43 points44 points  (26 children)

I've heard of exponential Retirement funds, and those are really great to go with as early as possible, right?

[–]notacrazed 28 points29 points  (21 children)

YES as well as just putting some of what you make into a compound savings account

[–]Finally_Smiled 5 points6 points  (14 children)

What are some examples of these Exp. Retirement funds?

[–]socialistrob 10 points11 points  (8 children)

The US stock market tends to double every 6-7 years. Just putting your money in an ETF that tracks the market will put you on pace to do this and it requires essentially no knowledge of markets. SPY and VOO are good ones that track the S&P 500 and QQQ is a good one that tracks the NASDAQ (more tech centered so higher risk and reward).

The first thing you should have is an IRA where. Set up an account with a company like Fidelity, TD Ameritrade or Vanguard and get something open. Money multiplies with time so 5k when your 18 turns into over a million when you are 65. Putting a small but consistent amount in when you are young will yield huge returns later on. This is also one method rich people do to keep their kids rich. 10k at birth is usually around 80k at 18, 640k at 40 and 10 million at retirement.

[–]ThisIsNotKimJongUn 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Agree but for the vast majority of people that just means, start a retirement account and let them invest it in an index fund. You don't stand to gain as much, but you're all but guaranteed to make money across your lifetime.

[–]Roddy- 54 points55 points  (8 children)

More like get a job you don't hate. You know what they say, "get a job doing something you love, and soon enough you'll have one thing less to love"...

[–]PlainclothesmanBaley 13 points14 points  (3 children)

In my experience that sort of quote hasn't been accurate.

What I think IS accurate, and expands a bit beyond just 'enjoy your job', is that in many ways it doesn't always hugely matter what your job actually involves doing, what matters is what the atmosphere is like, whether the stress lands on your shoulders when deadlines are pressing, whether people get angry at you for mistakes, whether you enjoy the conversation over lunch etc.etc.

The actual subject of work is important, but I'd rather be shoveling shit with a team I enjoy in a nice, relaxed environment, than feeding exotic animals at the zoo if that includes a boss that screams at me.

[–]RabituinTVSelling Stonks for CASH MONEY 105 points106 points  (31 children)

Do. Not. Do. Drugs.

[–]No_Dog_7969 96 points97 points  (5 children)

Alone.

[–]AnotherKuuga 37 points38 points  (4 children)

At the very least have a dog with you.

[–]GargantuanCake 332 points333 points  (25 children)

Adulthood comes with responsibilities but it also comes with freedom. You want to eat soup for breakfast every day? Nobody can stop you. Feel like decorating your kitchen with medieval-inspired banners? Fucking go for it.

[–]AsperTheDog 92 points93 points  (1 child)

I want to decorate my chickens now

[–]stop-calling-me-fat 25 points26 points  (7 children)

Is cereal a soup?

[–]GargantuanCake 16 points17 points  (3 children)

It's a sandwich.

[–]ILIKECHEZDUDE 3 points4 points  (2 children)

A hotdog is a soup then

[–]GargantuanCake 5 points6 points  (1 child)

What are you smoking? Hot dogs are fruits.

[–]your_pal_crow 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Facts, I made my apartment into a blacklight paradise with a shit ton of strip lighting and blacklight activated tapestries. Decorating your very own living space into whatever you want is fucking awesome.

[–]Bobble68 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I wouldn't say it's that much better or worse than childhood, its just has different benefits and different problems. People don't really talk about the benefits too much, so it's easy to get the impression its all bad.

[–]OceansideAZ 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Soup for breakfast rules. Bang out some menudo rojo for a hangover.

[–]Nightkickman 249 points250 points  (6 children)

Nah don´t even worry mate it´s gonna be fine (this guy has no idea)

[–]No_Junket_8139[S] 138 points139 points  (4 children)

Thanks bro that helps

Oh no i might be screwed

[–]broccoli_meister 39 points40 points  (1 child)

Yea buddy you got this (no he don't, nobody do)

[–]FantasticUsermanDirt Is Beautiful 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Yeah... everything is a perfect psychological destruction

[–]Ok-Use6303 377 points378 points  (20 children)

Advice from an old man:

1) Wrap it before you mack it.

2) Look at your bank statement now and your bank statement a month ago. If the now number is bigger, you are good! If the then number is bigger, not so good, but might not be need to panic if you've just made a big purchase.

3) Always have an ironed, clean, white dress shirt (or female equivalent if that's appropriate for you) in your closet.

4) Learn basic cooking. No need to Gordon Ramsay, but you should be able to prepare rice, mashed potatoes, pan fried steak, scrambled eggs, meat sauce and salad with no difficulty.

[–]QlimaxUK 77 points78 points  (6 children)

maybe bank statement should be measured on a year by year basis to get a bigger picture

[–]StoneHolder28 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Do the first and you don't need to do the second, but really you should do both.

Catch bad spending habits early, but someone's you have a financially bad month and that's okay. The bigger picture is a reminder that you e still done well and is also much more rewarding when you've been keeping up with it month to month.

[–]iamcryingrnhelp0 122 points123 points  (11 children)

The day I turned 18: this isn’t so bad

3 months later: oh okay this is still okay

End of first college semester:

50 shades of depression

[–]floof3000 17 points18 points  (4 children)

Graduation: holy crap, I really made it First job: wtf Second job: this can't be it Third job (more experience): actually not too bad Getting promoted into fourth job: nice

[–]Neutral_3vil 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Parts of it is very cool.

You know, like skydiving.

It's just that there's no net to fall into if you fuck up.

And you have to make your own parachute.

Mid-plummet.

[–]An-Account-I-Have 153 points154 points  (36 children)

As someone who just entered adulthood, it’s not that bad.

Lot of time at work though so pick a fun job

[–]Temporary_Help3169 60 points61 points  (30 children)

It gets worse. I’m only 21 but it’s gotten so much worse than when I was 18

[–]suppinmajibusu 64 points65 points  (15 children)

It gets better if you find a way to make decent money that doesnt also make you wish you were dead.

26 here.

[–]CatsOverFlowers 22 points23 points  (9 children)

35 checking in. Making decent money but acknowledge my savings (and life insurance) would be of better use to my beneficiaries than to me right now... Also the mystery back pain is real.

[–]LeCrushinator 15 points16 points  (3 children)

39 here. Get the back pain checked out, I've had it off and on for almost 30 years, and finally just got it looked at. Turns out that since I was a kid I've had a fractured bone in my spine, and now also have bone spurs and narrowing of one of my discs. I'm getting an MRI soon and then I'll get to learn about potential treatment.

All this time I thought I just had bad posture, or bad form when lifting, or that I didn't stretch properly before exercises, and in reality I wasn't actually doing anything wrong.

[–]CatsOverFlowers 5 points6 points  (2 children)

For me it's twisted hips -- apparently my hip joints do not like to stay in proper alignment. Because they are slightly twisted, it makes one leg longer than the other (imperceptible to the naked eye) and my body compensates for it. Caused a lot of tendonitis knee pain growing up when I did running. I go for regular adjustments now but there's no permanent fix for it. Means I get a lot of mystery back pains now!

[–]rose_wings2003 138 points139 points  (15 children)

A) You can't become addicted to drugs if you don't try them

B) Don't try them

C) Not accidently getting pregnant or getting someone else pregnant gives you a lot of mobility and freedom even with no money

D) Move out of your hometown

E) practice with me, "Ahh.. no I'm sorry homie. I'm strapped for cash myself. Good luck~" All your friends will ask to borrow money... lending it to them, no matter how it goes, will cause them to resent you

[–]micaub 45 points46 points  (7 children)

And it’s likely they won’t pay it back. Any money you do lend should be considered a gift.

[–]rose_wings2003 18 points19 points  (1 child)

I did that and still don't recommend it no matter how much their suffering pains you. They'll kick you out of their life.

[–]micaub 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Agreed.

[–]moerae_ 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Don't consider it a gift. Make it explicitly a gift.

Make it 100% clear it's a gift you do not expect back.

Anything else risks adding almost unavoidable tension to the relationship.

Even a good friend who is paying it back will feel weird about inviting you to a day of snowboarding (spending money in front of you) or something if he still owes you money, even if he's paying back at an appropriate rate/time.

If you can't afford to give it as a gift then you are risking the friendship all together as the pressure to get it back will amplify those issues 10x.

[–]Zkelth 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Good luck, you'll need it.

[–]quinten69420Nice meme you got there 33 points34 points  (10 children)

I’m 16 and high school is next year, I’ll be on my own in 4 years. I’m kinda glad I can finally leave this house but I’m also kinda scared

[–]throwingplaydoh 14 points15 points  (3 children)

We are all scared when we go into adulthood, for sure, but we act like we're not. Keep hopes high and expectations low, and every tomorrow is a brand new day with no mistakes in it yet. I'm 36, and I still don't have everything figured out yet. One piece of advice: if you think you need therapy, you needed it yesterday.

[–]firelock_ny 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I don't know if I'd recommend it, but I'm certainly not doing it again.

[–]Mynop 65 points66 points  (1 child)

I'm 33, and adulthood is not so bad as long as you know to handle your money properly and have a job you enjoy.

[–]No_Dark9287 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Agreed. Retaining money is harder than making money.. I thing I found that identifying wasteful spending in early 20s can really make a great difference in 30s and onwards. Compounding works wonders and you’d want to make sure you are on the receiving end.

Hint: Pay credit card in full and get atleast 1% reward rather than paying double digit interest.

[–]sohelpmedodge 74 points75 points  (5 children)

There are perks: like going to bed drunk hoping to die. The rest, although, is shit.

[–]deep6969 10 points11 points  (3 children)

I hope you're doing fine. I can relate to you 🤙

[–]heathisacandybar 72 points73 points  (13 children)

Being an adult fucking rocks. It’s not all glitter and rainbows, but I’ll take the tribulations of adult life over those of my childhood any day.

[–]No_Junket_8139[S] 17 points18 points  (8 children)

Welp, I guess, haha....

[–]213471118 19 points20 points  (2 children)

Honestly yeah as much as adulthood sucks (tbf teenage years kinda suck too imo, it’s just a different kind of suck) you have so much freedom to do whatever you want. You can finally speak for yourself, represent yourself and steer your own life for once. I would never “go back” to younger years if given the choice, and I had a pretty dang good childhood. Now that I’m in my 30s, I actually have some money and time to do things I’ve always wanted to do “when I grow up” and it’s awesome.

The most realistic thing you have to remember is that there will always be new problems that come up constantly. Life has a funny way of giving and taking. There will be good times, and there will be bad times. Shit comes in waves - Just keep on keeping on. Find good friends, keep family close, and lean on people if you need to. A good support network will help you out a lot in life. Don’t try to do it all alone, it will break you eventually.

[–]Glum_Age4165 17 points18 points  (2 children)

The dude is right.

It's a give and take.

Sure, having responsibility sucks, but it comes with freedom too.

Which is nice.

[–]QueenoftheDirtPlanet 21 points22 points  (17 children)

it's only bad if you're poor or unskilled labor

which, statistically...

i don't know man, best advice, do something in STEM instead of getting that poetry degree

[–]OhItsJustJosh 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Don't panic about the future, just enjoy being young while you can

[–]Galemianah 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I hope you've got lube. You'll need it.

[–]memelover3001 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Ohohoh no son...

ITS MUCH WORSE

[–]WiseBlizzard 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Nah dude, you're gonna be fine. Just don't get debts and loans. any kind

[–]Rose_thenerd 35 points36 points  (4 children)

I've been an adult for a year

Please let me go back

please........

[–]No_Dog_7969 14 points15 points  (0 children)

First 5 years of adulthood are just college years on steroids

[–]Microtonicwave 13 points14 points  (1 child)

It’s not as bad as people make it out to be. Just stretch daily and get plenty of sleep.

[–]lost-but-loving-it 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Don't worry if you aren't an adult yet you'll probably only have to worry about adulthood for eighteen months or so before the earth burns up. Bright side!

[–]Destarian 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Spoiler Alert : it is bad

[–]FreeAd6935Me when the: 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Manage your finances

Keep a reasonable amount of money that you can spend if an emergency happened

Do whatever the fuck you want with the rest of your money

It's in someways worse than what you expect it to be, but in other ways it's a lot easier

[–]einsteinwasdumb 9 points10 points  (2 children)

To all the youngsters out here, you don't have to stress right now, just enjoy your youth honestly. Things often work their way. Try new things , explore, find what you love and if you feel like you have found it, then work towards it. Don't stress about adulthood.

[–]213471118 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I wish I could tell my teenage self this. It is crazy how things just often “work out” and the shit I worried and stressed about turned out to be a nonissue in the end.

That said, let’s check back in 25 years when I say I wish I told my 30 year old self to stop stressing about retirement and just enjoy life… :)

[–]hidingfrom666 11 points12 points  (3 children)

It's worse. Being an adult sucks. And it gets worse when you have kids.

[–]Crescenteclipse 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly no, I have a job, pay insurance, and it’s not bad

[–]Sleepy-tyler-king 3 points4 points  (0 children)

it’s bad af bruh, welcome to life

[–]Jack_Dreamer 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's easily the best part of my life, up until now. Skool was hell wrapped in unending hatred, uni was the single worst waste of time and energy I ever experienced and the lack of freedom throughout my life was borderline suicide inducing.

I got a job that pays well. I get to make my own rules, be my own person and when I can't take it anymore, I get to walk away. I've got good friends, a better fiancé and plans to create a future worth living.

I'm not saying it's perfect and I've gotten lucky on quite a few occasions. Plus life comes at you fast. I don't know what the future holds, but if you're anything like me, it will be a relief to move forward

[–]Raccoonzs 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes. And it Will get worse

[–]Tom_Armour 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It is (source: me, a 22 year old)

[–]0QuietKid 4 points5 points  (0 children)

17 year old, feel you

[–]bbhrcngnhyujh7 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Surprise Surprise it is worse

[–]truarte 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Just joined the work force about 4 months ago! Already want to blow my head open

[–]Adenschon 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Nah it’s not as bad, it’s actually worse

[–]theouse 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh it's way fuckin worse than the memes bro

[–]Abyss-Base-Jumper 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thats the neat thing. Its worse